Winter Sowing forum: Wait, didn't I say I wasn't going to do this again? Winter sowing addiction

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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Feb 22, 2015 2:49 PM CST
So, I have a nice little group of containers winter sown. All snug outside. I have just SIX more things that need to be winter sown. There are other seeds I have that could be winter sown. But don't need to be. But I only have two jugs and two old brittle rectangular containers. So I headed out this morning to hit a dollar store or two to get a few more container so I could finish up. Well......I end up at Menards. It is the last day of a sale. They had perfect containers with CLEAR lids on sale. Shoe box size $.99 and a deeper bigger size for $1.99. BINGO! I scoop up ten shoe box size and five of the bigger ones. I like the bigger ones because they are deep. Perfect for those things that end up getting left in the container all summer Rolling on the floor laughing

I come home an use my wood burner tool to make holes in the tops and bottoms. I start filling some containers with ProMix and then watering them down. Then a few more containers, then a few more. I ended up filling all but two of the shoe box size containers! What is wrong with me??!!
I just can't deny this compulsion to do some kind of gardening!

So this coming week when I get home from work I'll be sowing all these
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 22, 2015 6:37 PM CST
Way to go! Jenn!
I have done several boxes as winter sow.
But just for nostalgia sake, I am doing a few milk jugs too.
Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Feb 22, 2015 7:53 PM CST
I love those containers!! Hurray!
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RickCorey
Feb 23, 2015 1:24 PM CST
Very nice tubs, and great price, but the CLEAR lids are the real score!

Ummm ... will you have places to plant out all those tubs?

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abhege
Feb 23, 2015 10:32 PM CST
Only if she shares half with me. Hilarious!
Name: Tori
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GardenGoober
Mar 9, 2015 1:13 PM CST
Very cool! Thumbs up

We don't have Menards here, but I've been saving clear plastic containers from cored pineapples, fresh fruit containers and pre-made salad containers. I'll have to check out our local $ Stores. I did have a trash bag full of water bottles to make mini greenhouses, but somehow lost it during our move from our previous home to our current one. I have a sneaky suspicion that they may have been accidentally (on-purpose) dropped in the trash can. Glare
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abhege
Mar 9, 2015 1:34 PM CST
Tori, just so it makes sense to you, jvdubb is my daughter in MI.! We share seeds and plants.
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GardenGoober
Mar 9, 2015 1:47 PM CST
abhege said:Tori, just so it makes sense to you, jvdubb is my daughter in MI.! We share seeds and plants.


Oh, how cool is that! I wouldn't have thought southern seeds would grow in cold Michigan!! lol!! Just kidding. Big Grin
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Mar 22, 2015 8:27 PM CST
abhege said:Only if she shares half with me. Hilarious!


Wait -- she has to share with me first, I'm IN Michigan!!

On the other hand, I have so many seeds of my own this year from the Piggy Swap... never mind Blinking
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Mar 29, 2015 3:53 AM CST
Jennifer, you are a hopeless WSing addict. :-)

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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Mar 29, 2015 5:01 AM CST
I'm more of a seed buying/collecting addict. Then I feel compelled to not let them go to waste!

But I have a plan brewing this year for what to do with the millions of seedlings I don't have room for.....stay tuned! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Mar 30, 2015 12:17 PM CST
Added 8 more jugs outside just yesterday! I know, not technically wintersowing...
Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Mar 30, 2015 5:50 PM CST
I put out a few yesterday too Jennifer...I'm up to 92 Blinking Weren't you supposed to tell me to stop Confused Hilarious!
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Mar 30, 2015 5:55 PM CST
Ronnie I just did my Calendula yesterday! I was thinking about you
Name: Sandy B.
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Mar 30, 2015 6:39 PM CST
You can do calendula by WS now? hmmm -- off to round up another jug... Thumbs up
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Name: Val
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vma4922
Mar 31, 2015 7:00 AM CST
I guess I found the right place - ha ha! The dollar store was a bonanza for me this winter...for containers. First year WSing...it sure is addicting!
Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Mar 31, 2015 11:16 AM CST
I have two jugs of calendula out there right now!

@vma4922, howdy! Yes, it is addicting. What kind of containers are you using? I always use the tried and true gallon jugs for most things (I buy water in them, not milk) but occasionally I branch out. This year I sowed dill in one of those clear plastic boxes salad greens come in. Works fine.
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CarolineScott
Apr 16, 2015 8:05 AM CST
Getting older and lazy, I try to cut down the amount of transplanting that I will need to do.
Now, as it warms up, I switch to direct sowing either in containers or in the ground.
Both of these need protection from critters, and also moisture retention.
I use large clear plastic bags over containers, and "hot caps" type protectors over in ground sowings.
The bags are vented by cutting the corners off, and the protectors came vented.
Sometimes I use milk jugs as protectors by cutting the bottom off, and placing them over a stick to keep them from blowing away.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Apr 16, 2015 8:14 AM CST
I'm getting frustrated. This spring is cold! I have plenty of sprouts after some nice warm days. But starting next Tuesday the night lows are back into the mid 30's! Grrr.
Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Apr 16, 2015 11:37 AM CST
Jennifer, how frustrating!

Here, I think I am safe in saying we are now over the hump and into spring for real. I have planted out a lot of stuff, but still have lots to go, and some things are just now sprouting fully.

I've had to lift and move some jugs due to slugs finding them on the ground! But it's all working out so far.

Today I planted out my wintersown sunflowers and wintersown Nigella Cramer's Grape:
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Not much to look at just yet, are they?

Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Whistling

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