Lanelle L
Lanelle L
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Asked on Apr 14, 2012

Using drinking cups over seeds

DORLISBea509967Erica Glasener
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I have an Asian neighbor several houses down the street that used large styrofoam cups last year & is using small ones this year to cover something in his garden. I think he is covering seeds or small plants, Last year he left them on for several weeks, so I know it wasn't to protect them from frost. Has anyone used this method or know the reason for using them? Just curious,
9 answers
  • 3po3
    on Apr 15, 2012

    The only thing I can think is frost and chill covers, but those would go off during the day, typically. Have you asked him? I'm sure he would be glad to share his tips.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Apr 15, 2012

    Perhaps something where he wants to do restrict the sunlight, as Europeans would do with soil to get white asparagus, for example?

  • Lanelle L
    on Apr 15, 2012

    I know it is not to shield anything from frost or even to cover asparagus because they stay on for weeks then he eventually takes them off. Also it couldn't be asparagus because they are in a different location and layout from last year. He lives five houses below me so I don't know him; we are fortunate that the lots on our side of the street back up to the street that runs behind our houses. When I was growing up, we would sometimes make tents out of pieces of paper to cover tender plants if we thought it might frost.

  • 3po3
    on Apr 16, 2012

    I think it's time to meet your neighbor, then tell us his gardening secrets.

  • More than likely he is germinating the seeds...then shading the seedling some from the sun....you have to vent the cups though or in our sun, you'll bake the plants. At least that what Mamma says!

  • Lanelle L
    on Apr 16, 2012

    That's was my thought too, but i wouldn't think you would leave them on very long after they germinated because they would be more susceptable to the hot sun once they are taken off. I may have to take Steve's advice and march myself down there & ask, hoping we can understand each other.

  • Erica Glasener
    on Apr 16, 2012

    Let us know. Sounds like something worth sharing. thanks.

  • Bea509967
    on Feb 6, 2015

    Maybe he is protecting them from snails. In California that was a big problem.

  • DORLIS
    on Jun 27, 2015

    With all the rain we have had in our area this spring, snails and slugs along with mosquitoes are going to be our big problem this year. I am saving up eggshells to crush and planning to get some diatomatous earth, anything sharp that they will not crawl over.

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