This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

collecting plastic bottles

I'm going to try winter planting this year in plastic milk bottles. (Several bloggers have posted about doing this recently:, My Skinny Garden, Old Roses.) So, since it was recycling day in my town yesterday, I drove around and collected a dozen empty one gallon milk bottles. I have ordered a few types of seeds that I hope will do well with this simple method of planting:
Purple coneflower (Echinacea)
Zebrina hollyhock

I'm wondering if any vegetables/herbs would do well:
onions (from seed)




Blogger said...

I've had luck with lettuce and onions. But I also live in zone 9 and we don't have as many nights below 32 degrees.

January 16, 2008 1:16 PM

Blogger OldRoses said...

I don't know about the veggies and herbs, but the flowers will do fine. Great idea to collect containers on recycling day!

January 16, 2008 1:45 PM

Blogger Meg said...

I've seen a couple blog posts about this lately as well, and I'm excited to try. However, I grow lots more vegetables and herbs than flowers, so like you I'd be interested to try out this method with some edibles.

Not So Crafty--I'm glad to hear that onions did well for you. I wonder if keeping the jug close to the house at night or in the shed would help keep them from getting too super cold? hmm...

January 16, 2008 7:03 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

I think I'll do some experimenting with vegetables. I think veggies that reseed on their own in the spring will work: especially dill. (Even tomatoes volunteer, but they need an extended season, so I'll plant them inside.) I'll try my cold hardy veggies: beets, carrots, parsnips, onions, kale, and lettuce. Just a few seeds...

January 16, 2008 8:13 PM


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