Friday, January 9, 2009

Winter Sowing - My New Project

So, this is my new project, winter sowing. The seeds are supposed to start germinating when they are ready to, when it is warm enough for them. Takes a lot of work and space I need for other crops out of it. Thanks Jen for the milk jugs. Would love more when you have them. ;-)
So first you find a reciptical for said winter sowing project. There are a lot of different things you can use for this. These are the only thing I have access to so milk jugs it is. Cut around the milk jug being careful to leave one of the labels intact so its easier to close. Poke 6-8 holes in the bottom with a sharp knife. Load up with a couple inches of dirt. I use PVFS potting soil and perlite mixed in. Water. Then plant your seeds.
Label receptical with duct tape on the bottom so the sun doesn't bleach it.
Tape where you cut the milk jug and leave it outside. Water if needed depending on how wet your climate is. It's not supposed to rain here for awhile so I will have to keep an eye on them.

8 comments:

Not Hannah said...

Yay! Glad you're back...what a nifty idea. I wonder if it would work in my zone? Hmmm...off to read that link.

I just planted a bunch of lettuce, broccoli, arugula, and spinach seedlings. (And, of course, the forecast has taken an crazily cold shift. *roll*

Susan said...

Ok, looks like a good idea, I'm going to try it on some of my seeds.

notsocrafty.com said...

It looks like your off to a good start, I've also tried using soda bottles since I don't drink milk.

T said...

I like your recycled jugs. have you checked out this container farming blogazine?
http://containerfarming.magazines.me/

LannaM said...

Looks fun so far!

Hey, you need to PM or email me so I can get a few things out to you since you start seeds so insanely early compared to me. ;)

Not Hannah said...

Hey, I got my first batch of winter sown seeds in! Woohoo! I'll probably do more the next time the "signs are right." Pics up soon at NH's Greenspace.

Thanks for this nifty idea.

Sam said...

Never seen seeds sown like this before...so do they get enough sunlight through the hazy milk bottles?

Cathy said...

They sure do and start to grow when its the right time and temp. I love it!