Well finally this afternoon I felt well enough to get started with my wintersowing project.
I reason behind ws was I've never done it and I wanted more flowers for my new flower beds and flowers for my garden club plant sale and a lot because I love trying new things. Oh yes, all of the extras will be sold at farmers markets and one plant sale at my home so that I can purchase more sweet peat for my beds. With DH unemployed our money is rather tight so this was the thing I came up with to pay for my gardening this year.
I only felt up to doing 16 jugs today as I'm dealing with recovering from sinus surgery which has just kicked my butt this time. I had surgery 9 months ago and then developed scare tissue and more polyps so this surgery was way more painful as the first one I didn't have a bit of pain.
Now when I garden I have to wear a mask... not fun but I'm not giving up my gardening.
What kind of tape did you use? Not familiar with the blue tape. What did you use to cut your jugs? The cutting is so straight. Token on Gardenweb uses a band saw to do all his cutting of soda bottles and milk jugs. That's probably the only saw my husband doesn't own! Beautiful job you've done there. How did you mange to get all the milk jugs? Rummage recycle centers or friends and family save for you or you got friendly with your local Starbucks? Thanks for shaing and what is worm casings and where did you get that idea? I've heard of a lot of people using the very fine vermitculite. It's always interesting the many ways gardeners do WS; what works for one person may not work for others. Trudi gave us the basic knowledge and it's all about trial and error, keeping in mind Trudi's instructions. Good Luck with your WS project. Keep us posted and please keep those pictures coming! Take care of yourself, hope you will be feeling better real soon.
blue tape was all I had around, it is painters tape...lol I first cut with utility knife enough to get it started and then used scissors to finish up with. It was rather funny how I was able to make it cut and come out at the same point on the other side...
The milk jugs came in reply to my request to my garden club members to save jugs for me. we have 70 members and some of them drink a lot of water...LOL
Worm castings are what is left behind from worms... worm poop... castings are just a nicer way to say it...LOL
Janet, Is that paint tape going to be able to withstand the outside weather elements(sun, snow, ice, rain)? I started out using duct tape, but splurged and am now using the foil plumber's tape which I love. It was almost $8 a roll but it was worth it, so much easier to apply than the duct tape. Duct tape seems to last forever. We have masking tape, duct tape, clear packing tape and the taupe color packing tape, you name it, it's in hubby's stash.
I have just joined a local garden club that is supposed to have about 66 members, but I have already missed 2 meetings and hope to make this month's. Let's say it's on my calendar for 3/15. I don't like the idea of a night meeting but I figure by next month, it will start staying daylight longer and it's about 4 miles from our house. We don't go out too much at nights unless in familiar territory. That is familiar territory to me during the day time but you know at night, things appear different. It is held at a public gardens location, where there is a nice building and well lit. I am hoping to meet other WS gardeners to live nearby so we can share seeds, or I can learn from them. I have met them through GW and we hope to meet in person soon.
Since we only use 1/2 gal. containers of milk, my stash of jugs doesn't add up quickly. My WS efforts are very minute to yours and a lot of others, simply because of storage issues in/ out. I have used in addition to jugs/ a few liter size soda bottles and styrofoam coffee cups and cold drink cups, and a few other type containers, such a Crystal lite containers, and some bakery containers, and from deli. I have 40 (4 in. square)nursery pots that I can use. In answer to your question, I really don't know how many jugs I have sown unless I go outside and count them.
Lord have mercy ~ you have been busy! Hope all is going well for you and your DH.
I found scissors cut a neater line than the knife I used last year. Just don't lose track of your list of plants & numbers or it will be interesting! LOL
Wow, Janet, I had no idea you had such a huge project going. I did 170 jugs - haven't done the annuals yet - and thought I was thinking big! Holy cow! I plan to do the annuals when I get back from the New Orleans area - would that be too early - like April 1 or so? I think our freezes are done, or so I hope!
Stephanietx that is a great sign that he's interested
I've even been able to get my husband interested, I told him to keep his eye on the jugs... but really more for making sure the squirrels leave the jugs alone. They want into everything... so when he gets back from his trip back home to KY hopefully there might be something to look at which I'll put him on Con-JUG-tivitis patrol, rofl...
out shopping at the garden centers and then winter sowing all evening and this morning.
So far I'm up to 116 milk jugs.
Here is what I've sowed.
Delphinium blue mirror
Viola johnny jump ups
Shasta Daisy Alaska
Shasta Daisy Alaska
Helipsis Scabra False Sunflower
Trillium Erectum hybrid
Delphinium white and black
Salvia viridis pink
Aquilegia crimson start
Nepeta x faassinii
One thing that I'll be doing different next year,,,
I won't be using milk jugs as it is TOO LABOR INTENSIVE for the number of jugs that I'm doing.
