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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Nov 6, 2012 11:34 AM CST
Here's the great article for wintersowing done a while back. Maybe we should "sticky" it in the Seeds Forum?
http://garden.org/ideas/view/valleylynn/223/Time-to-winter-s...
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springcolor
Nov 6, 2012 1:42 PM CST
I agree I'm going to give this a try this year.
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Onewish1
Nov 6, 2012 3:50 PM CST
awesome!!!
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Nov 6, 2012 4:08 PM CST
Allison (moderator),
Could you "Sticky" this thread so we have quick access to the article? It took me a while to search for it, not realizing the article had wintersowing spelled with two words rather than one.
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Onewish1
Nov 6, 2012 4:26 PM CST
sticky wicky!!!
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Nov 6, 2012 5:20 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Your the BEST!!
Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Nov 6, 2012 7:36 PM CST
I do what I can I tip my hat to you.
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Coppice
Nov 16, 2012 3:34 PM CST
I've had pretty good luck with tomatoes. Less so, with peppers and eggplants...

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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Nov 18, 2012 6:45 AM CST
I wintersow a few tomatoes every year, but that's the only veggie I do. One thing to remember with wintersowing veggies, many are very dependent on temperature for germination. Tomatoes seem to sprout well in their jugs or cups with a not-too-hot temp. Peppers need a lot more warmth, I think. My guess is peppers would do much better, and sprout earlier, in warmer climates.

Spring time here in my zone 6 tends to be rather cool, cloudy, and rainy. That's not the most conducive to sprouting.

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Name: Dora
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dorab
Nov 19, 2012 3:03 PM CST
I use it mostly for perennial seeds that require cold treatment for sprouting. My greatest problem in seed starting is letting the plant establish itself before transplanting - I tend to be a bit impatient. But when they're in the jugs, I tend to let them be until they are fairly large, so there is a better success rate.

I just placed an order with Gardens North Whistling Don't know where I'm going to put everything if it all sprouts.
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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Nov 19, 2012 3:19 PM CST
I'm going to ws phacelia, rudbeckias and lavatera for sure.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 24, 2012 7:31 AM CST
Which phacelia are you seeding?
Phacelia campanula (Californai Bluebells) and phacelia tanecetifolia (mauve flowers on lacy foliage)
are good as direct sow also.
I have only a few seeds of other phacelia which i will do as WS.

I would like to get seeds for the large flowered variety of the campanula one, but so far have not found any.
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Joannabanana
Nov 24, 2012 8:14 AM CST
I was planning to do the California Bluebells. I really like the blue colour
Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Mar 3, 2013 2:17 PM CST
Is the Large clear Spring Mix salad containers deep enough to use for wintersowing?
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Mar 3, 2013 4:02 PM CST
You should shoot for 3" of soil depth. Those salad containers will suffice, but then there's no head room left for seedlings.

I've used them, then always regret it. Taller containers like milk jugs or two liters just work out much better for me.

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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Mar 6, 2013 2:49 PM CST
I agree. The height of the milkjug is what creates the mini-greenhouse effect. Also, once they sprout, they will need the space for the plants to grow up.

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bluepoppy
Mar 16, 2013 8:36 AM CST
How would poppies do in winter sowing...I have alot of seeds and can't get them to start in the garden.
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chelle
Mar 16, 2013 9:41 AM CST
I've had the best results with winter sowing. I think the only poppies I've started direct in the garden that are an exception are the gold California poppies.
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Mar 16, 2013 3:18 PM CST
Wintersown poppies did well for me. Poppies like the cold. Where do you live, bluepoppy?

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Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Mar 16, 2013 7:38 PM CST
I have a few I want to try too.

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