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Winter Sowing: using empty railing boxes?

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Chicago, IL

January 6, 2008
5:24 AM

Post #4366292

Hi -

I am thinking of doing winter sowing for the first time, and have some coneflower, black-eyed susan, and marigold seeds I collected last summer. I also have some empty OJ/milk cartons that I was going to put inside plastic bags with slits.

However, I also have a long railing box and a couple small containers that still have some soil in them. The weather is a little warmer in Chicago and they might unfreeze a bit. I was wondering - can I just plant some seeds into there, or is it critical to have the containers be covered with plastic? I also sowed some seeds directly into our garden, and hope at least a few will come up there anyway. Thanks!
St. Louis County, MO
(Zone 5a)

January 6, 2008
5:51 AM

Post #4366355

Scuba, if you mean flower boxes like you hang on the porch railings, I've planted mine and plopped them in a cheap tub with a plastic lid as an experiment.

In nature they wouldn't have a plastic cover, give it a try without.
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

January 6, 2008
11:03 AM

Post #4366649

Or you could cover with some plastic sheeting, propped up off the soil with stakes or sturdy wire or something of the sort.


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