Repurpose Milk Jugs & 2 Liter Bottles for Winter Seed Sowing

It is time to begin thinking about winter seed sowing in preparation for the spring garden.

This winter just will NOT quit! Will it? Spring is on the way. Daylight Savings Time begins soon.  There is hope. In the meantime, I’d like to share with you these great Winter Seed Sowing tips. I first saw this done here over at A Garden For The House blog. Of course I saw it on Pinterest. We will be using normal household items. The only cost involved will be the dirt and the seeds.

You will need:

  • Seed starting soil
  • Seeds
  • Empty, clean Gallon Milk jugs
  • Empty, clean 2 Liter bottles
  • Sharp knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Duct Tape
Milk jug Winter seed
It should look like this when cut

Cut around the milk jug leaving just a small place uncut under the handle which will serve as the fold. Poke holes in the bottom with the screwdriver to allow for drainage. Place the dirt into the bottom. Spread the seeds according to package directions. Be sure to write the date and seed type on the outside of the milk jug. Use a small strip of tape to faster the front side of the milk jug. Leave the lid off.

Milk jug Winter seed planter How

You will need to containerize you Winter seed pots to prevent wind damage. 2 liters bottles will blow over in the wind! Be sure to poke holes in the bottom of the storage bins for water to drain when it rains.

Winter seeds in Ice Storm.

My kitchen scraps go into this repurposed cat food bucket.

Winter Seeds Sprouted Intelligentdomestications.comThey have popped their tiny little heads out of the dirt! Those Sunflower seeds are growing faster than anything else we planted! I will have to separate those into some faux peat pots and bring them in to a sunny window seal soon.

We made Faux Peat Pots  by repurposing toilet paper rollers, which you can read about here with our three youngest grandchildren. We assisted them in seed planting. They took their winter sown seeds home with them. My son-in-law sent me this picture of the progress!

This is Chandler (8), Cullen (7) and Ashley (5) planting their winter seeds. They did a great job! They planted two kinds of tomatoes, cilantro, basil, sunflowers and daisy’s.  Ashley and her Dad plant a Sunflower garden in their yard every year. It is important to teach the children gardening skills, don’t you think?

Wwinter Seed Sowing in Faux Peat Pots by

We repurposed an empty aluminum foil box as a holder for the faux peat pots. With the lid removed, the faux peat pots fit perfectly to keep them sitting up straight for transportation. Will you be starting some winter seeds?

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Visit Marigolds From Seed to Bloom for the complete planting cycle of the marigolds we planted here.


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Hi, I'm Shirley; recipe creator, enthusiastic crafter, even more enthusiastic beginner sewist, flower gardener, and penny pincher from way back.
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    • The seeds we sowed are actually for our spring garden planting. They will be ready for the ground at just the right time by sowing them when we did. We planted two kinds of tomatoes, 2 kinds of cilantro, basil, Sunflower seeds and Daisy’s. We want to start our own herb garden, starting with the cilantro and basil.

  1. I love gardening and recycling so this is perfect for me. I will definitely be trying this method to start my seeds. I also love the little toilet paper roll planting pots. I was holding on to some rolls but not sure what I was going to do with them. Thanks for the idea.
    Elena Fredrick recently posted…February 17th, 2014My Profile

    • I’m with you about loving gardening and recycling. There are lots of neat ideas on Pinterest for using toilet paper rollers but this is the best one I’ve seen. You can simply plant it in the ground like a peat pot because it will decompose and nourish the ground!

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