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Sunday, January 20, 2019 G. Kins Catinthehat, WA

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Another crazy idea! Grocery sack method: I put cardboard in the bottom, then I loaded this paper sack up with wet dirt. The plastic bags, doubled or tripled, are strong enough to pick this plant up. The paper sacks can be peeled away at planting time and the plastic slid out from under, with the cardboard helping. The paper sacks will be weak but they are supposed to act like a big peat pot and allow the roots to grow into a friendly barrier.

All & all the goal is to get a bigger plant with more roots but still be able to transplant it outside, without bending or breaking even a single root. The paper bags hold 5-6 gallons of dirt, they're shorter than a 5 gal bucket but slightly wider. The cardboard can either stay or be removed, if it stays it will get eaten by worms it'll soon be soft enough the roots will go through it.

Hard to explain. I'll post again in a week when I do the test planting. Planting a pumpkin February 1st...??? It's gonna have to be a really lucky plant with that planting date! We did have one year that did not freeze beyond February, but the odds of that must be 50-1 against.

Trying these new tricks now so I will be ready. If you've been on the planet awhile, you have no doubt learned that new things always must be tested first. Going good so far...!

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