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Jiffy Peat Strips Another Gardening Convenience

Mar 4, 2006
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:easy to use, makes for faster planting, time-saver when transplanting

Cons:biodegradable except the peat pots may not decompose in a timely fashion

The Bottom Line: These Jiffy Strips make gardening a bit faster and are easy to use.


Is there such a thing as quick gardening? While gardening for me is never quick, and truth be told, I enjoy playing in the dirt ... Jiffy Peat Strips speed the task along. I’m not going to break any gardening speed records, but the work does go a bit faster.


Description

Jiffy Peat Strips are similar to the Jiffy Square Pots, only all the squares are connected together forming one unit. If you are familiar with a cardboard egg carton, these joined squares look something like the bottom section of an egg carton.

A peat pot is made from compressed peat formed into the shape of a pot. Jiffy peat pots are made from sphagnum peat and a combination of recycled wood fiber. They are organic, containing no chemicals. The peat pots are soft to the touch, yet the compressed material produces a sturdy pot with stiff sides. Since these pots are uniform in shape, they fit well inside one another. When the strips are stacked, sometimes it takes a bit of wiggling to free them; but I have never had a peat pot damaged.

Jiffy Strips come in a variety of sizes. Here is a sampling of the sizes available:

1 3/4" pots – 10 pots to a strip (2 rows of 5 peat pots)
2 1/4" pots – 12 pots to a strip (2 rows of 6 peat pots)
3" pots – 6 pots to a strip (2 rows of 3 peat pots)


My Experiences

These Jiffy Strips are a bit faster to work with than individual Jiffy Peat Pots. Since there are many peat pots in a strip, it is simple to take a strip of pots and plop them in a tray. Several of these strips will fit in one Perma-Nest plastic tray (22" x 11"). These Jiffy Strips are also sold as a combo-pack with the strips and a plastic tray wrapped together.

I usually plant flower seeds in these peat pot strips. Some flowers are meant to grow close together, which means I won’t have to break the strips apart when planting. I rarely grow vegetable seeds in these strips since I know I will have to break the joined peat pots apart before planting.

When I use individual Jiffy Pots, I have to fill each pot one at a time with soil. A Jiffy Strip makes this task go a bit faster. I can take a bag of soil and pour the soil over the strip of pots. Since the pots are connected, the soil will not leak between the pots. After pouring the soil, I take my hand and smooth the soil evenly in the peat pots. From there, I can poke the seeds into the soil and water them. I keep the peat pots in a warm location covered with plastic wrap until the plants begin to germinate.

Once the seeds begin to emerge, I remove the plastic wrap and move the plant trays to my basement where I have tables set up under fluorescent lights. I use regular florescent tube lights and not special grow lights. I make sure the light source is close to the plants. My fluorescent lights are attached to the beams in my basement via chains. The chains are height adjustable, so that I can lift the lights higher as the plants grow.

When the temperature outdoors is warm enough, I harden off my plants by placing the trays outside in a shaded area for the day. I bring them indoors before night falls and the temperature cools. The plants do the indoor/outdoor routine for about a week before I plant the peat pots in the soil.

When placing these pots in the ground, I always make sure the rim of the pot is below the soil level. That way the compressed peat won’t wick water away from the plant. Don’t be afraid to rip the rim of the pot to trim it if it sits higher than the soil level. If the roots have not penetrated any portion of the peat pot, then I break away the bottom of the pot before planting to allow the roots easier access to the garden soil.

Peat pots are made from organic material, and therefore, designed to breakdown in the soil. I live in New England. My growing season goes roughly from May/June through September/October. Sometimes these peat pots don’t decompose during the growing season. When turning the soil over in the garden, it is not unusual for me to uncover peat pots that have not yet eroded. Sometimes I’ll stomp on the pot to help break it apart, then I’ll turn the pot under the soil again. Eventually, the pots will decompose.

Do you have to own peat pots to start seeds indoors? The answer is no. I save my plastic yogurt containers (and beg them from coworkers). Using an awl, I poke three or four holes into the bottom of each plastic yogurt cup. I fill the containers with soil, and plant the seeds. The yogurt cups work well. However, one has to remove the plant from the cup to plant it. If a plant is prone to root shock during transplanting, then yogurt cups might not be a good solution. As a rule, I have had good luck with using yogurt cups for planting when I don’t have peat pots on hand.


Purchasing

My local nurseries sell these Jiffy Strips, and so do seed catalogs and online gardening stores. Here is a sample of pricing:

1 3/4" pots – 10 pots to a strip (2 rows of 5 peat pots)
120 pots/$9.40, 240 pots/$13.15

2 1/4" pots – 12 pots to a strip (2 rows of 6 peat pots)
96 pots/$5.95, 144 pots/$11.00, 288 pots/$16.50

3" pots – 6 pots to a strip (2 rows of 3 peat pots)
72 pots/$14.75, 144 pots/$20.95

I most often see these strips offered in the 2 1/4" and 3" sizes. Sometimes one can also find them in a multipack with the pots measuring 2 1/2".


Summary

The Jiffy Peat Strips are a convenience product ... especially when planting flowers that grow close together. They are easy to use, and it’s a time-saver being able to plant the entire peat pot strip in the garden. I have a few strips of the 2 1/4" peat pots sitting next to me as I write this review, and I can’t wait to play in the dirt!

I hope you have found this review useful.

Enjoy your day,
Dawn
http://dlstewart.com


Please read my other reviews:

Jiffy Square Peat Pots

Upside-Down Tomato Garden

Craftsman Long-Handled Weed Digger

Ames ReelEasy Work Center Hose Reel Cart with Auto-Track

Suncast Easy-Reach Hose Reel Cart

Swan Tuff and Flexible Garden Hose

Gilmour Advanced Variable Oscillating Sprinkler

Step 2 Grass Hopper Wheeled Garden Stool / Cart

Rubbermaid Big Max Storage Shed

Black & Decker Cordless Battery Mulching Lawnmower

Burpee (online store)

Park Seed Company (online store)



Copyright 2006 Dawn L. Stewart


Recommend this product? Yes


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