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Posted by dixieredhead NC, Low Zone7 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 19, 06 at 17:19

You guys are all experts and I hate to seem so dumb. But anyway, here goes. I am going to do this. (How could I not?) I have read all the FAQs and still have a couple of questions.
If you have time could you please help me.

I have an unlimited access to small styrofoam coolers. About 1-2 feet square. (you can get them too if you know anyone with access to a hospital lab)Do I cut them down, or leave them about a foot deep?

Also my house is L-shaped. It has an L-shaped deck, around a pool, on the back which gets sun all day. It's about 4 feet off the ground. It's hot there, is this a good place to winter so.

Thanks in adavance for your help. I swear I won't bug you to death. After this, I will just get it by trial and error. Dix

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RE: Experts

Hi Dix,
glad to have you joining us!

You can use any container that you can put drain holes in, and some way to cover it - I use strofoam cups with plastic wrap on top held by a pony tail band- how thick are the coolers? I would think you need to put quite a few holes and about the size of a pencil, so they won't have to 'do the backstroke' in water during your winter -LOL

You can put your containers anywhere you want really- the easier for you to get to/peer in/talk to, the better :))
Then, in your zone, when the hot sun starts in spring, you may have to move them to part shade and/or watch the water-
I find I lose a lot more babies from heat than ever the cold...

don't worry a minute about asking too many questions- no such thing- this winter, the forum will be "hoppin" with questions/answers/suggestions...

you might want to post these questions on the discussions page- there are more folks posting there *it's totally relevent* this conversation page goes pretty slow in the summer (everyone is so busy enjoying their w/s gardens!)

hope this helps,
Linda in Louisville
*do tell us what seeds you want to plant*

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RE: Experts

How cool!! This picture is worth a thousand words in how to winter sow. Thanks so much!

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  • Posted by donn_ 7a, GSB, LI, NY (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 23, 06 at 15:16

I used styrofoam coolers from Omaha Steaks, and they worked great. They weren't a foot deep, but that shouldn't be a problem. It'll just give the seedlings more headroom.

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I drilled 1/2" holes in the bottom, for drainage, and covered the top with clear plastic dropcloth from Home Depot, with transpiration holes poked in it. Some of them had 4" of potting mix, and some of them contained newspots of potting mix.

I let in small wooden dowels to support the plastic during heavy snow, but it wasn't really necessary.

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