|Winter sown containers in the snow (Feb 2010)|
As I briefly mentioned in that post, there are many different types of containers you could use for winter sowing.
The shape and size of the container doesn't matter, as long as the container...
- has a lid that lets light through (ie: not completely opaque)
- is deep enough to hold 2-3 inches of dirt
- is tall enough to accommodate the height of the seedlings as they grow
The types of containers I prefer to use are ones with lids that are easy to take off and put back on.
|Examples of great winter sowing containers|
On warm spring days, I like to take the lids off my containers and then replace them before dark. This is difficult if you have a container you'll have to tape every time you have to put the lid back on. But again, this is just my preference.
Some of my favorite types of containers include (a few are pictured above):
- Old food storage containers (tupperware, glad/ziploc disposable containers...etc) - you can find these in the free bin at garage sales all the time!
- Ice cream buckets
- Food take out containers
- Food containers from the grocery store deli
- Containers from bakery goods
I especially like containers that can withstand the heat of the dishwasher without melting. This makes the task of cleaning hundreds of containers much easier. I've noticed that if they can stand the dishwasher, they usually last longer and these are the containers I can use for more than one year.
One thing to note is that some "plastic" take out containers are now made out of corn, which is great for the environment....but not for winter sowing unfortunately. (and these will disintegrate in the dishwasher)
|Container without a lid|
Cover the container with a plastic bag and secure it at the bottom with a twist tie, then poke a few holes in the top.
|Cover tightly with a plastic bag|
Make sure to pull the plastic as tight as you can so it won't blow away.
If you have a container that will fit into a gallon ziploc bag, you can put it in and zip it up...but make sure that you poke holes in the top and bottom of the bag, as well as in the bottom of the container!
It's best to experiment with containers and see what you like. Sometimes you have to take what you can get and then you'll know what modifications to make for next year.
I don't usually start winter sowing until February so there is still time to collect containers. What are you waiting for... get busy collecting those containers!
|Winter Sown Seeds Sprouting (Spring 2010)|