Cleaning Winter Sowing Containers

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I had planned this post for early this week, but I have been sick for a few days… so now I’m posting it today! I had hoped to start my winter sowing by now, but it will have to wait until the weekend. The weather has taken a sharp turn towards spring over the last few days, and it’s making me feel like I’m way far behind.

Don’t panic, there’s still plenty of time to start your winter sowing here in Minnesota! Last night, I dug the winter sowing container stash out of the garage and started cleaning them.

As I mentioned in a previous post about types of winter sowing containers, my favorite types of containers are the ones that will survive the dishwasher. This makes cleaning them a much easier task!

For the non-dishwasher safe containers, I soak them in the sink with soapy water and wash them by hand. With winter sowing, you don’t have to worry about disinfecting them as well as you do with indoor sowing.

I can’t wait for this weekend!

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  1. says

    Hi Cher!
    Wow, December? You are on the ball!! I usually make myself wait until early February to start. This year I feel a little behind, but I think it's just the warm weather. If you want to enter the contest for free seeds, let me know your container count. Also, keep me posted on your WS progress, I always love to hear about what others are sowing and when stuff starts to sprout!

  2. says

    Hey Amy,

    I'm in MN too, and love that I found your blog! I didn't know we could still winter sow even this late in February – cool, thanks! This sounds like a great weekend project.

  3. says

    Hi JenE! Welcome to my blog!! Have you been winter sowing yet this winter? I usually make myself wait to start winter sowing until February, and I sow using this method well into April! (even though technically it's not winter by then) It's so much easier than starting seeds indoors. If you're going to do some sowing yet this winter, make sure to sign up for my free seeds giveaway. I&

  4. Anonymous says

    Personally, I like to use new containers every winter sowing year and recycle the old ones. I'm afraid of missing some bacteria — tho I guess the winter would kill it. Just like the fresh new ones.

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