Team Seeds, or Plants?: Wintersowing changed my gardening life

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Team Seeds, or Plants?

By Trish
November 6, 2011

What kind of gardener are you: Team Seeds, or Team Plants?

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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
Nov 6, 2011 8:14 AM CST
I found the wintersowing forum on gardenweb in 2005 I think, and my gardening has never been the same since. When I found that I could save my own seeds, trade, get so many plants so easily, and essentialy for the price of potting mix, I was hooked. I'm cheap, no doubt about it. No expensive lights, no heat mats. Little effort on my part, and so rewarding. My garden became a constant work in progress. I grow hundreds and hundred of plants with so little effort, and I give away many more to friends than I can actually keep. If something doesn't perform in my yard, to the compost with it! I'll just grow some other seeds to replace it. I love seeing the whole circle of life- growing from seed, performing in the garden, and eventually composting and returning to the earth.

That said, I did invest in a few florescent lights and shelves for inside. There I mostly propagate coleus from cuttings over winter, and I do a few select seeds under lights in spring. My garden is pretty stuffed now, so I can't wintersow much anymore, but I will do a few milk jugs full of seeds. Winter and spring without wintersowing at all would be unthinkable.

But I realized this year that my garden was suffering from the seed starting mindset. I forced myself to spend a few dollars for great plants- something I was missing out on. I bought an echinacea Hot Papaya, Geranium Rozanne, Catmint Walkers' Low... a few others.

So I was a confirmed seed freak, but am slowly going through withdrawl and trying to find that happy medium between team seeds and team plants.

Karen

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Nov 6, 2011 4:35 PM CST
Karen you should write an article on Winter Seed Sowing. I know you helped me get started and I really appreciated the encouragement. Thumbs up
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Nov 7, 2011 11:38 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

I agree, Karen!
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
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
Nov 7, 2011 2:52 PM CST
I guess I could do that easily enough. If you do something often enough, it becomes second nature.

Karen
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 7, 2011 6:04 PM CST
You have everything it takes to write a very helpful article on winter sowing. After all, I'm one of the people that you talked through the process, all but held my hand. I just knew it couldn't be that easy. Two years now I've been doing it. Thumbs up
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 7, 2011 6:35 PM CST
Karen I want to learn! Write the article PLEEEEEEESE.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 7, 2011 6:58 PM CST
I agree Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
Tip Photographer Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ferns
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Gymgirl
Nov 8, 2011 9:43 AM CST
I agree I agree I agree I agree I agree I agree I agree I agree

It's about to be our winter Solstace on December 21st and this would be my first season WSing anything other than veggies. I truly want to WS seeds for my bedding plants for the spring, and I DEFINITELY need your help.

And, I've been eyeing some lovely deep, deep purple coleus against some lime green Margarita SPV! I love that color combination. And, remember, we have an entire BARE landscape to work with come springtime.

So. PLEASE write those articles. The ones you're going to break up into each phase of the WSing process. Probably a 5-series set...huh?

Ok.

Hugs!

Love Yah!

You know Who! ^ Smiling ^
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 8, 2011 9:54 AM CST
I really do need to know how to winter sow the tender plants like coleus. Hope that will be in one of the articles. Thumbs up
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
Tip Photographer Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ferns
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Gymgirl
Nov 8, 2011 10:16 AM CST
Valleylynn,
She's off pecking on her computer....she'll get with us after she finishes the first article...

Hugs!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 8, 2011 10:21 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! I can't wait to see it.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 8, 2011 11:33 AM CST
Me Too!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



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
Nov 8, 2011 5:21 PM CST
Gymgirl, you're a seasoned veteran now. You already know the drill.

And anybody who wants to learn about wintersowing, please come to the seed cubit and ask your questions. We'll be happy to help. I think it's really far easier to learn anything in a forum setting- with questions, answers, more questions, and more answers. A give and take conversation situation. That's far more conducive to learning than just reading a page of print.

Karen
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
Tip Photographer Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Ferns
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Gymgirl
Nov 8, 2011 11:12 PM CST
Nuh uh! I've only done veggies!!!

I need to know which flowers to sow. I know nothing about varieties of different flowers.

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