Winter Sowing Flats: Good ideas!

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Winter Sowing Flats

By Eric4home
January 21, 2017

Due to all the other gardening chores of spring, I often find it difficult to find time to transplant winter-sown seedlings, so I came up with an easier way to hold the seedlings till I have time.

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Name: Bev Walker
SW Virginia (Zone 6a)
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Jan 21, 2017 12:56 AM CST
I wish I had seen this before I gave away that huge stack of seedling tray flats!! D'Oh! I'll know better next year! Thanks for the article. I tip my hat to you.
It's all about recycling the WEEDS of our daily life!
Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4b)
Jan 21, 2017 11:35 AM CST
Wow! This pertains to the question I was going to post. When you have a milk carton full of seemingly hundreds of seedlings do you transplant each one separately? This seems like tedious back breaking work.

The difference I see between your system and the milk jug system is that with milk jug type containers your'e creating a mostly self contained micro climate which will draw in and hold heat and produce some water, making an earlier sprouting possible.

Your idea, from what I can see, would not have a micro climate so your seeds will have to depend on the weather to warm up and you'd have to watch for watering. So if you want a head start on planting you'd have to start them indoors under lights or go the milk jug route.

Do you wrap the flat in plastic or have some other way of getting the heat retaining moisture producing micro climate needed for early sprouting? I like the idea but must be missing something.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Region: Alabama
Jan 21, 2017 8:20 PM CST
I like how the top protects the sprouting seeds, I could use that with my Amaryllis seeds in the spring.

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