I will be getting some of the storage boxes, the kind for under your bed and drilling holes in the bottom. or maybe smaller ones.
By the time you cut the jug, then put in drainage holes, the label, then put the soil in then the seeds then tape them shut, way too much time when you have a goal of close to 300...
Now if you are only doing say 25 no big deal. And I'm not storing all these jugs for next year... they take up way too much room. I'm going with the plastic storage boxes as they can then be stacked inside of each other which help for storing.
By golly, there's no stopping this lady! I'm exhausted just looking at those list of all she's sown! Does anybody help you look out for your babies? Token over on GW uses a saw to cut his liter bottles, don't know about his milk jugs but by golly, if you had that kind of saw, it sure would make things go faster. Might be worth buying one. Maybe you could even buy one second hand. Good luck! Oh my, you think cutting/labeling, etc is time consuming and labor intensive. How will you manage planting all of these plants in the ground. Or were you planning on potting these up to sell? You'll have to refresh my memory. Whatever your plans..I'm proud of you! You go, girl!
moving the plants up to larger containers to me isn't so labor intensive as getting the milk jugs ready, at least I feel productive with a plant in my hand instead of a milk jug...LOL
I'm going to put a plastic divider in between each row. then when I divide out, I always lay my soil in water, then the soil drops away and the roots of the young seedlings aren't damaged by you pulling or tugging at them to get them out of the soil.
ok, since we had some good rain today I thought I would check on how bad things might be messed up in the jugs... well to my surprise one jug has greennnnnnnnnnnnnnnn in it... Planted Mar 7th White Lychnis are up... the jug right beside it is pink lychnis so wonder how long it will be before they are up...
but really I did it to see what percentage of germination I get on the seeds that are big enough to plant in rows. Most seeds that were large enough I planted 15 - 20 seeds in each milk jug. Then I can tell the % rate better. Now on the ones that the seeds are so tiny I just scattered the seeds.
I start my seeds using paper egg cartons placed in clear plastic storage bins.. That way when the seedlings are big enough to transplant I can tear the egg cup off the rest of them and plant all of it into a bigger pot.. during the course of the year while I watch tv in the evening I make 3inx3in newspaper pots to transplant them into. I store them in plastic garbage bags so I have them ready when I need them... By doing this part early Im not franticly searching for something to plant them into when they are ready to transplant.. When Im ready to put them in the ground I can plant pot and all and the root system isnt disturbed.. the nice thing about the storage bins is that as the seedlings grow I can harden them off very easily by removing the lid ..on colder nights or rainy days I just pop the lid back on. Also if you get the deeper boxes the seedlings can get pretty tall with no problem. I dont drill holes in them or anything, they are used as they come. I can get about 30 to 35 newspaper pots in each box depending on how well Ive measured the newspape when I make the pots.. Ive about 350 seedlings ready to go into the ground in a couple of weeks.. this is the second year Ive successfully done this and Im hoping to do even more next year.. I guess Im getting braver..lol.
love the pics and your supervisor is the best...LOL
No go ahead with perennials, I'm still doing mine as I feel up to it and money allows...LOL
I've still got so many to go and figure it will be well into April before I finish them...
great shot of the new addition. We have one as well, Isabella, born 2/10/10. I've not been well enough to go visit but my DH did for me and she is makes my heart double beat to just see her picture. We stay in touch through skype so that does help. Those grandbabies really have a way of pulling at the heart strings...
Cyn let me see some of your pictures of your ws project. How are the ladies who came for the ws party doing with theirs?
Janet, I still have so many jugs to go - some perennials and some annuals. I think it'll be mid-April before I get them all out. I wondered since our freezes will be done if they'll still germinate okay.
I'm going to check your FB page to see if you have an email and I'll send you my booklet. Most of my ladies are having some success with seedlings, but it's still early here for the echies, BE susans, etc. They are very excited though!
I'm in master gardener classes now, so am hoping to be able to speak on WS next year once I see success this year, lol!
Here's grandbaby Hadassah Nichols. Hadassah was Esther's Hebrew name (Ester in teh Bible).
Wonderful to hear that kqcrna! I have a ton of jugs with echies, black eyed susans and other really hardy perennials but no go yet. I am excited to hear yours just stuck their heads up! I almost even went outside with a flashlight last night to peek as it was a busy day yesterday. My right eye is swollen from "Jug Eye", lol. Cynthia
What an amazing job you did! And so organized. I'll post a couple pics later of the various containers we used. Out of necessity, not choice! I'm sure my neighbors are delighted. :)
My son came home from college-walked outside, saw the WS, through the breezeway and saw 125 potted lilies for our Lions Club plant sale, and then went into the laundry room, where the little box of mushrooms are growing. He muttered something about Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory...and went into his room. LOL!