This time I will post about how I started out with
Online I found different pages that promoted to "winter sow" seeds in milk jugs and just leave them alone
until you are ready to plant your garden.
|Winter sowing in milk jugs|
Others praised to do your own cheap, neat,
made out of newspaper, or toilet rolls.
Well, I found all this intriguing and wanted to give it a try.
And that's what I found out about:
|Seeds planted in milk jugs|
It is easy to prepare the milk jugs and pots for the seedlings. I sowed cabbage and kale, lettuce and yellow cosmos.
|Kale - did not like it at all|
The first batch was sown February 19th.
A month later the plants were either there or not at all.
On May 15th I was not impressed at all.
|Lettuce - neither|
The only seeds that thrived somewhat in the milk jugs
|Cosmos - doing ok|
The seeds in the newspaper pots did not thrive
because the pots did retain the water.
The tiny roots were not able to penetrate the newspaper
at the bottom of the pot
The paper did not disintegrate.
There is not enough room for the seedling to expand.
I had to peel off the paper to "rescue" the seedlings.
|Lettuce got stuck in a soggy pot|
Ditto with the toilet paper rolls.
Seedlings in paper coffee mugs did way better.
Additional I also used paper coffee mugs.
Difference between coffee mugs and toilet roll
Maybe I am clumsy, but needles to say, I won't use newspaper, toilet rolls or milk jugs any more.
I rather go back to my old way
of starting the seeds -
in seed trays.
The water drains well, the seedlings thrive and are easily to be pushed out for transplanting when necessary.