Thursday, November 8, 2012

The milk carton seedlings.

Following on from my recent greenhouse breakthrough, I wanted to share with you a nifty idea that my sister in law Ally introduced to me recently - styrofoam seed raising containers! This worked well for her in Brisbane's warm climate, so I thought I would give it a try in the temperate climate of Newcastle.

If you don't have the money to buy a greenhouse from your local garden store, or you might just not have the space for it, then this is an idea you might like to try. Simply save your 2L milk cartons and cut the tops and bottoms off and wash them out. Then place them into our styrofoam box and fill with seed raising mix (or compost). Plant your seeds as normal, then keep this box in half shade. The styrofoam box will hold heat and warm the soil, similar to how a greenhouse works.

Once the seedlings are big enough to plant out, you will be able to use the containers as a guard to protect your young plants from wind or creepy crawlies!

~ Tomato, zucchini, and pickling gerkins ~
Sam xox

1 comment:

  1. Glad you gave it a try! I also found it helpful to leave them there so I could actually see where the new seedlings were in the garden, so they didn't get accidently trodden on or blasted with the hose.