Egg carton

kmsimmons(7b)January 26, 2012

I haven't seen this mentioned so I thought I would ask. Has anyone tried using an egg crate for winter sowing? Cutting out the top, replacing with plastic and when they sprout and are ready to plant, break the sections apart and just plant? Would the material just start to disintegrate immediately, not making it a good container, or would it not decompose fast enough in the ground, therefore hurting the sprouts? It seems like a great idea but the fact that I don't remember seeing it mentioned makes me wonder...

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beachgrub(4 northern michigan)

I've used the egg carton for indoor sowing but found it wasn't deep enough and the roots had nowhere to grow. Ended up with tiny weak seedlings compared to the same seed in larger 3 inch peat pots.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2012 at 8:25PM
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I've tried the egg carton inside, and had the same results as beachgrub. Also, since my light set up is in the basement, I had a huge issue with mold. And after only a short while, they absorbed so much moisture that they began to fall apart when I tried to move them. I had to put them on a board to get them outside. Since they would be likely to get very wet during the spring thaw if outside, this might be a problem. If you're going to try it, I would suggest putting something under them to allow for you to move them without having them fall apart.

Hope this helps :-)

    Bookmark   January 26, 2012 at 8:44PM
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kqcrna(z6 SW Oh)

And such a small amount of soil dries too fast, especially in a warm zone. You'll be happier with your results if you use bigger, deeper containers with at least 3" of soil.


    Bookmark   January 26, 2012 at 9:12PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Ditto what Karen said.

Much, much too small, too shallow for winter sowing.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2012 at 12:16AM
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bakemom_gw(z6 Central Ohio)

too shallow.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2012 at 6:28AM
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Thanks everybody! It's nice getting so much quick useful feedback. I appreciate it!

    Bookmark   January 27, 2012 at 6:37AM
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