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JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 13, 2011
4:34 PM

Post #8309224

We had real sun today, and temps of 57- Since we have been in a deep freeze for weeks, I dragged a bag of solidly frozen potting mix onto the deck to let the sun thaw it out. My milk jugs are all sliced and punched and ready- tomorrow I hope to fill the jugs- finally! This WS thing is SO exciting- I plan to also put a few of each in indoor pots under lights for comparing.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

January 13, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8309229

Let the sowing begin...

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Celene
Columbus, OH

January 24, 2011
8:04 AM

Post #8327448

Hahaha...one of my promix bales was frozen to the garage floor. I left an electric blanket over it all day yesterday so I could pull it off without tearing the plastic.
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2011
12:54 PM

Post #8327904

Well, today I feel pretty smug- I just finished my 12 WS jugs, plus my indoor sowing for comparison (or backup). Here are my 12 milk jugs.

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JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2011
12:55 PM

Post #8327910

Here are my rope lights set up for my indoor containers

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JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2011
12:57 PM

Post #8327914

And with the containers on the shelves- The tan color is sand that I covered some of the seeds with.

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JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 27, 2011
4:37 PM

Post #8333938

So--let me see if I have this right. The soil in all the jugs was pre moistened before I put the seeds in. The jugs are now taped closed, lids are off, and they are out on the deck where they get afternoon sun. Now- when do I need to check to see if they are getting dry? The soil is 3-4" deep, so when I water should it be from the bottom? Or since there will be no roots for awhile should water be sprinkled on the top? I want this to be successful! Our temps are hovering right above freezing now.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

January 27, 2011
5:06 PM

Post #8334009

>>Now- when do I need to check to see if they are getting dry?

I usually start checking mine once they have 'thawed' and you haven't had rain or snow in a while. You can usually judge if they are dry by the weight of the container. [weather depending... end of Feb or into March for me.]

>>so when I water should it be from the bottom?

Some folks bottom water.

I find if you water [pour] thru the top, it creates a hole and moves the seeds around.
sometimes i water with a spray bottle or use my watering can from the house.

Bottom watering works well, but you need something to put them in [kiddy pool] or a large tub - if one has about 100 containers, that is a lot of work.

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