Hello All!! I was wanting to start a few experiments in my zone 5 and this will be #1 out of the many I plan to do. I will keep you posted on this one to see how they turn out. Every 4 weeks I will start a new jug with the same variety of seeds from the same packet of seeds (total of 4 plants to 1 jug). The last one around 5/19/15 I will directly sow them into a container (I only container garden) and it will not be transplanted. My average last frost date is Mother's Day weekend. The others I will transplant into their permanent container on Mother's Day weekend (depending on space I will transplant 2-3 but maybe not all 4). This will be a tricky time to do it because we get hail storms at that time so I will have to cover a lot of plants!!
To see how tomatoes and peppers will do with winter sowing. Also, when a good time to plant them in milk jugs for the best result (too cold, too hot, not enough time, too much time, too big, too small, just right
Jug #1 Pepper, Cayenne Long Slim Red
Jug #2 Pepper, Basket of Fire
Jug #3 Tomatillo, Pineapple
Jug #4 Tomato, Large Cherry
Jug #5 Tomato, Great White
#1 because it's older seed from 2014 I got from the dollar store, it's also one of our favorites, and I might be able to find a home for some of them (when experiments over there will be 20 of each)
#2 because it's one of the few peppers I saved seed from. My husband liked it, it's colorful and it was one of the last surviving of our peppers.
#3 I had enough for the experiment and I want to give a few to new homes (not sure what I would do with 20 of them!!). I also wanted to try a tomatillo, mine last year didn't ripen.
#4 I wanted to do a cherry tomato and this was one that I had enough for the experiment. This one is also from the dollar store in 2014.
#5 I wanted to try one that wasn't red and this one I had enough for the experiment.
And it begins..... Planted today 1/19/15 with organic potting soil. Weather is high of 43 degrees, low of 28 degrees. Had snow earlier this morning but I planted them at 11:00 and snow has stopped with the sun shining!