Plant and go away propagators for cucurbits

These are my favourite toys, for three reasons:

1. They recycle an otherwise single use bit of rubbish
2. They allow us to plant seeds and go away for a week, without worry
3. They are fun to make!

The wick conveys water so you can be quite reckless about going away and leaving your plants, and as long as you don’t fill to the top, the clear plastic rim creates a nice warm, breeze-free micro-climate that supports squashes, pumpkins and cucumbers for their first few days of growth – after that they crawl out of the planter and take over the windowsill, so hearty are they!

Take a 1.5 litre or 2 litre pop bottle and cut it in half, ensuring the bottom half is slightly taller than the top half

Drill a hole in the lid, big enough to take a doubled cotton-rich string about 40 cm long

Make a knot in the string, so that a couple of inches stick up through the lid and the loose ends hang down beneath

Put the lid back on the bottle

Fill the upper half of the bottle with soil, pulling the loop of string to the centre so it runs up through the compost/potting medium. Fill the bottom of the bottle with water

Sow two cucumber, pumpkin or squash seeds in the soil, edge on – it’s best to label the planter at stage 2, but I always forget until this point!
Water each planter well from the top, on the first occasion and give it a nice tap to ensure any air pockets inside the soil collapse so the ‘wick’ can convey water easily

Set in a sunny place and watch them thrive!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, April 26, 2012


Blogger Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

Looks really simple to make!

April 26, 2012 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Tanya, they are a great thing to make when it's raining outdoors - uses up down time and gets more seedlings on the go!

April 27, 2012 at 3:03 AM  
Blogger Belinda Robinson said...

Oh yes! I like that idea - our caterers at work should be able to help me out on that.

Thanks for posting!

April 29, 2012 at 2:26 AM  
Blogger CatDonkey1 said...

Made 4 of these 3 weeks ago, planted 2 pumpkins in each one and dutifully left them on the bathroom windowsill... Currently have 6 healthy looking plants, 2 of which are having a good go at escaping out the window they have grown so big! Great idea :)

May 23, 2012 at 4:29 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

CatDonkey1 - glad they've worked for you - I couldn't live without them in spring!

May 29, 2012 at 9:47 AM  

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