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Question about Using Tin Cans for seedling protection

Posted by whiteoakian 6 (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 5, 10 at 9:51

Hi all

I have saved a bunch of my tin cans to use as seedling protectors as I plant them out. My question is, will the seedlings get enough sun if I use tin cans to protect them? I was planning on using these on my pren seedlings and tomatoes. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
Susan


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RE: Question about Using Tin Cans for seedling protection

What are you trying to protect them from?

Keriann~


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RE: Question about Using Tin Cans for seedling protection

I am a little confused too. What are you trying to protect them from? Are you trying to create a shelter to harden them off? Is so, I have never heard of this. Please explain more!

Sarah


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RE: Question about Using Tin Cans for seedling protection

If it's for cutworm protection, I would remove the bottoms so you have just a cylinder and cut it down the side with tinsnips so that (with gloves) you could spread the can a little to remove it after the stem is big and too tough for worms.


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RE: Question about Using Tin Cans for seedling protection

Yes indeed a common practice up here on the windy prairie. Cans with both ends removed used as a sleeve for wind and cut worms, you will have plenty of sun for growth. I still have 3 lb coffee cans I use for tomatoes. As a side effect it makes watering very easy and contained.

Curt:-)


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RE: Question about Using Tin Cans for seedling protection

I also use large coffee cans with both ends cut out for wind protection for my tomatoes. They seem to do better with the coffee cans than with other methods I've tried.


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RE: Question about Using Tin Cans for seedling protection

Thanks for all the responses. trying to keep the rabbits and cut worms off my seedlings. I only have soup cans; don't do coffee, but I think I'll try rock guy's suggestion of the tin snips to widen them. I'm glad they'll still get plenty of sun.
Thanks all!
Susan


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