Irises forum: Gabe's temporary critter proof greenhouse

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Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
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Cuzz4short
Oct 25, 2016 8:45 AM CST
Some try different things. Soaking seeds then fridging them to cool, some just pot and wait for a surprise... What ever works for you, great Thumbs up I'm trying several ways, why, because I can Rolling on the floor laughing

One way I'm try is a mini greenhouse or temporary greenhouse. I was gifted some nice modern seeds. I also heard there's a 93% germination rate, the first year. I just wanted to see. I have 1500+ seeds to play with, so I'm giving it a try and hoping for success. Here's my simple and CHEAP home for the seeds.

Here's a simple step by step:

Grab a clear Sterrelite bin with a CLEAR lid. Preferably the low flat ones, like for Christmas wrapping paper. I chose a deeper one, it doesn't matter.
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Next, drill drainage holes throughout the bottom. Don't press hard or the plastic will shatter! Let the drill do it's job. Anywhere in the mold of plastic where water would sit, drill a hole!!!
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Add PAVER sand to the bottom, maybe an inch to 1.5 inches. You don't want to lose your precious nutrients from your soil. This will help save a little on that. Make sure it's wetted while applying or it'll just fall through the drainage holes.
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Now, start adding what ever POTTING MIX you want, doesn't need to be seed starter mix, but that's what I went with because I had some sitting. I add a bunch of sand and some perlite to it as well, maybe 6 inches worth of soil to the next layer
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After that, find a place to put it. I chose on top of a wide Paver rock in the garden. Receives sun and shade there. Water it good to where you see great drainage and cover up and let sit for a day.Temps were low 50's yesterday morning and you can see the moisture built up inside from the flashed pic.
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Now the fun part. I bought Wal-Mart poly placemats. For my bin I shoupd have bought three. Said $2 each, but rang up .75 at the register Hurray!
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Where the top of the soil line is, I cut the place mats the long way about 1.5 inches higher than that, with a scissor.

I next used a patching spade to cut through the soil and sand creating a line, to plate the place mats thru. Don't try to skip this, the mat is strong enough to just carve itself into place.
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Place your mat pieces how you want. I chose 11 total sections. Bigger the section the more seeds you can place. Most of mine were in the range of 15 to 25 seeds.
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Now, with DRY seeds, or you soaked ones, start counting and labeling first. Press down your soil, then take a pencil, stick, a Lazer beam, I don't care, and make your seed holes about half inch. After that's all done lay a little more soil covering all the holes evenly. Heavily mist and cover up. MAKE SURE YOUR SOIL NEVER DRIES OUT BETWEEN NOW AND EVER!!!! Germination inhibitors will kick in otherwise and reduce chances of future germination.
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Stay Tuned to next year and we'll see if we have something to work with...
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Garden Photography Region: United States of America Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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Cuzz4short
Oct 25, 2016 8:48 AM CST
Ps. Labels are made with oil based paint pens. No real elements to battle, so they're fade proof. I also used cheap shades my mom was going to trash as labels...my treasure I guess.
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Oct 25, 2016 9:23 AM CST
Looks great! Thumbs up I can't wait to see how the experiment works.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Oct 25, 2016 10:59 AM CST
The tight plastic lid won't heat up the box too much in the sun? I just wondered if a couple of air holes need to be put in the sides? I guess you will let us know!
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Oct 25, 2016 11:09 AM CST
Good-going, Idea-Man!
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Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Garden Photography Region: United States of America Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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Cuzz4short
Oct 25, 2016 5:23 PM CST
Lestv said:The tight plastic lid won't heat up the box too much in the sun? I just wondered if a couple of air holes need to be put in the sides? I guess you will let us know!


Good question,really don't know the answer. The big cool is starting here, so I'm not worried as much now. The spring time I'd probably keep an eye on it. Hopefully I can take the lid completely off if there's a permanent fixture installed in time.
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Oct 26, 2016 3:50 AM CST
Great idea! Thumbs up

For my limited space, I guess I could even stack the boxes on top of each other until the seeds start to germinate...
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Oct 26, 2016 3:53 AM CST
It will be interesting to see the results of your experiment. Smiling
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