Do neighbors refer to your place as "Jug City".Do friends ask you;"just what are you up too?"I tell everybody its a science experiment that the goverment is paying me to carry out.I got really nosey neighbors.Last year they called the police on me.They noticed that I had lights going on and off in my basement.They told the police I was growing marijuana.The police were embarassed,when it turned out to be basil and tomatoe plants.I have ws 40 jugs and plan to do 10 more.I expect the cops any minute.Edge
hilarious... lights in the basement. lol
Wonder what that cost taxpayers cause some lame - o called the cops. I swear, neighbors are a trip aren't they? lol
It's like they have nothing better to do than to see what everyone else is up to.
Maybe if they ws'd they wouldn't have time to be so nosey.
Now there's an idea.
Hey, economic times are tough these days. Now that we start our seeds outside, many people here probably do have extra plant lights and seed starting stuff... could be making some extra income that way.
My neighbors just shake their heads and laugh at me. I am the neighborhood oddball. My husband says they call me that crazy plant lady. It's not just milk jugs. It's stealing them from recycle bins, collecting yard waste from the curb for my compost, humps of garbage covered with burlap in the yard for interbay mulch beds. Guys at 3 different homes now deliver their bagged fall leaves to me. They sometimes find me at 6 a.m. browsing through their yards in my bathrobe and flipflops, coffee in hand, collecting seeds from their plants. They come home from work and find half empty milk jugs of seedlings on their porches. I am a one woman, year-long object of curiosity.
Uh-oh, another neighborhood crazy lady here...I think when I had a Blackswallowtail Butterfly caterpillar last summer and I was out picking it fresh wild Queen Anne's Lace every morning in my jammies sealed that deal...not for sure though.
But I don't wintersow a lot. Usually only 6 or so jugs. So I'm not that odd...yet...
So far - 47 containers - though 42 are smaller containers places in large clear storage boxes with drilled holes in the lids and bottoms. Last year I had 161 containers of all forms - the yard looked pretty "seedy" (terrible pun, I know . . . )
Anyway - I still want to do lots more - but what will I do with all the plants?
I think I have solved the problem of what to do with any "extra" plants I have from WS. I am going to donate them to the Resale store where I volunteer for Assistance League and see if they will sell! Of course that is assuming I have any extras!
way to funny Ive had the police here 2 yrs in a row now because of the nighbors .They claim my lights in the basement nver go out and I have lots of strange plants.Just started ws and last year only did about 10 this year have 5 started but its early here. Also going through recyleing bags when I take dogs for a walk.And as far as collecting for compost I rake alkmost the whole street. lol
"They sometimes find me at 6 a.m. browsing through their yards in my bathrobe and flipflops, coffee in hand, collecting seeds from their plants. They come home from work and find half empty milk jugs of seedlings on their porches."
OH MY Karen, I about died laughing at this. I walk down the alley behind our church while the kids are getting settled in the car and grab any dried seed pods that are hanging over the fence, my kids think I am crazy, keeping ziploc baggies in the glove box, cuz you never know when you might find some seeds that nobody wants. LOL. I never knew you could actually walk through their yards... hmmmmm. Have to get to know the neighbors a little better.
Hey westallis, I am in Wisconsin too - Zone 4. I just put out 8 jugs and 2 big lettuce containers from Sam's. This is my first time WSing so I'm nervous. After seeing all the posts from points south, I'm glad to see someone else with similar weather. What kinds of seeds do well for you? This will also be the first year for my "basement operation" with plant lights...can't wait to see what the neighbors do!
well I tried last year outside was some maigolds ,poppies, and a few others that are pretty easy to sow in spring or are esay reseeders not always the best luck with under lights even though am going to try again this year
I don't think there is any comparison, nbgard. I am zone 6a and you are zone - what? zone 8? You will have larkspur before I do! ^_^ I just hope mine germinate and I can get them in the garden before they are too large - and that they will have enough time to bloom before it is cold again. (will this winter never end????)
Larkspur gentian blue are a shorter variety of larkspur, so they just don't get too tall. T&M says 12 inches. Mine have gotten to maybe a foot and a half, tops. http://www.valueseeds.com/item-7239.html
My best ones are always those seeds which drop from the plant, self-seed in late summer/fall, and overwinter. When enough snow melted I went out and looked and it didn't seem I had many this year. I'll have to check again in better weather. They are beautiful, though.
The heck with jugs. I WS hardy perennials straight into my 3 ftx 6ft coldframe. All need stratificaton and will germinate when conditions are right for the varieties I sowed.
My coldframe is full of the following seeds this year:
Iris and Daylilies from my plants and for fun
gemini_sage and nanny_56
I am a long-time gardener and as simple as this coldframe is, I could not garden without it. It has served as an over-winter holding box for young plants started indoors, a rooting box for cuttings, a seeding box during fall and winter, and a place to test the hardiness of perennials for my zone 4. When seeds are available of the variety I want, I start them from seeds, rather than buy plants.
