Purple carrots, black Russian tomatoes, yellow zucchini – yum! Having a nursery to grow your own seedlings means you can grow wonderful heirloom varieties that are often hardier, easier to grow and far more exciting than conventional varieties available at a typical nursery retailers. It also means you can have seedlings that are vibrantly healthy and ready for planting right when you need them!
A personal home nursery isn’t just for those well-off gardening fanatics out there. With a bit of do-it-yourself effort, it is a little luxury well within the reach of many.
When planning your nursery, think about the local weather conditions. If your garden is prone to damage from strong winter westerlies and southerly winds, consider placing sheeting on the southern and western sides of the building. Think about the position of the sun, and how the nursery can be positioned to ensure seedlings receive as much of those warming winter rays as possible.
Local climate is also important. Providing white shade cloth that can be rolled out over the roof on hot summer days can help to keep seedlings inside cool and stress free.
Of course, when considering building materials, recycled materials are best. Why not consider a frame made from old hardwood timber fence posts? Dig up some ACR fencing to use as shelves. Or just get creative!
Protect your seedlings from predators by wiring some of the sides.
Install an automatic timer to water them at the end of each day – link this to your water tank. If you want to get really clever, ensure the nursery floor slopes slightly so that water runs off into a water loving blueberry patch – brilliant!
These tips have been provided by Happy Earth, the blog by Alison Mellor and Richard Walter, both recognised on the cover of the Wollongong White Pages and Yellow Pages by Sensis as Australians Creating a Better Future,