Advice on sowing seeds...I'm a newbie!

Cynthia (N. Kansas C, MO(Zone 5b)

At the Dollar Tree I bought some large, not deep aluminum roasting pans with high, clear plastic lids. If I punch holes in the top and bottom, I assume they'll work okay? Milk containers are good, as are any type of container with a clear lid? Thanks!

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Kinderhook, NY(Zone 5b)

That would work OK, but you might want it deeper for the roots. Sometimes you don't end up planting ASAP and they sit and sit ..... :) Just today I threw out the very last milk jug that I never planted. Oh well, overall, it was a huge success for me.

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6a)

I tried the lasagna pans once and didn't like them much. They worked OK, but I don't think you can beat gallon milk jugs. I also use some 1/2 gallon ones and 2 liter pop bottles for things where I don't wan't too many plants.

Welcome, hanseycollie. Pretty dog! I love collies.


Cynthia (N. Kansas C, MO(Zone 5b)

Good to know! I'll just start having my friends save their milk jugs and won't invest in the others. Thanks for the compliment on Han - he's a great collie! He's a nursing home therapy dog in his spare time, ha!

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(Clint) Medina, TN(Zone 7b)

I had really good luck with milk jugs. I put potting soil in the bottom about 3 inches deep. I topped that off with about an inch of Jiffy Seed Starting mix. I have found this works better for Rudbeckias and Echinaceas because it drains better.

Cynthia (N. Kansas C, MO(Zone 5b)

Wonderful - I will use the ones I bought for some other seeds, but definitely use milk jugs for the Echinacedas and Rudbeckias. I can't wait for this winter .... heck, I can't wait for tomorrow to be outside and work in the yard. I bought two new pink coneplants today - no clue what kind but they're pretty. Will add them to the new garden in the front yard. Thanks Clint!

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