Originally Posted by Blooming
Or perhaps I will just save every container I can get my hands on. Anyone tried yogurt containers?
I get the flats that the pots go in from Lowe's for about $.97/each ($3-$4/ea at Fred Meyer!), and just poke around for 4" pots... you'll find an okay deal somewhere as long as the shipping doesn't get you.
Um, I wouldn't do yogurt containers. Or decapitated milk jugs, sour cream containers, etc. I did it two years ago, and it was heartbreaking. The roots stick to the plastic on all those (at least all the containers I had, and it was a variety), and it takes a while for the plant to regrow half their roots.
Unless maybe you spray down the inside with vegetable oil before filling with dirt, but I don't know if it'd last or work or anything. Plus I had to get in the containers with a spoon or knife because my containers were more rigid than flexible - the flexibility is important when you're squishing the sides to get all the root and dirt out in one piece (relatively) rather than leaving the roots in the container away from the stem of the plant.
Originally Posted by allielb
How productive (or whatever) are old seeds? I have some from 2005, is it worth it to plant them?
As a newbie, how do you pick which variety? There are so many kinds of tomatoes, peppers, corn, etc. And having no real experience with any, I have no idea which to choose or which company to get them from.
The germination will be lower for seeds from 2005 than seeds from 2008, but unless they're onions or onion related, you should get at least some germination.
experimenting with different varieties of things. I think your best bet would be go with things that'll mature in your zone. I got the Irish Eyes catalog today, and they have a 40 day tomato! I am so
getting one of those packets.