Convertible greenhouse

With the Bashewa winds, that constant, breezy brother that cools us in summer and blows right through us in winter, it is almost impossible to get your seedlings not to dry out.

But do not despair!

I found this wonderful solution: a convertible greenhouse.

convertible greenhouse

For all those handy people out there, it looks quite straightforward to make.

And how practical. When not in use, simply stack away against a wall.

The other thing I like about it, with my six-foot-three frame, is that when you work in it, you can actually work unhindered without having to bend and stoop and do some sort of gymnastics!

Gotta make me one.


Growing rose trimmings in potatoes?

I found this article by chance, and I just had to share it.

Rose trimmings in potatoes

Apparently you can successfully grow rose cuttings (and other cuttings) in this way:

1. Cut an 20cm tip piece of healthy rose bush at a 45-degree angle. Be sure to use clean pruning clippers. Use plant pieces immediately or place them in a plastic bag on ice if you are not going to use them immediately.
2. Snip off dead flower heads and hips down to the first set of healthy leaves.
3. Fill a medium-size flower pot with high-quality potting medium. Moisten the soil slightly.
4. Create a 8cm hole in a peeled Irish potato using a clean screwdriver that is the same diameter as your rose clipping.
5. Brush some rooting compound on the cutting and shake off the excess. Place the cutting into the potato hole.
6. Make a hole in the potting medium for the potato with a clean spoon.
7. Place the potato into the hole, allowing only the cutting to be exposed.
8. Cover the cutting with an empty and clean soda bottle to create a mini-greenhouse. Twist the bottle slightly to be sure that it is solid in the soil.
9. Place the pot in a warm and light location away from direct sunlight. Remove the bottle from the cutting for a few minutes daily to allow the cutting to breathe. Do not disturb the cutting until you see new growth forming. Keep the soil moist.
10. Pull lightly on the cutting and if you feel resistance, roots have developed.
11. Relocate the pot, without the bottle, to a sunny location with more direct light and allow the cutting to grow until you will harden it off. Keep the soil moist.
12. Harden off the cutting, by gradually exposing it to outdoor temperatures, starting with a few hours each day in a sheltered location with plenty of light but no direct sun. Keep the soil moist.
13. Transplant into the garden after one week of hardening.

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