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Post  sanderson 7/23/2019, 1:25 pm

I just ordered these heavy duty seed trays. The ones in the stores just don't hold up year after year, even though I double them. The information for these trays was buried in a vermiculite thread. Wink

https://www.bootstrapfarmer.com/collections/1020-trays-and-flats/products/extra-strength-seedling-propagation-tray

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Post  yolos 7/23/2019, 10:59 pm

After a recommendation from Ohio Gardener, I bought some of these trays earlier this summer and I love them.  Super strong and they will not crack/break when you lift them up with one hand instead of using two hands.
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Post  OhioGardener 7/24/2019, 8:35 am

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You'll love them!  I have not had a single one of them crack or break like the thin ones you buy in the big box stores. I did have a defective one, that had a very small hole in the bottom which allowed water to drip out, but the company immediately replaced it with a new one.

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Post  sanderson 7/26/2019, 4:29 am

Good to know. The order has reached Mesquite, TX and is slated to be here Monday.

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Post  sanderson 7/29/2019, 7:09 pm

They arrived and I love them!

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Post  OhioGardener 7/29/2019, 9:15 pm

sanderson wrote:They arrived and I love them!

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Post  sanderson 3/27/2020, 2:07 am

Really loving them!  I've been taking the seedlings outdoors on warm days and the tray sturdiness makes it much easier to carry. Seed Trays - Heavy Duty Seedli20

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Post  OhioGardener 3/27/2020, 8:42 am

sanderson wrote:Really loving them!  I've been taking the seedlings outdoors on warm days and the tray sturdiness makes it much easier to carry. Seed Trays - Heavy Duty Seedli20

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Good looking seedlings there, too!

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Post  yolos 3/27/2020, 12:29 pm

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sanderson wrote:Really loving them!  I've been taking the seedlings outdoors on warm days and the tray sturdiness makes it much easier to carry. Seed Trays - Heavy Duty Seedli20

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Good looking seedlings there, too!
I love them too  thanks again OG  I saw them listed on Amazon also but i prefer ordering direct from the seller.
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Post  markqz 3/28/2020, 12:34 am

sanderson wrote:Really loving them!  I've been taking the seedlings outdoors on warm days and the tray sturdiness makes it much easier to carry. Seed Trays - Heavy Duty Seedli20
Wow! Those seedlings! They're amazing! They look like the ones that are on the Jiffy pot packaging, which I'm sure have been photo-shopped.   I'm feeling so inadequate!  My seeds and seedlings all hate me -- they just sit there and sulk! Sad

How well do the packs that go into/onto the trays hold up? Are they anything special, or do they need to be replaced regularly?
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Post  sanderson 3/28/2020, 5:01 am

Mark, I wash and reuse 6- and 8-packs from the annual flowers I buy for the front yard.  The dark green 2" pots were bought off eBay in 2013.  Again, I wash and reuse them.  I also have a supply of yogurt and cut down soda cups from 2013.  Basically a life time supply. Razz  Photo from 2014 before I learned about keeping the lights closer.  Thank goodness they spent a lot of time outside with sunshine. Seed Trays - Heavy Duty Seed_d10

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Post  OhioGardener 3/28/2020, 8:51 am

That's cool, Sanderson!  I use CowPots, which can be planted right in the soil and feed the plants as they decompose. But, that can be expensive with a lot of plants.

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Post  countrynaturals 3/28/2020, 10:15 am

OhioGardener wrote:That's cool, Sanderson!  I use CowPots, which can be planted right in the soil and feed the plants as they decompose. But, that can be expensive with a lot of plants.
For me, it's all Jiffy Pellets and peat pots. That way, I can plant seeds inside when the weather's lousy, without the mess, and transplanting is a breeze. I know it's more expensive than the other way, but I make up for it in other areas. "This I do for me." Razz
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Post  sanderson 3/29/2020, 1:35 am

OG, are these made from cow manure without peat moss, etc.? The website didn't explain.

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sanderson wrote:OG, are these made from cow manure without peat moss, etc.?  The website didn't explain.

Yes, they are made out of composted cow manure.  On the company's home page - https://cowpots.com/ - they go into more detail.  They list them as:

Our cows' manure is first digested, providing bio gas to the farm. After providing energy value, the manure is delivered to the CowPots factory to be formed into pots.

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Post  sanderson 3/30/2020, 2:42 am

Thank you, I couldn't find this description.

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Post  Dan in Ct 3/30/2020, 7:46 am

Just when you think Connecticut is too small to make a substantial contribution to agricultural/horticulture, we jump up and show our Yankee ingenuity. Cow pots are made right here in Ct. and I got to visit the dairy farm that makes them as part of a Master Composter field trip that was a requirement for certification. There is another dairy farm just down the road with 3x as many cows that has a composting operation that has to have the best composted cow manure. Best ever compost in a bag is still Coast of Maine Quoddy Blend Lobster Compost. The only bagged product I have ever found live worms in. Tell them Dan sent you, no discount but the look of bewilderment in not knowing who I am is priceless. The cow manure operation is all under huge high tunnels with strict guidelines of management. They had one of those, cost more than and almost bigger than my house, windrow turners. One of the best field trips I was ever on and even got to tour a dairy, milking parlor and all at the dairy farm where the cow pots were made.
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Post  Dan in Ct 3/30/2020, 8:00 am

I get my 1020 seed trays at Ocean State Job Lot. They are the inexpensive ones, $1.25 per. I was taught to never say cheap when talking retail. I get 20 new ones every year and double them for strength. I use the new ones for germination  and the previous ones when I pot up. I have a stack of them around here somewhere. I also got a bale of ProMix BX for the first time this year and getting it from the wife's car trunk into the garage was as close to wrestling a bear I want to come to this year. Big and bulky but you get a ton of mix. This should last me two years. I think I will save money so I am calling it relatively inexpensive.
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Post  sanderson 3/30/2020, 4:56 pm

Those compost turners are huge! Well managed windrows shouldn't breed flies, and they are a great way to compost huge amounts of green and/or manure waste so we can return it to the earth.

I also have a supply of economical 1020 trays. I doubled them with a sheet of corrugated cardboard to add some rigidity. How ever, there was a spot on each of them that eventually got a hole.

Coast of Maine Quoddy Blend Lobster Compost - wish it was available on the West Coast. We do have a Pacific coast seafood industry.

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Post  OhioGardener 3/30/2020, 6:32 pm

Strange, I still have a stack of those economy 1020 trays that I bought at the big box store, too. Don't know what I am going to do with them, since I never use them anymore. I got so tired of them buckling in half when I picked them up to carry them outside to harden the plants.  Have never had that problem with the heavy duty trays. Each of the heavy duty trays cost the same as 5 of the economy trays, but they last 20 or 30 times longer. 

What to do with that stack of old trays?  Maybe I could repurpose them into an indoors garden...

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OhioGardener wrote:What to do with that stack of old trays?  Maybe I could repurpose them into an indoors garden...
Hoard them, for the apocalypse? Razz I actually only saved the ones that didn't spring leaks.  I have a cupboard in the garage for garden stuff.  Seed Trays - Heavy Duty Storag14

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sanderson wrote:
OhioGardener wrote:What to do with that stack of old trays?  Maybe I could repurpose them into an indoors garden...
Hoard them, for the apocalypse? Razz I actually only saved the ones that didn't spring leaks.  I have a cupboard in the garage for garden stuff. 

How ironic is it that I have that exact same cabinet next to my seed starting area, and it is just as full of "stuff". But, mine is not nearly that well organized.   Shocked

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