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My front and back garden desperately needed some plants. It has plenty of weeds and bare soil. I had a few free seed packets. I decided I would try my hand had propagating them.
I looked on the Internet and found the Garland super seven windowsill propagator it stated the approximately length of tray was 75.5cm, approximately width of tray 17.5cm approximately dimensions with lid 17 x 10 x13cm.when I measured mine the measurements were the same as quoted.
I saw the image and I thought it would fit nicely on the windowsill in the kitchen a lot better than loads of pots with plastic bags on. I brought mine from buy now on eBay for £19.99 there is also an electric heated by Garland. Garland Super7 Electric Heated Windowsill Propagator G51I for £29.99.
This product arrived in a long cardboard box. It consists of a green coloured plastic tray, a capillary matting, the seven mini green propagators with drainage holes and clear lid covers which have vents in the top which allowed me to turn the vent to open to allow air in, or close, for no air.
I went for this one because I didn't want to use electric. My bill is dearer enough as it is without adding to it and I also like to safe energy. This propagator has turned out to be suitable for me.
There is a leaflet with instructions for use of the super seven self-watering propagation system, also the leaflets states" the large capacity water reservoir contains enough water to keep each propagator moist for up to 2 weeks depending on the weather conditions "I found this to be accurate when I filled it with water.
Also the leaflets states the "capillary matting should last 2 years in hard water areas". The leaflet also states "If it is affect by lime scale deposits it states to soak capillary matting in weak vinegar solution then rinse the matting thoroughly before use". I have not needed to do this yet.
I followed the instructions I placed the black support platform into the reservoir tray. The capillary matting is white on one side and grey on the top side. I then wet the capillary matting and placed it white side down on the platform. As instructed in the leaflet. The leaflet states to make sure overhang is equal in both sides and to tuck the overhanging capillary matting inside the tray on the leaflet it says there is a mark with words fill here mind didn't have this it just as the mark which is a long line you after to cut away the matting around that point to expose the water refill hole.
I filled the mini propagators with seed compost and water it. I sprinkle the seeds thinly over the moisten compost and covered the seeds with a thin layer of compost on those seeds that required it. I checked the back of the seed packets to make sure which needed covering or not. I placed the lids on top of the mini propagators with vents closed. Then I stood each self-contained mini propagators on top of the capillary matting I finely place the unit on my kitchen windowsill which it fits nicely across.
The seeds seem to draw the water from the capillary matting when they require water same as when you water an indoor plant from the bottom of the pot.
This does the job for me I've propagator a few seeds in this with great success just now waiting to be able to plant them out once there is no frost in the ground. I have already brought more seeds to propagate in this unit. Now the gardens will be full of flowers rather than barren.
I like the idea that each propagator is in their own secluded environment so I reduce the risk of cross contamination between each variety of plants I have planted.
At time of review the price range: £19,99
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