See my post above for photo of that coldframe.
My coldframe consists of scrap lumber from a home improvement center who sells scraps and culled lumber cheap. The coldframe measures 6 ft wide x 3 feet deep x 12" high. Shading cloth is attached to a frame, which is hinged to the back of the coldframe. It sits on bare ground about 1" deep. I removed the top 6" of the original soil and replaced it with good garden soil, peatmoss, humus, and manure.
This coldframe is 8 years old and full of seeds sown Oct 2008. A coldframe can be made in any size to suit your need. I built it to fit an old window sash, minus the glass.
When I lived in NEduring the 80's I owned and operated a small commercial greenhouse specializing in drought resistant plants for NE climate. The coldframe I had then was built from used railroad ties that I was able to obtain free. It was much larger than the one I have now since I grew all from seeds that I sold. I sowed perennials, starting in July and August in flats. By late September the seedlings were large enough to be planted in the coldframe. By late spring, these plants were husky with a good root system and ready for a 3" pot to be sold.
There are many things you can use to build a coldframe with. All it is, is a box with 4 walls and a cover. You can make shade with lath mounted on a frame, like I did.
On a smaller scale, you can use a plastic storage box from Walmart, cut the bottom off, then bury it to within 1/2" from the rim. I have done that with plastic shoe boxes for small seeds to germinate in my coldframe.
Caption: My railroad tie coldframe full of perennials. Photo taken early spring of seedlings sown July and Aug of the previous year. I never covered the coldframe against Nature. Used the lath sceen when the seedlings were newly planted in the coldframe.
I would put one up in a heartbeat ...but DH has never learned to live in the here and now. He is always living in the future. So what I keep hearing is don't know how long we will live here...blah blah blah.
I wanted to order a historical tree to plant...he was like we won't be here long enough to see it get big...aarrrgh!!!
I'm currently up to 63 jugs. From gallon milk to Qt sized H&H containers.
I have 10 gal jugs sitting on my counter & DR table... should get to those today... i've got the house to myself... first time in a very long time. [i hope to take advantage of it]
I really only have 1 neighbor -- they know i WS but they can't see the boxes of containers. The first year, i had some on the side of my house, southern exp... so it probably looked a bit nutty... but who cares... i have the most flowers *wicked evil grin*
Dawn -- you can keep going as long as you want... later it will be called "Spring Sowing" then "Summer Sowing"
but it's basically the same thing...
I recall last year, it was probably mid-late spring, I dumped some seeds in a container and stuck them out side... they germinated fine and i planted them out in the Fall. I think they were Shasta Daisies.
Well it is getting close! Just got through going through my seeds to see what I will want to plant.
Next We will be cutting the containers and drilling holes in the bottoms.
I didn't see this thread last year! Does the # of jugs only mean Milk jugs? I had 300 containers last year but only part were milk jugs. And the question I get all the time is... "Are you going into the business?" NOOOO... I am just a wintersowing fool!!! Well, I go overboard on any thing plant related! I do not sell them. I do give a lot away to friends and family. I try to plant the rest, but sometimes I have a few that never get planted in a bed. And then I feel guilty...
Here is a picture of my containers from last year. We were not finished and when we were done there was no visible concrete. You can see my coldframe in this pic also. It was full too...
I hope I can cotrol myself this year. Somebody stop me! I don't need any more plants
no -- i dont have room for that. I have done a 'flat' on a heat mat in a south facing window -- with hit or miss results. I'll also set small pots in baggies in my bathroom window.. it's south facing... and had decent results last year.. i will do that again this year.
Oh, I see germination of them... all the time! I have to pull them out of all of my flower beds! Do you know what kind of Oak they are from? We have a tremendous abundance of acorns. So much so that I teasingly told DH that instead of buying more rock to redo our washed out driveway, he should just use the acorns! When they fall on our metal carport it sounds like a war zone. And a lot of my plants have damage to their leaves from acorns hitting them. It looks like hail damage!
I am not sure what type they are... but there was an article here on Daves a few weeks ago i still need to read.
We have all the Oaks in Wisc where we have a trailer... we have an addition that is called an Add-a-room with a metal/aluminum roof, so it also sounds like a war-zone ... I call it 'popcorn' sometimes, when they are all falling.
and yes, we too see germination all the time... maybe that is why DH decided to see if he could grow little oak trees.
I planted acorns in 1981---two have survived and I now sit under them, but, they have totally shaded what was once a vegetable garden---the one trunk is about two feet through----I often wish I'd planted a whole grove but they are now spreading their own acorns. Red oak----------------Weedy