I am always looking for ways to save money in the garden. Perennial flowers from the nursery can be very expensive if you are planting more than small planters, so I thought I would try my hand at starting seeds in milk jugs. My family goes through nearly a gallon a day or so, so I have plenty of milk jugs on hand!. This is not a new idea, but its one I have never personally tried before so I thought I’s give it a whirl. I found some great detailed information on how do do this here. I am starting mid February, so I don’t know how well it will work or if it is really the same concept as wintering over. Also, it is rather mild where I live in the winter. (My day lilies are already coming up!) So I guess I am experimenting a bit. I began by burning holes in the bottom of the jugs for drainage.
This wood burning multi-tool melts plastic like butter. Next, I cut the tops with a sharp knife, but left a little bit attached so they would be easier to tape shut.
After that, I had some little helpers (my daughters) fill the bottoms with soil, plant the seeds, and lightly water them.
The next step was to tape the tops back down with packing tape in order to keep the soil warm with a kind of “green house” effect. I also labeled each container with a sharpie pen so we would know what we planted.
Then I moved them all to the back corner of my yard in my little garden space that I inherited from the previous owners.
Now I guess I just wait and see if anything will sprout. I figure if its too cold I can try it again in about 4–6 weeks.
Whoa! Looks like someone needs to buy a shovel!