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Wilko Seed Tray Inserts
Member Name: Ninski1
Wilko Seed Tray Inserts
Disadvantages: A little thin
I love growing my own vegetables, flowers and herbs and am always on the look out for good quality seed trays at a good price. I do also tend to keep yoghurt pots to use, but there never seems to be enough and you also need to put your own holes in the bottom for drainage, so when I saw these seed trays in Wilkinsons a while ago, priced at a very reasonable 3 trays for £1.50 I picked up a pack.
The trays are made of a thin black plastic with ridges on the outer edges, they are quite sturdy. The trays measure 5.5 cm in height, 23cm X 36cm in overall width and depth. Each tray has 40 individual seed pots, 5 X 8. Each individual seed tray has small holes in the base of each pot that are a good size to allow for adequate drainage, though not so large that when you fill them with soil and compost it falls through the bottom. I put the tray inserts onto a large plastic tray so when they are watered it contains the water and it is not messy, plus the seeds can then soak up the water throughout the day.
As I tend to plant a lot of seeds I also found that the trays can be cut along the top where they are attached so that they can fit in odd gaps I have on my larger plastic trays, the edges can become a bit sharp after they have been cut though so I would recommend being careful not to nick or scratch yourself when cutting them.
As I previously said I grow all different types of things and find that when I plant my seeds in these trays that they are best filled to nearly the top to allow you to give the seed enough room to grow and establish itself before it needs to be either potted on or moved in the garden. Once the seed trays are full they do become quite heavy and also as they are quite large, it is best to slide your hand underneath them to move them around rather that picking them up as you would a tray, as they tend to either fold in on themselves or out and then you can end up dropping them and wasting all the hard work you did putting the seeds in in the first place.
Once my seeds have reached the stage where they need potting on I find that they are very easy to remove, I just push up on the underneath of the individual seed pot and life the plant out or sometimes I use a lollipop stick, gently pushed down the side to lift the seedling from the bottom, making sure I do not damage them. Now that most of my seeds have been potted on and are growing well in the garden, I have washed two of the seeds trays just using water and they are ready to use next year. They washed quite well, as I was careful not to damage them, but they are a little thin so it is best to not be heavy handed if you want to re-use them.
Overall I would recommend these seeds trays to others are they are cheap, do a good job and are easy to use and re-use.
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