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Old 09-16-2014, 08:33 AM   #121
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Thank you for the tips. It sounds like it is very difficult to grow. My dear friend has some and she is so generous and knows how much I love it she told me to take it all. I don't want to do that. I'll give it a try growing my seeds.
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Old 10-06-2014, 12:45 PM   #122
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After reading through much of this thread, I see that milk jugs seem to be the container most choose for winter sowing. Problem here is that I don't drink milk from gallon containers. Sooooooo....I'm using yogurt containers and saved 4.5" pots. For better or for worse, I'll fill them with potting mix and seeds and set them out in the back yard for the winter. They will get snowed on and blowed on and maybe, just maybe, I'll have some sprouts in the spring! I will label them, of course cuz I know my memory is NOT good enough to recall what I planted where. I'm still considering whether or not I'll cover them. Squirrels may be an issue if I don't. Might use some old pieces of window screen I have stashed in the basement. I saved them cuz I thought, "I just might need these for something some day...". Maybe THIS is the someday, eh?

Now I just have to decide which seeds to order. Unfortunately, there is no local source that I know of for natives so I'll probably order from Prairie Moon. Many of my plants have come from there and they seem to like MI just fine.
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:28 PM   #123
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katjh, I don't buy the gallon containers, either... but don't forget family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Many people will likely be willing to save milk jugs for you.

I like 1-gal milk jugs because they are of large enough size to hold enough potting medium to hold enough moisture. Have you ever noticed that tiny containers dry out so fast?
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:44 PM   #124
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I'm still considering whether or not I'll cover them. Squirrels may be an issue if I don't. Might use some old pieces of window screen I have stashed in the basement. I saved them cuz I thought, "I just might need these for something some day...". Maybe THIS is the someday, eh?
I have used old screens "just in case". I found that using the plastic shoeboxes deeps them all the same height--it makes it easy to place a screen over several boxes. I weigh them down with a couple of rocks usually.
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I don't drink milk either. I'm looking around to see what I can use. I was looking at my pot supply and it is getting low. hhhmmm seems I gave quite a few of them to dap this summer I remembered. I have really gotten enthused about winter sowing and ordered more seeds. It was difficult not to overdue it. Seeds are so inexpensive. It won't be so bad if they don't grow. This will be something to look forward to during the winter.
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We got socked with over 2 feet of snow a couple of weeks ago. It's all gone now. I managed to get my seeds planted last Sunday in the rain. November has been strange here in Michigan! I planted in saved pots - mostly the 2-4 inch size. I used potting mix.

I put down a layer of cardboard, arranged the pots on top of that, put boards around the edges to keep the pots in place, filled them, planted them and then covered the whole bunch with window screen to keep the squirrels from digging in the pots. I actually have about 50 pots left to plant, so I can order more seeds!

I'm more excited for spring this year than usual...and that's saying something. I love spring
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That sounds great kat. I'm going to wait until February to do my winter sowing. Putting screen on top sounds like a good idea. I don't usually have wildlife bothering my plantings but I would be really upset if something disturbed my winter sowing project. I have lots of screen too.

With all the plans I have for my gardens this year and all the tree trimming I'm doing to provide my gardens with more sun I'm looking forward to spring too. For now we can dream.
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We got socked with over 2 feet of snow a couple of weeks ago. It's all gone now. I managed to get my seeds planted last Sunday in the rain. November has been strange here in Michigan! I planted in saved pots - mostly the 2-4 inch size. I used potting mix.

I put down a layer of cardboard, arranged the pots on top of that, put boards around the edges to keep the pots in place, filled them, planted them and then covered the whole bunch with window screen to keep the squirrels from digging in the pots. I actually have about 50 pots left to plant, so I can order more seeds!

I'm more excited for spring this year than usual...and that's saying something. I love spring
Sounds great, katjh! Good job.

Keep us posted as things start to germinate--yes, I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but I can dream too.
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