Last year you mentioned trying winter sowing in vinegar bottles. Did that work? I am trying to winter sow and I use alot of vinger for my homemade fabric softner. I would love to be able to use them!!
Yup, the vinegar bottles worked fine, but they were a bit harder to cut and to put drainage holes in (because the plastic is thicker). Although I think that any residual vinegar probably evaporates, I made sure to rinse really well-just in case 🙂
For those of you who have absolutely no idea what we are talking about, winter sowing is a super easy, super frugal way of starting seeds. Long story short-you plant seeds inside of little mini “greenhouses” made from milk jugs, or as Medohill points out vinegar bottles, and then you stick them outside in the snow. They freeze, melt, freeze, melt and then as spring kicks up they warm up sooner in their little greenhouse and start growing, all with no help or care from you. I’ve been growing several of my annuals this way for the last few years (alyssum, marigolds, candytuft, bachelor buttons etc).
For the full story on winter sowing (complete with lots of photos), check out my past articles, Start Your Garden and Winter Sowing Success. Think about giving it a try! I’m saving up my bottles already, and as soon as the seeds hit the stores, I’ll be planting!
NOTE: Photos courtesy of and copyright Free Range Stock; photographer Sarah Sturtevant