I bought this today Salvation army for $1.99 its called a "Plant nurse air machine". I have absolutely no idea how its works except to know that it is "supposed" to put air into the soil I guess kinda its kinda like an aerator. ??? idk. But I thought for $1.99 whats the harm in buying it? I was sure that I could google it and find out if it worked or not. Now I know that this is pretty old. Probably from the 70s at least. I looked up the name of it, the company name, even typed in air compressor for plants (yeah weird but that's what it is...) and NOTHING came up. Absolutely NADA, zilch. Now that's what is really weird because you can google ANYTHING and come up with some thing at least. idk maybe I am putting in the wrong thing.
And with it being that old you would think that it would be missing some parts, but no, its like brand new. The instruction booklet is even there. I'm going to try it and if it doesn't do anything oh well...
This is my post at thrifty fun.com its about starting seeds cheaply. And as you can see my project takes up the entire kitchen table. (we never eat at it anyway) My husband is the best. He made these out of scrap wood and a florescent light. In the catalogs carts to start seeds with are really expensive. and plant lights, forgettabout it. use fluorescent.. its cheaper. I started everything out in the seed trays then graduated to the peat pots. they are the best! They are biodegradable, which mean they will just break down in the soil, plus the roots grow right through them. So not only are they very "green" they eliminate transplant shock because the entire thing is planted in the ground (or pot..)
I started out with one row which held three trays .. 72 cells each... I expanded to 2 trays... then 3 and wait... I have to start veggies...then 4. of course the only problem with this is you don't have room to upgrade the plants to bigger pots... (I didn't think of that *oops*). Now you see that where as the trays hold 72 the jiffy pots hold 18 for the exact same space so if you total that up it leaves 54... yeah.. where do I put those???
Now this is my first year starting seeds inside...well.. actually its pretty much my first attempt at gardening period. So I feel that its okay for me to have been a little greedy.
Next year I will remember this and not make this mistake again... Live and learn!
FYI.. annuals grow ALOT faster than perennials and biennials... yeah I didn't know that.
There's a second tier... and I put some in the middle. LOL
Now all I have to do is finish hardening them off and plant them babies! *yay!*