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lauriwilson
Caistor
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

January 10, 2006
6:17 PM

Post #1966628

I decided to so winter sowing this year for the first time. My husband built me three cold frames and now all my seeds are in them~~Question is should I remove the plastic covers from the seeds or just leave them on??...And WOW on the homemade Earthbox I'm going to make me several of those for porch plantings..TIA Lauri
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 13, 2006
11:47 PM

Post #1974541

Keep the plastic covers on them, but provide small slits for the transpiration, as well as, letting Mother Nature water them for you. As the seeds begin to grow, the slits will be made bigger. Don't forget your drainage holes too!
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 14, 2006
3:08 AM

Post #1974979

Do you have the seeds covered individually and then the cold frame cover on? I feel the idea is to let mother nature get her hands all over your seeds while protecting them from washing away in heavy rain or letting the animals feast on them in the cold winter months.
kbaumle
Northwest, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 14, 2006
3:13 AM

Post #1974992

I'm using milk jugs and I just keep the lids off. I've been checking them, and it seems like that's just right. I can see moisture accumulating at the top of the jugs, yet there's no water laying on the surface. I picked up a couple of the jugs to make sure they were draining (we've had rain today and several other times since I've planted them), and they were definitely draining, so I think maybe it's a good combination. So far. LOL.
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 14, 2006
3:23 AM

Post #1975014

Sounds good so far - I know I feel like a mother hen with my containers...
lauriwilson
Caistor
United Kingdom
(Zone 8b)

January 14, 2006
10:56 AM

Post #1975281

Thanks everyone. LOL Gads can you tell I'm a little green?? Maybe I should back up a bit and explain. O.K. here goes :o) I started about 20, out in various containers and then the rains came and stayed, some 22 plus inches and even with drain holes and tiny slits on top most of them became mini swamps. So with me being a wee bit upset my DH decided to fix the problem and built me these cold frames to salvage what I could and to keep planting. So I replanted what had drowned and put saran wrap on top of my new ones and plucked them down in the cold frames. I poked holes in the tops and was wondering if I even needed the wrap if they are in the frames...BTW it's raining...again...Lauri
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

January 14, 2006
11:28 AM

Post #1975303

Lauri - if you think it's not draining well - make either more holes or make the existing ones larger?
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 14, 2006
11:18 PM

Post #1976824

I agree with Anita! Make more drainage holes & even enlarge the ones you have currently.

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