Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Making this Gardening Chore Less Annoying

I pulled out all the garden pots we used last year out of the storage box and decided to clean them all to get them ready to sow seeds this week.  This is definitely not one of my favorite chores.  If you are re-using pots, it's best to give them a good wash, to remove any debris on the pots that might be harboring bacteria and to prevent from transmitting plant diseases that will cause havoc on your new seedlings.  I am using a baby bottle brush to scrub the pots, this one has a sponge on the tip, and bristles on the bottom.  It's a great little tool to clean out the pots, especially the smaller pots.  I find that using a tool like this makes this chore a lot less annoying.  I cleaned the pots with a little bleach and water, then washed it with dish detergent.  Then I let it air dry before I added starter soil and the seeds.  Sow here we go!

11 comments:

  1. I'm always bad about this part : )Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. I hadn't thought of using a bottle brush. Great idea.

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  3. I hate doing that too but it is important.

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  4. One of my least favorite tasks. The bottle brush is a good idea; each year I just soak the pots in 1 part bleach and 9 parts of water in the utility sink. The brush gets the crud off better I would think. Why is gardening so dirty?

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  5. Annoying task, but essential! Good luck with the sowing!

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  6. Great suggestion to use that kind of scrub brush.
    Sow away, yay!

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  7. Hate cleaning my pots! I usually just wait until summer and power wash them to death with the hose. Good idea though! :D

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  8. Ya know, although I know it should be done - I never clean my pots. I know, i'm a bad, bad gardener....hehe...

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  9. I just use those little individual dealies you soak in water to puff up. I do sometimes need to put them into larger pots until it's time to plant outside, though. I am bad about cleaning my pots. I don't get it done often. I like the idea of the brush.

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  10. I was thinking soaking them in a five gallon buck with bleach water would do it.

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