Winter Sowing forum: bread tie vs tape

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Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4b)
Mar 1, 2018 1:03 PM CST
I just watched a video where the jugs were closed with a single twist tie instead of completely taping the jugs shut. Any thoughts?

I tried a couple jugs with ties a few years ago but I had such a bad year I'm not sure if the twist tie contributed to the problem or not. Out of 22 jugs I only had 5 sprout. One of them had a twist tie closure.

Tape is such a pain cuz:
1. it cost $$$
2. it always comes loose
3. the jugs are odd shaped so its difficult to get them taped evenly

Oh! here's a couple helpful hints about labeling:
I got a set of mini blinds at the thrift store and cut the slats into pieces long enough to stick out the top of the milk jugs. -or-
use the paint stirrers from the paint store cut into 1 1/2" pieces, drill a hole in one corner, use a piece of string or wire to attach to the handle of milk jugs

My problem is where do I store them over winter? I can never find them when needed so end up making more then finding them when I don't need them anymore. What do you do?
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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Mar 17, 2018 5:45 AM CST
I thought the twist ties were a pain, too. I always preferred duct tape.

Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4b)
Mar 27, 2018 4:17 PM CST
No Karen, I think the duct tape is a pain. I'm hoping the twist ties works
Name: ellenr
New Jersey, USA (Zone 6b)
Apr 19, 2018 5:12 AM CST
I tried the jugs with the tops on, first time. For years I've used the bottom half of a gallon bottle, and used sandwich bags to cover. I put holes in top and bottom of sandwich bag.
easy to slip the container in and out.

The reason I tried keeping the top on this year was that all the bad weather we're having, wind storm, rain storm, snow storm...keeping the top on made for a more solid container.

the question I have for you all you use this method--
when you untape to look and see what you've got growing-- do you have to use more tape to close it?
Cuz I look at my containers more than once a day!
I guess one can look down thru the hole at the top?

I've gone back to my original method - it is easier for me cuz what I'm used to-- but I am curious-- bec. this method of keeping the top on, seems to very popular...

Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4b)
Apr 22, 2018 6:54 AM CST
Hi Ellen

I use plastic wrap only when I have a pint size container like from Sour Cream. I'm too thrifty to spend money for the large baggies you must use.

I don't untape until I need to start watering. Just to check for growth I squint thru the top.


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