Containers for Seeds: Reusable plastic containers for starting seeds

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Containers for Seeds

By flaflwrgrl
February 9, 2012

I save & use containers like this to start seeds in. They are deep enough, they have drain holes in the bottom and vent holes in the top, the top snaps shut, and when the seedlings get large enough, you can leave the top open so they can grow higher. I use a single layer of a piece of paper towel in the bottom to keep the soil from going out the drain holes. By the time it's time to transplant the seedlings, the paper towel has broken down into almost nothing. AND you can write the name & date right on the top with a magic marker!

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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Feb 8, 2012 7:13 PM CST
I've been saving the plastic tubs that "Bachelor Chicken" comes in from the supermarket: whole pre-roasted chickens. I usually don't buy tomatoes.

The black bottoms may be a little shallow, but the clear plastic dome is fairly tall and easily pops off.

I start most of my seeds in propagation trays or plastic 6-pack "inserts" or "cells", indoors under lights, but then I need to move them outside as soon as possible to make room for the next batch. And they'll need warmth, outdoors, for around 8 more weeks.

The plastic "humidity domes" large enough to fit over a whole 11"x21" tray are too expensive, so I'm planning on using plastic film draped over bent sections of garden fencing. That seems stiff enough to support plastic film despite wind, and I'll weigh down the film all the way around to keep slugs out.

When I vent it, I hope I can vent only the top, not the bottom, so slugs will have a hard time climbing the plastic to get at the seeedlings. And I'll sprinkle bait around the trays, under the plastic!

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Marilyn
Feb 8, 2012 7:47 PM CST
Rick,

"Bachelor Chicken"?! Did they get the chicken from 'The Bachelor' tv show? Rolling on the floor laughing Thumbs up

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flaflwrgrl
Feb 8, 2012 8:14 PM CST
Sounds like a good plan Rick. Thumbs up
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Feb 8, 2012 9:28 PM CST
>> "Bachelor Chicken"?! Did they get the chicken from 'The Bachelor' tv show?

Oh, I think they had my skill level in a kitchen clearly in mind when they decided to market pre-cooked chicken still warm.

Name: Renée
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KyWoods
Feb 8, 2012 9:30 PM CST
LOL @ Rick
Excellent tip, flaflwrgrl!
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woofie
Feb 8, 2012 10:14 PM CST
Not just "Bachelor" chicken, Rick! "Too Lazy to Cook" chicken is what I call it! THANK YOU, Safeway! Hilarious!
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Feb 8, 2012 10:25 PM CST
Rick,

I was just having a little fun. Hope you know that. Green Grin! Thumbs up
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kareoke
Feb 9, 2012 7:33 AM CST
I save all those type containers, the ones donuts are in are good because they are larger, besides being good to start with. Hilarious!
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 9, 2012 8:07 AM CST
Yes, There are all kinds of shapes & sizes & they all work. Better than throwing them in the garbage.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Feb 9, 2012 10:48 AM CST
>> just having a little fun.

Of course!
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Feb 9, 2012 5:12 PM CST
kareoke said:I save all those type containers, the ones donuts are in are good because they are larger, besides being good to start with. Hilarious!


Doris,

YUM! Lovey dubby Green Grin! Hurray! Thumbs up

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the best medicine!
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Marilyn
Feb 9, 2012 5:13 PM CST
RickCorey said:>> just having a little fun.

Of course!


Whistling Hurray! Green Grin! Thumbs up

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Renée
Northern KY
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KyWoods
Feb 10, 2012 10:00 AM CST
Hmm, I was eyeing a big container like that of donuts the other day....good excuse to indulge! Sticking tongue out
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chelle
Feb 10, 2012 12:07 PM CST
I'm partial to the large clear tubs that usually come with spring mix greens in them - they're like 5" or so tall, and of a really good size. By using strips of cardboard as dividers, several different types of seeds can be started in one box. Holes for drainage and excess heat have to be added, but if gently handled they're reusable the following year, or for the next batch of sprouts. Milk jugs are great too, but since we don't use a lot of cow's milk I'd always have to be rounding up more of them.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 10, 2012 12:41 PM CST
Good idea with the dividers chelle. I use those spring mix greens containers too.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Feb 10, 2012 1:55 PM CST
*Blush* I replayed my last post (to myself) and to me it sounded like I was saying that I don't use all of the other containers....I do!

Hilarious!

I simply forgot to add that part when I was talking about the other one.

I just readied another re-purposed container, so I'm headed out to sow some more seeds... Hurray!

.....luv it! I was feeling draggy and dreary, to match our weather, I guess....

.....now I'm feeling quite a bit perkier! Big Grin

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 10, 2012 3:02 PM CST
chelle, you're over thinking your post. It didn't sound like those are the ONLY containers you use. Seems we all have a problem over thinking things sometimes. Trying to come up with a "native plants" micro badge & seems we're stumped. Seems a bare footprint would offend indigenous people???? When did everything become so complicated? Shrug!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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chelle
Feb 10, 2012 3:55 PM CST
I know. I'm stumped on that one, too. Eventually, something will work out for it. Smiling

The hand hold on my cheap scissors snapped off while I was out planting those seeds and making dividers, so I didn't get as much done as I would have liked to.....no more $1.00 scissors! Rolling on the floor laughing

Cottage Gardening

Newest Interest: Rock Gardens


Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Feb 10, 2012 5:14 PM CST
$1 scissors? Now I know not to buy them. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Feb 10, 2012 5:44 PM CST
One thing I tried for dividers in a big plastic tub ("sweater box"?) was to line up 3" square plastic pots inside the tub.

That was for my one attempt to winer sow. Eventually, months later, some Penstemon sprouted, but other than that it was 0.0% germination.

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