DIY Self watering seed starting tray

It’s been ages I posted any article in my blog. Let’s not get into details of why. Here’s something that I wanted to share with you guys. I came across a sachet of cucumber seeds while I was shopping in Auchan and I couldn’t resist getting them.  I dint want to sow them in a big container since I am a balcony gardener and space is a constraint like many of you guys out there. Also dint want to spend on getting a seed tray.

Why not make my own. I dint need anything fancy looking, just wanted something that would serve the purpose. Here is a simple diy seed starting tray that I made, which hardly took me 20 mins to prepare.

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These are the items that are readily available at your home to make one:

  1. A  plastic container with a lid ( I used an empty plastic sweet box)
  2. Few disposable plastic/paper cups
  3. A pair of Scissors
  4. Coco peat and water

Using your scissors start making as many holes that could accommodate your plastic cups on the lid of the container. Ensure that the holes being made on the lid are a little smaller than the circumference of the plastic cups coz you do not want to completely immerse them in water. It’s not necessary to drill perfect circles on the lid just ensure that the plastic cups fit in the holes made.

Then make small pores at the bottom of the plastic cups for drainage and for the roots to protrude. I did mine by heating a small knife which would melt the plastic on making contact. Start making small pores using the tip of the hot knife/scissors.

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Now you could start adding in the soil and plant your seeds in the plastic cups. Place all the plastic cups in the lid and fill in the container with water. Now close the lid of the water filled container. You now have a seed starting tray with self watering system enabled.

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Curry Leaf Tree

I was gifted a Curry Leaf Tree by my Mom and I was so excited to have my own herb garden setup in my balcony. The plant was very fragile and was packed in a small grow bag. I transferred the plant to a bigger pot. The plant started growing and I was glad the plant gave more folliage..

Will update you when it becomes a taller tree with more folliage..

Desert Rose

After almost 4 months my Desert Rose has bloomed in my balcony garden. and Its a site to look at.. I was sure the Desert rose would never bud, but it ved me wrong when i saw the buds in almost all the branches.. I was so delighted.. I love the bright pink colored flower and its wroth the wait..

The Desert Rose is a low maintenance plant and doesnt require you to water it everyday. The Desert Rose require adequate sunlight for it to bloom.. If you are wondering why your Desert Rose hasnt flowered yet, it would have probably needed more sunlight. Watering frequency could be twice week so that the bulb enlarges and looks like a bonsai tree which actually is not..