Using seeds and starter roots is a common way to begin growing plants. In order for them to sustain the outdoors, they have to be strong. The growing stages should be started in a controlled, indoor environment.
Start the Plants in a Growing Room
To begin you’ll need to be using peat growing pots, start seeds, and samples from other plants in a growing room. You should use good quality topsoil that includes compost and fertilizer. Natural fertilizer options are ideal for this purpose.
The plants should be started roughly two months before they are intended to be planted into the ground.
Consider a Garden Room
Garden Rooms, such as those found at Garden Spaces, are small detached buildings that fit into your backyard space. They are wooden buildings with glass doors to let the light in. During the warmer, sunny days, the door can be left open to allow more sunlight and air through. They are brilliant for use as offices or ‘outdoor’ lounge areas, and so what’s better than brining in some of your newly grown plants into your new outdoor office?
As plants are starting to grow, fertilizer and plant food are important. Once per week a feeding and fertilization process should take place. This ensures that the plants will grow strong and be healthy enough for transplanting.
It is important to use plant food that has a specific classification for the type of plant it is being used on. There are other types of plant food that some may prefer, however, this can affect the growth of the plant. I would recommend using traditional plant food whenever possible.
Consider the Use of Compost
Using compost to help put more nutrients into the soil is ideal. This is natural plant food that also helps the plants once they are in the ground. It is ideal to mix compost into the soil that the items will be planted in.
Ideal composting materials:
- Carrot skins
- Egg shells
- Onion skins
- Garlic skins
- Potato skins
- Apple peels
- Banana Peels
Any fruit or vegetable that is leftover after preparation can be used. This creates fortified soil in a better way. The overall health of the plants will be better and this adds nutritional value to them.
Compost piles should be started a minimum of six months before they are planned to be used.
Use Large Containers for Root Development
When you are starting the seeds or samples in the growing room, always use a bigger pot than you really need. What this does is allow for better root development. Stronger roots become healthier and heartier when transplanted.
The pot should not be too much larger though. Roughly three times the size of the seed planting area is sufficient. Plants that will become large should be in a container that is 10 – 12 inches in diameter to start.
Using these methods, you can easily create a great starter room. Label each shelf and pot so that nothing is confused. Feeding the wrong food to a plant is detrimental to the growth of it and can completely kill the plant.
Separate your plant food and keep it labeled to prevent this from happening.
The soil where the items will be transplanted should be prepared two weeks before the plants are intended to enter the ground. This includes two cycles of rototilling and a good fertilization process. Irrigation should also be in place.
If the plants still seem a little weak, let them grow inside the growing room for another week or two. This will help them to gain strength.