Last year in an effort to have armadillo-free pots I used composted mulch and rock dust, the praises of which videos extolled, i.e. high praise.
Some things did okay. But I had no peas to speak of, as opposed to a dozen and a half sturdy pea plants supplying me with a good handful of peas a day for lunch. I had to admit defeat, but I remembered that in the past I used outside soil as starter for my indoor compost. It’s great for including a worm or two, which multiply over winter, but invariably there are armadillo bugs, which are hard to see once they roll into a pebble-looking ball.
The 24″ Fiskars pot in which I want to plant solar tomato seeds, since they seem to be the happiest to over-winter indoors, doesn’t look like it has any armadillo bugs. But, they’ve fooled me before.
2/16/2015 ~ Ay yii yii. (expression used to show frustration, hopelessness, sadness, annoyance and so on and so forth.) Yesterday I removed dozens and dozens of armadillo bugs from the soil. Today as I began topping up and turning the soil there were three bugs, in the very first trowel full. Two were easily lifted out, but one successfully hid for nearly a quarter hour.
Back on track, I mixed armadillo-free soil from my 24″ pot with peat moss. I’d previously put small peat pots into a 6 pot tray that came with plants I ordered last year from Parks. The plants had the best root systems of any plants I’ve ordered in years, not counting 6″ pots from High Country Gardens.
On second thought I took the remote thermometer from my mushrooms and put it under the dome with the tomato seeds. It read 58.1*. I’m very curious to see if the temperature rises as the light, hopefully, heats up the soil and interior of the dome.
A few hours later: it’s up to 60.3* under the dome with the LED light shining on it. Just to be clear, that’s 2* warmer than the rest of my living room.
10/16/2016 ~ Darn it, I can’t remember why that didn’t work in the end.