June 15, 2014

Burpee live plants for the straw bale garden

I had some gaps where I could fit a few plants in the bales after a few seedlings failed to transplant successfully. I had lost my remaining seedlings to the sun when my greenhouse hit more than 120 degrees and melted the tray plastic. Next year, I'll put a mesh cover on after April, or just take down the greenhouse when the outside temps hit 70.

I ordered two types of peppers and an eggplant through Burpee's mix and match program. The plants were shipped quickly and arrived in this clever container that did a good job keeping them safe.


Burpee provided excellent instructions with clear illustrations so I knew to water them a specified amount immediately, place them in a warm but not too sunny location, and wait a day before transplanting. Following the instructions was easy and the plants thrived overnight.


Here's a shot of the plants after I took them out of their packaging. Given they were in a UPS truck, they look pretty good. My UPS driver is super nice and took extra good care to be gentle with the box.

I planted each in the bales and they did well. The peppers transplanted with no problem. Eggplants are high maintenance and needed a couple days of thorough watering to perk up. They're totally fine now.

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