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Old 11-17-2010, 07:46 PM
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My sister did the soda cans last year. Worked good for her, A friend of mine used blinds and writes with a pencil only on it. Did they job also.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:57 PM
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Let's talk about what we plan on wintersowing. I always winter sow these, but I am participating in a couple large seed swaps, so I am sure there will be many others:

Gaillardia
Rudbeckia
Lots of variety's of Cosmos
Lots of variety's of Dianthus
Lots of variety's of Aquilegia's
Lots of Variety's of Morning Glory's.
Stoksia
These are just a few to get the thread going.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:09 PM
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I didn't realize you got that cool out there, I wanna send ya seed so now I can send anything even for wintersowing?????
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:35 PM
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My winter sowing is all done. Containers are covered with holes in top and bottom, and out in the cold.
All sorts of Iris
All sorts of Daylilies
Dianthus
Lots of other stuff.
Gotta find my list.
I try to mimic mother nature as close as I can. Seeds fall soon after frost and wait till spring to sprout. SO! that is how I do it. Worked great last year, with coneflowers and jacobs ladder, ect. Gonna use some of my Garden area to grow out the Iris and Daylily, Seed to flower ~~ 2 to 3 years. What I like goes into my garden the rest I will give away or trade off.
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Old 11-20-2010, 04:27 PM
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What kind of soil mixture do you use for wsowing? You don't use anything with plantfood in it do ya???
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Old 11-20-2010, 05:07 PM
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I just use plain starting mix. When the seedling get there true leaves I plant them in Larger pots in grow mix or right into the ground where I want them to be.
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Old 11-20-2010, 05:19 PM
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ok thanks


I tries a cheap starter and seemed to dense the first time, so last time I bought a better mix, seemed better for drainage. But I just wasn't sure as far as adding any food, I don't believe your supposed to. I think part of my problem is seeing that they get watered. Weather isn't always the best, and I think that maybe part of my problem?
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:13 PM
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Make sure they stay damp not soggy, and no feeding until after they get there true leaves. Put them in a protected place and wait!
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:43 PM
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This will be my first time at it, saving my milk jugs~
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:03 PM
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Throw away the lid and put holes in the bottom. Have fun!!
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:23 PM
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Once I get the hang of it I think I will love it.

So, you cut the milkjug open, poke holes in the bottom, leave the cap off, put your potting soil and seeds in, make sure soil is damp, then tape the cut closed again?

Do we have to wait till Jan or feb to do it? Are there any pics out there of the entire process?

~only slightly confused~erp.. thank you for any and all information~
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:37 PM
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You are on the right track. I do not wait till Feb. Mine are all in now. You can wait if you want, Some seeds a longer cold time than others so do your home work first. This might help!



Start with a clean empty one gallon milk jug and discard the cap. The air hole is needed for air ventilation.
Turn the jug upside down and poke five drainage holes in the bottom with an awl or other tool. Then poke one hole on each lower side of the jug. Be careful not to poke yourself.

Cut around the jug for access to the inside.

Then with a sharp pair of scissors or other tool, cut 7/8 around the middle of the jug, leaving at least three inches on the bottom half of the jug. Be careful not to cut yourself!


Fill the bottom of the jug with about three inches of potting soil. Water the soil, and add seeds. Label the container so you can remember what kind of seeds you planted.

Either duct tape the container closed, or cut a slit above and below the access point (see photo) so you can fold the pieces together to keep the jug closed.

Put the jug outside, check periodically to see if it needs water, or to see if you have any sprouts. Transplant the sprouts when they have their first set of true leaves (their second set). This is a simplified explanation of the winter sowing method. It describes how I prepare my milk jugs for growing plants. There are many variations on using milk jugs for growing plants. For more details, visit www.wintersown.org. You may also use milk jugs for growing plants indoors, but I've personally had so much success with the outdoor method that I don't grow plants indoors anymore. I'm in zone 5, and my milk jugs go outside in January in the snow. The seeds begin to sprout in late March, early April, and I transplant them in May/June.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:28 PM
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Its so exciting to actually see stuff starting to sprout, I love it!!!! Then its about time I start other seeds indoors all over the place, happy, happy!
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:29 PM
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Oh that is a perfect explanation~! Now that I can see it in my mind I know I can do it.

I am in zone five also and I am so happy I don't have to wait to get started. Getting a little ansy thinking about waiting months to plant. Just have to get the duct tape and I am ready to go.

My deep thanks for taking the time to explain and for the link~
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:49 PM
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Hey fearadyn


Once you try it you'll be hooked. My first time didn't go real well, but I tried again, and was better. Gotta just keep learning and experimenting! Its a gardeners playtime for us in the north! Wish I would've known about this 20 yrs ago!!
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