End of Month View of the Garden: End of February 2017
The weather in February started off quite balanced, and reasonable, but ended with a blast by Storm Doris, who helped herself to several fence panels, and the felt off my shed roof, but did leave me with someone’s tent, 2 parts of a plastic Christmas Tree and an empty shoebox.
Disclaimer: I have not been asked to review this product, I just chose to do so, I have had no contact with the company and I am not associated with them in any way.
I recently saw these new items in a local supermarket and thought I’d give them a try out. These are Biodegradable pods pre-sown with a seed into a Coir growing medium, with pelleted fertiliser already added.
The information on the website states “The new and innovative Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® Seed Pods™ are unique and exclusive pods with all you need to grow your own veg at home containing vegetable seeds, coir compost, and Miracle-Gro continuous release plant food.
All you are required to do is peel off the lid, pop your pod in to your garden soil or compost, water and watch your pod grow! The seeds are planted at the correct depth for optimum germination while the coir compost helps retain moisture and protect the seed. This is then enriched with Miracle-Gro plant food which helps feed the seedling for up to six months of life to promote a healthy development. The shell is 100% biodegradable and will break down in to the soil allowing the roots to grow freely and deeply.
Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pods™ are guaranteed to grow* indoors or out, in pots and containers, hanging baskets, gro-bags or directly into the ground”.
They are made by the same people who make Miracle-Grow Fertilisers.
I purchased 1 pod of a Salad tomato which was called Maestria F1, 1 pod of a Cucumber called Tanja and 1 pod of a sweet pepper called Lamuyo F1.
The instructions are under the peel off lid, and they have all the information on sowing, growing in and how long from germination to harvesting.
The instructions state that each pod contains fertiliser, growing medium, (that’ll be the coir), 2 seeds and a anti-fungal agent. Although so far, I’ve not been able to find out any more information on which Anti-fungal agent is being used.
So following the instructions I peeled off the lid and popped the pod into a pot of Multi purpose compost, and watered well.
Because the Coir was so dry I had a bit of a floaty moment.
I took the opportunity to see what was under the Coir….
I discovered the fertiliser was not mixed into the coir, just in the bottom of the pod.
After a bit of exploring on the manufacturer’s website, I discovered that’s how the pod was designed.
The instructions state that the pod should be placed in a sunny position and watered every day, also if more than one seedling appears then the weakest seedling should be removed to allow the remaining one the grow on.
So the three pots were labelled up, watered well, placed on my bathroom windowsill and the waiting began.
About 10 days later.
So far 3 Tomatoes have germinated, 1 Cucumber and no Sweet Peppers.
The manufacturer states on the label that the pods are guaranteed to grow, so I will wait a while longer for the pepper to appear before testing that guarantee.
These pods were really easy to use, the instructions are clearly set out and easy to follow, it will be interesting to see how the seedlings develop and grow.
This system is aimed at the beginner or amateur grower who wants a quick and less fuss way of starting some veg seeds, or perhaps people who have mobility issues with their hands and struggle with small seeds.
To be continued as the plants grow on……
The Cucumber seedling suddenly collapsed and failed. That was the end of any cucumbers for this year.
However to Tomato plant grew on very strongly and had to have the 2 weaker seedlings removed to enable the strongest to grow in.
After a couple of weeks I potted up the Tomato into a bigger pot, and got a good look at the root ball forming through the grow-pot.
Nice and well developed.
So here is my tomato plant in a big final pot, already with a fruit forming and flowers indicating more to follow.
Here is my chosen Sweet Pepper Plant growing away nicely.
Over all its been an interesting trial, the pods cost me £1.11 each, if I had separated all the seedling that emerged across all the pods I would have ended up with more plants.
However when the seedlings had grown and the pods needed potting up I still had to purchase some pots and compost to fill in around the pods, and its really not that hard to pick up a few packets of seeds at the same time.
I feel this is an expensive way to grow some Tomato, Cucumber and Pepper Plants.
However as I’ve previously mentions with in this blog, these could make a nice gift for someone who wants to try this product and could be useful for some one with mobility issues with their hands.
If you have any questions about this trial I did, then please use the comments box below.