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Steven
Mar 23, 2010 11:39 AM CST
Here is how I prep a Ziplock Freezer bag for sowing

What I do is cut the bottom corners off the ziplock bag and make wide fringes across the bottom crease for extra drainage. Fill bag about half or a little more with seed starting mix (it will compact with freeze/thaw cycles so adding a bit extra won't hurt, water the mix and sprinkle seeds on mix and press into place and then sprinkle a bit of mix on top to cover the seeds if need be.
And when you're ready to take it outside zip the bag almost shut to still allow air flow. Once it starts getting warmer out you can zip the bag more and more open until you can just fold the bag open like a cuff. Perennial and hardy annulas you can do now.

Hope this helps!

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Steven
Mar 23, 2010 11:40 AM CST
Here is a picture of all the freezer bags (and one juice bottle) I've done so far.

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Steven
Mar 23, 2010 11:41 AM CST
Here are 'Venus' poppy sprouts!

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Steven
Mar 23, 2010 11:42 AM CST
and here is the Poor-Mans-Orchid. These sprouts don't seem to like the cold as much as the poppies do.

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CarolineScott
Mar 23, 2010 3:57 PM CST
Great idea for those of us who used up all our milk jugs.
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CapeCodGardener
Mar 23, 2010 4:47 PM CST
Steven, thank you for illustrating this! I saw your illustration before and made a mental note to remember the details. . . . but couldn't remember where. So glad you started a new thread with the topic.
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Steven
Mar 23, 2010 5:06 PM CST
Your Welcome! I'm glad you like it! It was rainy today so when it's nicer I'll get more sprout pics!
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mom2goldens
Mar 23, 2010 5:29 PM CST
Thank you, Steven. I'm also in the out-of-milk jugs camp, so look forward to trying this.
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Onewish1
Mar 23, 2010 6:58 PM CST
hhhmm would snow smash those zippies???... and thanks for posting them!!
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Steven
Mar 23, 2010 7:04 PM CST
Onewish, not too much once the seeds start sprouting you can 'lift' the bags back up if they fall.
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Onewish1
Mar 23, 2010 7:09 PM CST
not sure if it would work here.. I had snow here up until 2 weeks ago... and I mean a foot of it
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Steven
Mar 24, 2010 5:35 PM CST
I've used them before under snow cover and they were fine Thumbs up Thats one of the reasons I use ziplock brand freezer bags. The plastic is thicker and doesn't cave in as much. Big Grin
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Onewish1
Mar 24, 2010 5:50 PM CST
worth a shot I guess... will give it a try next year
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kqcrna
Mar 24, 2010 5:54 PM CST
It's hard to imagine a plastic bag holding up under our snow. A few short weeks ago my jugs were under here

Karen

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Steven
Mar 24, 2010 5:57 PM CST
They do smoosh down a bit but a simple lift of the bag fixes all your problems! Hurray!
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kqcrna
Mar 24, 2010 6:00 PM CST
...then there's the inch of rain tomorrow. As long as I can get milk jugs, I'll stick to those. I think they're perfect. My next favorite is a 2 liter pop bottle. Next comes cups in a bigger bin.

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Steven
Mar 24, 2010 6:06 PM CST
Those are all great ideas Karen! Its best to use what works best for you Smiling The bags have held well for me in rain and snow so I use them plus they are fairly cheap and easy to use. I do however do more spring sowing then winter sowing so there is little to no snow by the time I put them out.
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kqcrna
Mar 24, 2010 6:12 PM CST
That would make a big difference!

Karen
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Onewish1
Mar 24, 2010 6:26 PM CST
yes it would... the 2 feet of snow on my deck would have smooshed them for sure
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Ridesredmule
Jan 4, 2011 7:31 PM CST
We don't get that much snow, do i have to keep them watered if I try that Steven???

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