A while back I told you about an article that I had seen where someone told how to start perennial seeds in milk jugs in the fall. They planted their seeds in the jug with only the hole at the top open, and then put them outside to weather the elements…snow and all. In the spring, the seeds sprouted and when the days were warm enough, they pulled back the tops of the milk jugs (where they had previously cut) and gave them some sun untill they were ready to plant. Looked easy enough, so I tried it. Except it was already after mid February… and I really didn’t have the variety of seeds that they recommended…but what the heck! I tried it anyway.
Some of my jugs had no sprouts whatsoever. Three jugs actually grew plants. The rain washed off the identification (permanent markers not so permanent) but I think I ended up with echinacea, carnation, and maybe delphinium.
I transplanted some of them to a spot in the yard, so when they bloom I will post another update. This fall I plan on trying again with some different seed varieties. Is sure is a lot less expensive than buying starts from the nursery. I recommend giving it a try!