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Winter Sowing and Freezer Tape

By wildflowers
November 21, 2014

Freezer tape is useful for wintersowing because it will hold up to the elements outdoors.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Nov 20, 2014 9:00 PM CST
Christine, thank you so much for this great idea. I do winter sowing and never thought about using freezer tape. I will definitely give this a try in Jan. when I set my containers out with their seeds.
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Nov 21, 2014 11:54 AM CST

It's worked really well for me. I was surpised how well it worked the first year my taped containers sat out there over winter in snow and rain and still stuck! Now I can hardly do without it, especially for keeping the seeds labeled.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Nov 21, 2014 12:00 PM CST
And it would be much easier to write on than what I have been using, Duct Tape.
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Nov 21, 2014 12:03 PM CST
Good ol' duct tape has so many uses! Big Grin
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 21, 2014 12:19 PM CST
It sure does, but I think the freezer tape might be a better choice. I will be giving it a try.
Name: Jo-Ann
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JoAnn
Nov 21, 2014 2:52 PM CST
I wonder how it would hold up on the plastic I use to cover some of my beds?
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Nov 22, 2014 4:01 AM CST
I am going to give it a try as a label in the garden and sun.
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valleylynn
Nov 22, 2014 1:17 PM CST
It will be interesting to see how the writing holds up, especially in the sun.
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Nov 22, 2014 2:56 PM CST
Yes, that is usually the challege ~ The tape will hold up, but the writing is another story, that's why I try to use pencil in hopes that it won't fade away like many pens will. I know there are some permanent pens that are supposed to hold up. I need to look into that! Thumbs up

One thing I like about the freezer tape is that it doesn't lose its sticky; even when wet.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 22, 2014 5:03 PM CST
Excellent. Thumbs up
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Kaspar-scourge of daylily seedlings
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
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Gleni
Nov 22, 2014 10:50 PM CST
I have switched to pencils for labelling. But check when you use them on zinc coatings. Some pencils are not carbon apparently and will react with it. Carbon should be relatively inert.

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bellarosa
Nov 30, 2014 8:35 AM CST
Great suggestion. Where can I purchase freezer tape?
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Kaspar-scourge of daylily seedlings
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
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Gleni
Nov 30, 2014 1:47 PM CST
Welcome to ATP, Bellarosa. Welcome!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 30, 2014 2:21 PM CST
Welcome! Belarosa.
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Nov 30, 2014 4:12 PM CST
Hi Bellarosa, welcome.

You can usually find freezer tape in the paper goods aisle (where the plastic bags/foil/freezer paper, etc. is) usually near the freezer paper, and I usually find it way down on a bottom shelf. Apparently it doesn't get top 'marketing' space.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
Kaspar-scourge of daylily seedlings
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plays in the sandbox Cactus and Succulents Garden Photography Hybridizer Composter Sedums
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Gleni
Dec 1, 2014 2:47 AM CST
It wasn't available in Australia so I bought it from the US (EBay).

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