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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 26, 2015 10:01 AM CST
Is anyone getting ready to winter sow? I've been holding off because it has been too warm. But temps are going back down next week.

I'm waiting for my large order from Seedaholic to arrive. It will likely be here some time next week. I have most of my other seeds. In the coming days I'll be prepping my jugs/bins. So far I have about 40 things I'm going to sow. BUT the plan this year is to sow only a few seeds of each!! Rolling on the floor laughing

I'm already asking hubby where I can take out the next section of grass!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Dec 26, 2015 5:30 PM CST
I have a box of sowings out already.
Mostly rock garden and perennials.

A few seeds of each? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 26, 2015 5:42 PM CST
I really really want to get pulsatilla to grow this year. I'll sow all I get of that one.
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Dec 26, 2015 9:43 PM CST
Coneflowers
Delphinium
Penstemon
Hemerocallis
Hackberry
Spicbush
Milkweeds
Snapdragons

Tress many really

I would like colder weather myself ) for sowing ,
Just remember the pot of grass for Butterflies and Larvae , Whistling
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
Highlands Ranch, Colorado (Zone 5b)
Colorado Zone 5
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Littlecheryl
Dec 29, 2015 12:44 AM CST
Looks like I was winter sowing and didn't know it!! I was experimenting with my containers and have a small jug over my arugula and it's still hanging in there from me starting it in September
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Picture is from December 21st.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Dec 30, 2015 1:30 PM CST
I'm up in the air. We're planning to do a fair amount of traveling so I'm not sure how much seed growing I'll do this year, either indoors or wintersown. That's also why I didn't join in on the seed swaps.

Karen
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
Jan 1, 2016 3:22 AM CST
I just got some grow lights for Christmas, so I'll be sowing daylily seeds indoors; but, I might get 1-2 more grow lights and start growing some of my veggies or other flowers (petunias, etc) indoors, too.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jan 2, 2016 2:39 PM CST
I prepped 22 jugs and five bins today. Tomorrow I sow! I have 36 different things I will start. I also sorted all the seeds I have so far and made a schedule for sowing them.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jan 3, 2016 5:53 PM CST
Most winter sowing done. I'll do a few more things. And I'll do some sowing outside in April. That worked good for me. I was proud of myself. I used restraint on how much I sowed!

Achillea ptarmica Noblessa Yarrow
Achillea sibirica var camtschatica Love Parade
Agastache hybrida Arizona Sunset
Agastache hybrida Kudos Mandarin
Agastache mexicana Sangria
Agastache rupestris Apache Sunset
Allium schubertii
Anchusa capensis Blue Angel
Arabis caucasica Snowfix
Arenaria montana Mountain Sandwort
Astilbe x arendsii Astary Mix
Aubrieta x cultorum Cascade Red Rock Cress
Bellis perennis Double Mix Colors
Bellis perennis Habanera Mix English Daisy
Bellis perennis Pomponette Mix
Bellis perennis Super Enorma
Bellis perennis Tasso Mix
Bellis perennis Tasso Strawberries & Cream
Delphinium elatum Magic Fountains Dark Blue White Bee
Delphinium elatum Magic Fountains Mid Blue White Bee
Delphinium elatum Magic Fountains Sky Blue White Bee collected seed 2 ea
Delphinium elatum Magic Fountains Sky Blue White Bee new seed
Dianthus deltoides Arctic Fire
Dianthus deltoides Flashing Light
Dianthus plumarius Ballad Blend
Erigeron karvinskianus 'Stallone' Santa Barbara Daisy
Geranium phaeum var phaeum Samobor
Geranium pratense Splish Splash/Striatum
Linum perenne Saphyr Blue Flax
Mirabilis jalapa Limelight Four o'clocks
Nigella papillosa Nigella Delft Blue
Saxifraga x arendsii Purple Robe
Solidago canadensis Golden Baby Goldenrod
Tanacetum coccineum Robinson's Red
Trapaeolum majus Alaska Mix nasturtium

I used my new label maker and have a label inside the jug and one outside.

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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 3, 2016 6:46 PM CST
Somehow "restraint" isn't a word that comes to mind when I think "Jennifer" and "wintersowing" ;-O

Karen
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
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jvdubb
Jan 3, 2016 6:55 PM CST
kqcrna said:Somehow "restraint" isn't a word that comes to mind when I think "Jennifer" and "wintersowing" ;-O

Karen


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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter
Echinacea Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder
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kqcrna
Jan 3, 2016 7:18 PM CST
I remember your first year!

Karen
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
Jan 3, 2016 8:20 PM CST
Nice list of plants!
You will have a great garden!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
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jvdubb
Jan 3, 2016 8:38 PM CST
CarolineScott said:Nice list of plants!
You will have a great garden!


Thank you! More than I can use. But I cannot help myself. Neighbors and friends benefit from my lack of self control!
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jan 4, 2016 11:38 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Wow Jennifer, nice list. Keep us posted.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
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CarolineScott
Jan 4, 2016 7:22 PM CST
It is nice to have extras to either sell or give away.
So few people start from seeds anymore.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Jan 5, 2016 8:26 AM CST
Hi All and Happy New Year! Happy Gardening in 2016!!!!

I, too, plan on wintersowing a bunch of flower seeds in milk jugs. I tried last year but only had a little luck due to my own fault. My question is what kind of soil should I use? I have a dirt mixture that I mixed up over the summer and wonder if it will work. It is made up of regular dirt, bagged garden soil, bagged top soil, cow manure, and rabbit manure. Do you think this would work in the milk jugs or should I just use potting soil or seed starter? I think I remember using seed starter before and the water wouldn't soak in very good. Also I have some Vermiculite. Should I add some of this to the soil? I also have a bag of potting soil and a bag of peat moss. Should I also add some of these?

Any suggestions on soil would be appreciated.
Yard decor, repurposing, and flowers,
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Jan 5, 2016 9:15 AM CST
I put layer of Miracle Grow Moisture control on the bottom and of the jug and Promix on top. I'm often very late in the season getting stuff moved out of jugs. I feel this way they have some fertilizer when the roots get to the bottom. I have no idea if my theory is true. But this is what works for me.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
Peonies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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CarolineScott
Jan 5, 2016 9:19 AM CST
I just use a commercial potting soil.
Good drainage is most important.
It does not need to be all that rich with manure etc.
as you will be transplanting the seedlings.

Seed starter mixes would make it too expensive for me.

I also use just moist vermiculite for WS and that works well.
The vermiculite is in small plastic containers instead of milk jugs.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter
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kqcrna
Jan 5, 2016 9:46 AM CST
Jeanne, you don't want SOIL you want a POTTING MIX. Potting mixes are made of components like peat, coir, perlite, and vermiculite and don't contain any soil. As Caroline said, good drainage is essential.

Karen

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