The following is a technique relating to Wintersowing.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Wintersowing is a method of starting seeds for your garden.
No need for complicated light setups or heat mats or any of the bother that starting seeds indoors using traditional methods is usually associated with.
No need to buy expensive seed starting flats.
You simply sow your seed in easily prepared, "found", recycled containers and set them out in the yard in the dead of winter.
They freeze, they thaw, get snowed and rained on and, come Spring, grow.
Sounds crazy but it works. Just like it does in nature.
The method is also popular as it is a great method for recycling discarded plastic items into useful things.
You can look at my other Instructables posts for info on how to prepare these to be used.
One of the most frequently discussed topics relating to WS in how to mark all the containers you sow.
This is very important come Spring when things start sprouting.
A hundred containers with who knows what in them due to faded or missing tags is no fun.
Lots of variations on how to make labels have been mentioned and many are less then effective.
Sharpies can fade in the sun, paint pens can be hard to locate and are not exactly cheap in some locations, duct tape can come off.
So what to do???
One thing that can be done is to make embossed, permanent labels.
Well how do you do that Monte???
Glad you asked.
First things first.
You will need a few supplies.
- Some slats from an old mini blind
- A ball point pen (ink not needed)
And the secret ingredient………Metal Foil Tape
Metal foil tape is used in the HVAC trade to seal duct work.
IT IS NOT DUCT TAPE
Duct tape is an adhesive backed fabric.
Metal Foil Tape is actual, fairly thick, aluminum foil with a paper lined adhesive backing.
It is designed to seal metal ductwork in heating and air conditioning applications.
A very unforgiving environment with huge temperature and moisture variations.
Often the ducts are sealed up in wall cavities so a failure can be costly to repair.
To prevent this, the adhesive is very strong so it will stand up in gardening applications with no problems.