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Plants do well in 58 degrees-72 degrees+ indoor



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Plants do well in 58 degrees-72 degrees+ indoor temperatures. The soil should be fertile and loose. Remove any garden beds (they may be transplants).

Mix in a bucket of warm water:

¼ teaspoon each of CoralSea Premium Starter and Beneficial.

To keep plants nice and happy, add:

¼ teaspoon of Miracle-Gro or Hydroponic and Vypar.

Depending on weather, mix and then apply a little at a time with a hand-held sprayer, in two passes.

Keep up on applications throughout the growing cycle.

Do NOT add fertilizer at this time.

How it's done...

Cover the seedling tray with a layer of newspaper.

Water the tray with a wide fan of water. If seedlings dry out, wet again.

With a little hand-held sprayer, lightly mist the seedlings with a soil-free fertilizer.

#### 21. Transplant &, Haul

This may be done in the greenhouse with seedlings, or outdoors in the garden. Here's the right time to move out of dormancy and to shock seedlings to full growth.

You must first acclimate these new plants to the greenhouse environment.

#### 22. Root Trenches

Put the pot in a warm spot in the greenhouse and allow it to adjust. If you don't, the roots will become cramped and probably die. If a new pot has arrived, cover the existing roots with gravel to reduce water loss. If they're frozen, add a little hot water. Give them another day to thaw.

Once the roots are thawed, water with a gentle spray.

Keep them watered at all times. (In the cold climate, this is essential.)

Never, ever, water while the greenhouse is heating or being ventilated.

Be sure to maintain the same water and fertilizing schedule for the first few days of their new life in the greenhouse, as they've been used to the warm indoor environment.

However, after the third day, adjust to the new growing conditions.

How it's done...

Make a hole for the pot.

Once the pot has been planted, water with a gentle spray.

Rake up the soil and keep it moist.

#### 23. How to care for seedlings

Indoor growth of many crops takes from four to eight weeks. The only plants we know of that are slower to grow than a seedling are orchids.

Before the first week, in the first few days after germination, begin to care for your seedlings with this type of watering schedule.

• Fill a sprayer with warm water and mix in ¼ teaspoon of Beneficial or Coral Sea Premium Starter.

• Spray every two to three days, and stop when soil is saturated.

• Cover the tray with newspaper.

• This can be done in the morning or evening.

Maintain the watering schedule.

#### 24. Mixing &, Vermicomposting

This may be done either in the soil, or in pots filled with vermicompost. We've both done both. The advantages of soil mixing are that you have access to the earthworm poo, and you don't have to maintain vermicompost. Vermicompost should not be used for transplanting.

How it's done...

When you're ready to start your seedlings, dig a hole for each pot and set each plant in place. Remove the pot.

Fill the hole with a little vermicompost and water in, and spread the soil with a fork to remove air pockets.

Mix the vermicompost with the fertilizer by hand.

Spray.

Water until the plant starts to get larger, and continue to do so.

Continue to do this every two to three days until your seeds start to sprout.

As seedlings get bigger, remember to continue to water but avoid too much water and overwatering.

Keep the soil moist.

When the plants start to get big, stop water and let them get dry.

_**How to use vermicompost**_

A 3-foot by 3-foot bin can be used to prepare your own compost.

Here's what to do:

Wear gloves and boots when turning the bin to avoid getting dust in your eyes.

Fill the bin with an organic waste mixture such as manure, leaves, grass clippings, and so on.

Fill with a mixture of worm castings, chopped leaves, grass clippings, newspaper, and garden compost, and add a little organic matter.

Cover the bin with an opening at the top so that insects can enter.

You'll need to add worms to the top once a week.

Add 2 inches of water to the bottom of the bin.

Turn the bin once a week until the worms break down the waste and the bed is mixed with nutrients.

Vermicompost is the fertile, nitrogen-rich, rich-in-bacteria, life-giving product of worms feeding on organic waste. The bin is available at farm stores and it's small enough to be kept in your kitchen, or you may find one at a park or through a local organization.

#### 25. Bonsai &, Fan Plantings

In order to grow any plants in the same way as bonsai trees, you have to start them off as seedlings. Once they are three to four inches tall, you can pot them into bigger containers.

After they have grown a foot or two in a three-inch pot, you can transfer them to a 5-inch pot.

How it's done...

You can buy large pots in which to plant your seedlings.

Seedlings should be potted into shallow compost mixed with grit, sand, and organic fertilizer.

Be sure to select the proper pot size and type. This will increase their survival rate.

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