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Blog entry by jroot posted 12-31-2009 06:07 PM 4789 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was motivated by so many of you to start the WS challenge.

Here are the photos.

I’ll be taking them outside shortly and will post photos of them there soon.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown



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MsDebbieP

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posted 12-31-2009 09:28 PM

ooooh a great collection!!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 12-31-2009 10:55 PM

Neat idea Jroot way to go.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 12-31-2009 11:43 PM

Egg cartons in a big plastic bin is a great idea. How tall is the plastic cover over the egg cartons? Is this what you used last year, too?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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jroot

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posted 01-01-2010 12:38 AM

It is a couple of inches. I have indeed used this in the past. What I will do ( but haven’t yet … to busy) is put some snow under the plastic, and then set it outside. The idea is to facsimile what Mother Nature does. Hopefully the squirrels will leave it alone.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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posted 01-01-2010 12:49 PM

snow under the plastic.. now isn’t that smart!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-04-2010 06:27 PM

Great Ideas!!! I can’t wait to see them come up!!

-- Brad, http://www.container-gardening-for-you.com

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posted 05-06-2010 02:21 PM

Jroot, how are these seeds doing? Have you transplanted into bigger flats?

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 05-06-2010 03:41 PM

Good morning, Iris43. WS is an experiment at the best of times. I think it works wonders for perennials, but for annuals, I am not so sure.

The thyme is up ( barely ) and has been transplanted to a larger pot. The chard is doing well and is also transplanted, as are the mixed annuals. These, I started in egg cartons. The problem I encountered is that they set their roots, and they went into the carton, so I had to carefully tear the carton and plant the part with the roots in. I must admit I lost a lot doing this. I won’t ever use egg cartons again.

The black poppies and the annual poppies are up, but VERY small. The ones sown in the garden last fall are MUCH superior. Another lesson learned.

The peas are at least a foot tall, and growing quickly in the container wheel barrel I posted earlier.

S0 … some success … but not as much as I had hoped for. ;~)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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