sarahkeenihan

Day 18. Trees for Life

In August 2012 on August 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

I’m trying to convince a retired member of my family to grow seedlings for Trees for Life.

Without putting too fine a point on it, benefits such as regular social contact, a daily committment and positive feedback with success would follow.

With grower workshops running in October and November, it’s the perfect time to commit.

Do you fit the criteria?

TIME: Daily attention is required from November to May. Allow:

• 15 mins per day – watering & monitoring; and

• 1 hour per week – maintenance; plus

• The initial set up – this is time consuming. Tube filling takes one hour per box with one person (we recommend you get some friends to help out here).

AN APPROPRIATE SITE: You must be able to provide a space in direct sunlight for a minimum of 8 hours a day. Six boxes take up one square metre.

A RAISED GROWING BENCH: It is critical to keep your boxes off the ground away from slugs, soil-borne diseases, weeds and animals so you will need to set up a growing bench at waist height. Your bench must be sturdy, free draining and allow good airflow.

SHADECLOTH: You will need to cover your seedlings with a 50% density shadecloth during the early stages of growing.

WATER: Some bore water and saline water may not be suitable. If you can grow vegetable seedlings you should be able to grow native seedlings. We estimate that growing ten boxes may add up to $8 to your mains water bill.

See here for more details. I’ll let you know how I go with the subtle pressure….

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  1. If there was a ‘Like’ button function on your blog I would push it!

  2. There is a ‘like’ button for each post ! There is also a ‘like’ button on my facebook page 🙂

    http://www.facebook.com/scienceforlife365

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