As much as I love my Orange Tree I have discovered something terrible!
After I put the tree in the tent, it became… comfortable. The temperature was just right and the conditions were very favorable for the eggs from some gnats to hatch that had been previously laid while the tree was at the nursery.
UGH!!! NO GOOD!!!
So, in order to combat the gnats I purchased two products:
The Gnat Stix are basically Popsicle sticks that attach to a grid that looks and acts like fly paper. The gnats stick to it.
The Diatomaceous Earth basically stops the gnats from reproducing and since gnats have a short life span it works pretty well. Its a white powder that just gets sprinkled over top of the soil. It kind of reminds me of using talc powder, only the plant version.
It was completely on a whim. I was in HTG Supply picking up some stuff for the garden and decided, well, rooted vegetables sound like a great idea.
The thought was as simple as that.
At this point it is too cold to start the outdoor garden so, it made sense.
The soil tent started to take shape and the first seeds were planted on March 11th. While I was at it, I also purchased a navel orange tree. I wanted to see how it would do in the tent along with the other items. The soil I used was the MiracleGro plant soil.
I used regular tap water to water the plants.
This is the final set up of the tent on March 12th.