Not the same one my american daughter-in-law means,
when she asks my grandson if he wants to, 'go potty?'
And I don't mean POTTY
as in dotty, silly, insane...
although any, or all, of these could apply.
I am talking potty mixes...or as you may refer to them,
I am loving science in my Fat Fruit Greenhouse.
Here are the first of my experiments.
Following the progress of the plants, in and out of the greenhouse,
and evaluating the performance of the various potting mixes
will be interesting.
Like a real scientist, I have planned my experiments with one variable
(i.e. same plants, same pots, same potting mix but in a different location - in greenhouse/not in greenhouse. Or same plants, same location, different potting mix formula.)
Some plants and seeds have been also planted in the garden beds...
these are my 'control groups'.
Seedling producers are making it easier for us scientists. by providing these mixed punnets.
These were perfect for my experiments.
I have planted one of each variety,
in the same soil mix, and the same type and size pot.
One will be living inside the greenhouse
and one outside.
|Ooops!...the eggplants didn't make it into the experiments.|
Formula #1 - (20 October)
50% cheap potting mix
50% well rotted manure
Added blood and bone.
All seedlings and seeds in the greenhouse
- Grafted Grosse Lisse tomato
- Early money tomato
- Egg plants (grown from seed - can't remember the type)
On the left: tomato - early money
Right - tomato - grafted gross lisse.
Both in IKEA self watering pots, which I already owned.
Formula #2 - (23 Oct)
70% good quality potting mix
25% well rotted compost
5% river gravel/sand
Seedlings in greenhouse
- Tomato - Early money (will be able to compare with same variety in Formula #1)
- Chilli - black pearl
- Chilli - habenero heat
Chilli - Black pearl
Formula #3 - (23 Oct)
Good potting mix only
Seedlings in self watering pots in green house AND outside, AND in garden bed.
- Capsicum - Yolo Wonder
- Capsicum - Sweet Mumma
Capsicum's eye-view of the sky, through the greenhouse roof.
There are some Broad Ripple tomatoes in that hanging basket.
I grew these from Diggers' seed, from a plant found growing
in a crack in the footpath in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis.
How could I resist that? The above mentioned D.I.L.,
lovely son, only granddaughter and Mr Muscle
live in Indianapolis.
Formula #4 - (23 Oct)
70 % well rotted compost
20 % good potting mix
10% river gravel/stones 10%
Seedlings in the greenhouse AND in same type of containers outside.
- Capsicum - Big Bertha (I am a bit scared of her!)
- Capsicum - Cherry Pick
- Capsicum - Golden Bell
- Cucumber - Crystal apple (also in garden bed)
Seeds (24 Oct)
- Canteloupe/rock melon
- Salad mix (Goodman seeds, corn salsd, mizuna, mibuna, spinach, lettuce, rocket)
- Beetroot - crimson globe (Mr Fothergills) - also in garden 3 days earlier.
- Spring onion - white lisbon (Mr Fothergils) - also in garden 3 days earlier.
- Chilli - Ever bearing perennial - Rainbow Chilli.
I will have to become a chilli fan,
with gorgeous bejeweled specimens like this one.
And even though it may look like it...
it is NOT plastic!
There is a way to go, before the greenhouse begins to live up to its name and is full of fat fruit.
But, I am sure you will agree, that progress is being made!