I bet I"ve read every word written on this site and those referred to and dang, you've got me hooked. And a little bit scared! Already afraid I'll get that funny disease that makes you all plant way too many plants! Then I won't lable them good enough!
And what's worse -- I haven't a empty milk jug on the premises. What am I to do? I have lots of nursery pots -- amazing how many you can collect when you offer to compost a small nurserie's end of the season's leftovers (Attwoods Farm Supply). Most are about 4-5" tall and 4-5" dia. Think they will work?
I went through my seed stock and picked out those I thought might work, now I am anxious to get started. I really want to do poppies and I had considered direct sowing them (sure would be easier, but the weed thing is an issue.) Also wanting to do pink muhly grass, anybody done those?
Okay, just had to let you know that someone else has joined the ranks of WG crazies. Should I warn the cops or my neighbors? (Told you I've read it all!)
Hopefully another Texan will answer you. I really can't relate to your weather conditions, but some thoughts that come to mind.
You will get much better germination with covered containers. You could put those nursery pots into a larger plastic container ( with holes drilled into top and bottom) like rubbermaid or sterilite bins. Or you could cover with a plastic dropcloth but should prop it up with something sturdy like wire to keep the plastic cover off the seeds/seedlings. You'll have to uncover after germination and limit sun exposure once the weather gets warm to prevent drying out.
I have always had the best results with milk jugs and 2 liter pop bottles, and find them the easiest. They also have lots of headroom for growing seedlings. You could ask your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to save them for you. Collect them from recycle bins on garbage nights. Go to recycle centers for them. We never buy gallons of milk but I manage to collect a tons of them without much effort at all.
When one raids the recycle bins or you ask somebody to save them for you and they are not washed out from the leftover milk residue..what can one do to get that horrible odor out? I posted this question on another thread but figured it wouldn't hurt to post it here again. Using soap and water, baking soda, or vinegar or bleach?
Now if we could talk Clorox into making their bleach bottles clear plastic!
Grocery stores dump outdated milk too. I'm watching at work (walmart) for the milk dump day and I'm gonna snatch a bag of empties:lol: I also asked a friend to save clear 2 liter bottles for me since I don't drink soda much and when I do they're green (ginger ale).
Cool! Thanks for letting me know that green is OK:lol: I've been looking at the totes too. Usually all I tend to see are clear bottoms and solid color tops but we've got some all clear ones now for post Christmas packing so I'm going to pick up a few.
I too am chomping at the bit to see how this winter sowing pans out. If I have too many I plan on taking them to the local Lions Club annual spring plant sale. I found those roasting pans at the dollar store will work just fine for me. Lottsa room and more organization the way I look at it.