Winter Seed Sowing is necessary to save on the budget and get a good jump start on having plants ready early for the ground. Once the weather finally warms up in the Spring, we want to see our garden plants growing, don’t we!
This method of winter seed planting using mini homemade terrariums which are really repurposed milk jugs or two liter bottles. No indoor space is required or expensive lighting. You can leave these outside even in snow and ice!
You can start any type of seeds for your vegetable or flower gardens using this method. Mine are typically flowers and tomatoes.
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Table of Contents
- How to start seeds in milk jugs
- Transplant the seedlings
- More Fun Projects To Do Outside
How to start seeds in milk jugs
- Seed starting soil
- Empty, clean plastic containers such as Milk jugs, 2 ltr. bottles, juice containers
- Sharp knife
- Duct Tape
Directions for milk jug seed starting
- Wash your containers first.
2. Cut around the milk jug leaving just a small place uncut under the handle which will serve as the fold.
3. Poke holes in the bottom with the screwdriver to allow for drainage.
4. Place the dirt into the bottom.
5. Spread the seeds according to package directions.
6. Be sure to write the date and seed type on the outside of the milk jug.
7. Use a small strip of tape to faster the front side of the milk jug. i
You will need to containerize you Winter seed pots to prevent wind damage. 2 liters bottles will blow over in the wind, trust me I know from experience! I set all of my milk jug terrariums into a big plastic bin.
Be sure to poke holes in the bottom of the storage bins for water to drain when it rains.
The first time I used this winter seed sowing method I stored mine on the back deck as seen in these photos. We now live in a home with a back porch so mine are still outside but under a roof. I can attest this method works well either way.
My kitchen scraps go into this repurposed cat food bucket for a few months to decompose, then straight into my flower beds for compost.
Transplant the seedlings
You can also purchase these little 3″ peat pots that go straight into the ground and break down in the soil.
Once they are big enough to go into the ground and the weather permits, they will be planted into our garden space. See How To Grow Marigolds from Seed To Bloom for how to prepare the soil.
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