Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Forgotten Zucchini

Previously I had mentioned that using plastic containers to protect seedlings  was a viable idea.  This conclusion is now cemented into my mind because of a discovery I made.

A plastic strawberry container with forgotten zucchini seeds.  The seeds had sprouted.

Two perfect sprouts were nestled inside.  They had been forgotten, and yet they survived.

The perforations in the plastic allowed the plants to breathe, and also allowed water to enter.  Basically, the same concept as winter sowing.  This time, though, it was a different type of plastic.

Indeed, the root structure of these forgotten zucchini plants was quite strong.

They were ready for transplant.  Of course, since I had completely forgotten about them, I had no clue where I could place them.  Nothing was prepared, and I was just about out of garden soil.

Finally, I found an area in my wild section that looked like it had once held a tree that had been uprooted, or something.  It was an indentation on the ground, and would work for a surprise planting.

It was easily cleared, and the soil was very healthy.  For some reason, the wild growth didn't have a particularly deep root system.  This made it perfect for me.  I mixed my remaining top soil with the soil inside the indentation, and planted my forgotten sprouts inside.

Now, it's not my intention to plant my zucchini in a mound structure, understand.  The reason it looks like this right now is that, as mentioned earlier, there wasn't enough soil.  As soon as I make it to the garden center I'll buy enough soil to fill in the remaining area.

Isn't it funny how someone who wants to get away from buying garden soil has already taken trips to the garden center to buy a few bags?

I really hope my compost is ready soon...

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