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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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dmurray407
Feb 21, 2017 7:53 PM CST
So, I'm confused about containers/milk jugs. Some people say to leave the milk jug hinged near the handle and to tape the jug back together after planting. I've also heard some folks say that you can just cut the top off, plant your seeds and leave the jug out in the open uncovered. Which is best in a northern garden? I would think you would want the plant babies in the little milk jug greenhouse?
Thanks!
Deb
Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Feb 21, 2017 9:13 PM CST
I cut the top of the milk jugs almost completely through, then tape it back together, works great for our climate.
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Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Feb 22, 2017 7:35 AM CST
Deb I use the hinge method and tape them back up...I use clear packing tape from the dollar store and just do the sides. I don't tape it up tight, just enough so it won't blow open. The cover does act as a little greenhouse.

You could cut them off completely since there are a lot of seeds that will come up naturally and they aren't covered but the cover helps keep the critters out and they won't get drowned by a heavy rain. Another good thing about the cover is if they do sprout before your last frost they stay safe and warm Thumbs up especially if you are doing annuals.
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Feb 24, 2017 8:45 PM CST
I tape them. Birds love seeds! So do squirrels! And other critters too!

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Name: Deb
Buffalo, Minnesota (Zone 4b)
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dmurray407
Feb 26, 2017 4:18 PM CST
Ha! I guess I didn't have to worry about it Smiling DH threw out my milk jug collection so I just used flats with plastic covers. I planted to Asclepias tuberosa, some Monarda and some coneflowers. My fingers are crossed:)
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Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Feb 26, 2017 4:39 PM CST
dmurray407 said:Ha! I guess I didn't have to worry about it Smiling DH threw out my milk jug collection so I just used flats with plastic covers.


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