This blog is about my garden located in Melbourne, Australia, where summer heat and long periods without rain can make gardening a challenge. It is the gateway to a series of my blogs showing you how I deal with these conditions....John Ashworth 22/04/2017.
have used a cold frame to bring on seedlings during winter for many
years, and more recently modified it to give all year round
climate and pest protection.
The latest incarnation called the EcoPropagator uses wicking bed
principles to keep seedlings moist and their growing medium biologically active at all times.
It was designed to make good use of space within the constraints of standard hardware store sizes of polycarbonate sheet and 9mm marine
plywood. The links below take you to my webpages where I describe the EcoPropagator's construction and operation in detail.
use a 75mm layer of soil with a very high proportion (75%) of high
quality, homemade, biologically active, finely sieved compost as a
are sown in groups in organic seed raising soil in plastic mini pots
sunk up to their rims in this medium and when mature enough, the
seedlings are transplanted individually into fibre minipots and returned
to the wicking medium to be grown-on ready for planting in my
EcoPropagators provide me with all the capacity I need to grow seedlings
and cuttings all year round for the whole of my garden, and cope well
with the usual heavy demand in spring.
have been extremely useful, reliably growing new plants as and when
required. Failures of seeds to germinate or plants to be checked during
transplantation are rare. Growth is rapid and seedlings are strong and