TESTS # 1: Plant in the unusual!

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Hello to all friends gardeners!

We decided to start a new series: In fact, we realized for you tests seen on social networks to check whether or not it works!

The first test that we have done for you is to plant in a little everything that dragged in fact!

To do what ? Well, how many of you say “I would like to garden but I have to go buy pots, and then anyway: no place! “. Well here it is: no more excuses for budding gardeners!

You will see that with a lemon, rolls of PQ and a box of egg you can have a real small garden (or at least a good start)!

The rolls of PQ.

First step, pull up your sleeves! Cut and fold PQ rolls to make small pots. Be careful, it’s not waterproof so you have to put them in cups, cups, or whatever you have on hand.

The hardest is behind you promised! Now, you have to plant without planting yourself (ah-ah-ah).

In each of your little pots, put potting soil until they are filled and sow seeds without burying them. We chose radishes because they germinate quickly but it is necessary to replant them because the containers are not really adapted to the growth of the radishes. Water gently.

There is nothing to do but wait for it to grow! Water as needed. Ah, but how to know? Easy: download Groww. We tell you (among other things) when to water depending on the plant and the weather (it’s magic!).

Once the seedlings have real leaves, simply repot them or bury them directly in the garden.

And to know the verdict, it’s at the end of this article!

The lemon

Follow the same steps here as for the PQ rolls.

The inside of the lemon must be removed to keep only the skin. How are you going? It’s easy !

Then, just like in the first test, fill the lemon with potting soil and plant small seeds. Water gently.

Just wait and water as Groww tells you.

Once the seedlings are big enough, you can plant the lemon. A little advice: make some holes in the skin because it is thick and it will promote growth!

Eggs.

For eggs, nothing complicated either. First, make an omelette, or pancakes or whatever you want. Keep the shells and wash them. Be careful, think about taking organic eggs!

Once the shells are clean, you can put them back in the box and fill them with potting soil. Fill the empty cells and plant your seeds.

For the continuation, you must begin to know: you water according to the need. Be careful because the egg box tends to dry very quickly, so water frequently enough.

Finally, we repot. You can cut out the egg box to separate the seedlings. For shells, you can drill holes in the bottom to speed up the decomposition process. (And what’s more, it’s great for enriching the earth!)

There you go ! Like what, no need for much planting: toilet paper, a box of egg, a little soil and the case is in the bag (or radishes are in the plate, the choice 😉).

Verdict?

Well, it works!

You can see the evolution until the potting right here, proof in picture. What’s on is that it’s a great alternative to plastic pots! It’s eco-friendly, it’s bibi-yoyo and it’s fun!

For lemon, it worked very well. After a few days, the skin darkens and hardens. You must be careful about watering because the skin is completely waterproof and therefore does not evacuate the water supplement. That’s why we advise you to make small holes before repotting.

The rolls of PQ had a little trouble starting because we were so afraid of not watering enough that we have watered too much (yes, it happens even to the best!). But the radishes finally took over and grew well. PQ rolls are a little moldy, which is normal for breaking down cardboard.

The egg box worked very well and started to bio-degrade shortly before it was repotted. The shells on the other hand had a little more trouble, due to too much impermeability probably. But once repotted, the radishes could take more space and evolve like the others.

Does it tempt you? Do not hesitate to test and tag us on social networks, it would make us really happy.

Dr. Kimberly Seltzer

Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley Research Assistant, MIT

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