Lettuce Bin Seedstarter

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Post: #15389 Mandyz
Sat Mar 25, 2006 1:56 am

I know that Presidents Choice sells outside of North America, but I'm not sure if they have all the same products.

We buy their organic baby leaf lettuce - and it's delicious. (No garden here yet, but we do have a baby leaf lettuce patch planned)
I discovered that the clear plastic bins are the perfect size for inserting 3 rows of cardboard egg containers (or is that 1.5) with seeds. (Thumbnails)
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The tomatoe seeds seem to have liked this set up too as they came up quickly.
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We don't have much yard space, so I have to create my own mini greenhouses indoors.

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Post: #15393 Wombat
Sat Mar 25, 2006 2:23 am

Well done Mandy!

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Post: #15395 Muddypause
Sat Mar 25, 2006 2:26 am

I like that bit of invention, Mandyz. Simple, but perfect.
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Post: #15411 wulf
Sat Mar 25, 2006 10:10 am

A lot of plastic packaging can be redeemed from instant landfill fodder by using like this. I haven't tried with egg boxes inside but started off most of my seeds on kitchen towel in plastic trays last year.

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Post: #15478 ina
Sat Mar 25, 2006 8:06 pm

I'm actually running short of this type of plastic punnet! Will have to ask my colleagues to keep them for me... They already collect loo rolls, jam jars, corks for me - I feel like the communal recycling bin myself!
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Post: #15516 Millymollymandy
Sun Mar 26, 2006 6:44 am

I grow my cress in those types of clear pots - lower sided though.

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Post: #15527 glenniedragon
Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:03 am

I've started loads off in those type of containers, I like the ones fresh cakes come in from the supermarket bakery- isn't it funny how even half way across the globe great minds think alike!

I came across a good idea in my Urban gardener book-about putting a shelf across a window, and this shef had circular cut outs that pots with a lage-ish lip fitted in and then the plant pots fitted in those so they were watertight, excellent Idea that I shall be doing in my kitchen window (that looks out onto our scruffy old shed) maybe worth doing for you too Mandyz as it would effectivley double your windowledge capabilities..

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Post: #15530 Shirley
Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:29 am

ooh I do like that idea Deb.

I think I might do that too - we were trying to work out some space for plants in our kitchen but the windowsill isn't too deep and not out of reach ofdog/cat/toddler etc.
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Post: #15768 Mandyz
Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:22 pm

Thanks, that is a good idea. I've thought about how I can vertical. So far I have things on a long table infront of the window (which has moved onto my coffee table as well) and under it. All the sunny spots are effectively taken by plants - much to the cats' distaste - because the dog takes the remaining floor sun.

I will eventually hang some pots. Can't do a shelf here because the window is actually my sliding door to the back deck. Although... perhaps I could outfit something on the bedroom window above...

I just spent the entire day on my deck reading. It was lovely and warm. I could even take my thin fleece off in the middle of the day. I hope tomorrow is the same! I'd like as many of these as possible before we get another cold snap.

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Post: #15795 Ranter
Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:47 am

Wow MandyZ we must be psychic, I've also used an egg box inside one of these plastic trays - i did it this weekend & have only just read your post. I had just one egg box after a friend did my shopping (the place I buy eggs takes the boxes back to reuse them) & was looking for something to put it in.

I'm doing my kitchen now & am planning on some glass shelves across the window, which looks across the yard into my next-door neighbour's kitchen. Even without the neighbours house I wouldn't get much in the way of sunlight here, it's north facing. So it gets constant light, without the harshness of direct sunlight. Think it'll work for seedlings -can anyone advise to the contrary?


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