Cold Frame for Herbs: Make Milk Jug Seed Starters


| October/November 2011



Cold frame 5

Illustration by Elayne Sears

You can use this method to start seeds in late winter without indoor lights or a cold frame.

1. Cut a gallon milk jug (or other large plastic container) in half horizontally, leaving one edge intact to use as a hinge. Discard the cap.

2. Punch several drainage holes in the bottom.

3. Fill the bottom with 3 inches of potting soil, moisten well and plant your seeds.

4. Fold down the top cover, and secure the cut seam with duct tape. Enclose the planted jug in a large clear or opaque plastic bag (such as a produce bag), held together at the top with a twist tie.

5. Place in a sunny, protected spot outdoors.





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