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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
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Joannabanana
Feb 4, 2010 5:17 PM CST
Here is the wintersowing forum.
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
Feb 5, 2010 3:19 PM CST
Joanne, thank you for starting a Winter Sow Forum. I am new to WS this year. I have 20 milk jugs sown so far and am very excited about seeing how it does for me. Will definitely be keeping a watch on your site.
Lynn
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 5, 2010 3:33 PM CST
I think you will really enjoy wintersowing. I will try to add some pictures and such ASAP. 20 is a big start, but the best thing about ws is it is low maintenance. I hope that you post your progress. It's really exciting when all the jugs turn into chia pets.
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
Feb 5, 2010 4:10 PM CST
I am looking forward to the green showing? : )
I sowed sparingly as I don't need alot of each kind.
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
Feb 9, 2010 7:01 AM CST
I've had to cut way back on WSing this year, only 10 jugs so far. After 4 years of WSing my garden is way too full already. My goal this year is less plants in the same space. Maintenence just become too much work.

Glad to see there is a WSing forum though.

Karen
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 9, 2010 7:48 AM CST
Hi kqcrna,

I know what you mean about ending up with too many plants. The 1st year I did 65 jugs and last year I did 35 and I still had a lot to give-a-way. This year, I think I will do about 15 jugs.

I started another thread (by the way, please do not be shy and start some threads) called "Show us your Jugs", a catchy little title I read elsewhere and thought it was funny.
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
Feb 9, 2010 11:51 AM CST
I did get a chuckle out of that when I read it. : )
Name: Donna
Running Springs, CA
Zone 7
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mtngirl
Feb 9, 2010 9:41 PM CST
Thank you so much for starting "Winter Sowing." This is my second year and I'm hooked. It's nice to have a support group!
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 10, 2010 8:48 AM CST
Mtngirl,

What are you planning for ws this year? Do you start now? I usually start in March and once I use up the jugs that I collected, then I do them as the jug become available. I do some of the more tender annuals and such late March and April. We can get a real cold snap that is hard on them is they go thru weeks of nice weather. -20ºC, which is -4ºF is not normal, but can happen in March or April. The Chinooks really fluctuate the temps a lot.
Name: Donna
Running Springs, CA
Zone 7
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mtngirl
Feb 10, 2010 12:24 PM CST
I started last week, just before a snow storm and then more snow yesterday. I planted the hardier flowers and some herbs. I also planted some hardy veggies (broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, brussels sprouts). I didn't try any veggies last year, and I have high hopes that it works. Last year, I started so many things inside under lights, and I would like to scale down the inside starts.

I think I will even try to WS some tomatoes when it gets closer to spring. Of course, I am planting backup seeds inside too. I always plant at least three of most things because we can often have late snow that can ruin my tender sprouts. Our rule here is to wait for Mother's Day to plant anything out, but we get impatient and it sometimes bites us.

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Name: Emily
Mid-Cape Cod, MA. zone 7a
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CapeCodGardener
Feb 15, 2010 2:36 PM CST
mtngirl said:
I think I will even try to WS some tomatoes when it gets closer to spring. Of course, I am planting backup seeds inside too. .

Mtggirl, two years ago I WS some tomatoes later in the Spring and also planted several different tom varieties under lights. In my inexperience with gardening on Cape Cod, I set my UL tom seedlings out too soon--mid-May--and they got wind burned in a cold snap and never recovered. Meanwhile, my stubby but hardy WS tom seedlings came to the rescue and I ended up with a fine crop after all!
Not saying that planting tomato seeds under lights is a bad idea, but since then, I've always WS a few of my favorite varieties as "insurance."


Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 15, 2010 2:39 PM CST
I might try to ws a few early varieties. Our growing season is quite short, but for an early one, they might do fine
Name: Emily
Mid-Cape Cod, MA. zone 7a
Charter ATP Member
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CapeCodGardener
Feb 15, 2010 3:19 PM CST
Joanna, I for one will be interested in hearing how this works for you.
Here's a webpage from the wintersown.org website which lists tomato varieties that have been successfully wintersown.
http://www.wintersown.org/wseo1/Tomato_Leaf_Scans.html
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 15, 2010 3:28 PM CST
Thanks Emily,

I have included that link on the right panel of this cubit under Helpful Web Links
Name: Mike Quinn
Danielsville, Ga.
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Charter ATP Member
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mqiq77
Feb 18, 2010 7:04 PM CST
WOW!! Where has this been all my life. I have heard of WS, but didn't have a clue. I am now a new WS "Jugger"..Mike
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 18, 2010 7:08 PM CST
Welcome Mike,

Don't forget to join the cubit so you have a quick link to get back here. Check out some more info/pictures in the other thread of Let's See Your Jugs
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
Feb 18, 2010 7:08 PM CST
Joanne, I am so excited, my very first Winter Sow babies have come up. Sown Jan. 17th, nothing this morning, this afternoon Marion tomato and Green Grape tomato have given birth. Just a couple each at this point. I am jumping up and down with excitement.
: )
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 18, 2010 7:12 PM CST
That IS exciting! Those tomatoes will probably have more fruit than GH grown ones. I read somewhere that tomatoes will produce more flowers/fruit if the temperature is about 13ºC (55ºF) after the 2nd set of leaves are formed.
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
Feb 18, 2010 7:16 PM CST
I am doing the proud/happy gardener dance. Probably a good thing you can't see me, I don't dance very well. : )
I keep wanting to go out and see if more have come up. Hope I don't give myself a heart attach. I can't believe how exciting WSing is. I am so thankful I found out about WS. I have perennials planted to. Nothing on them yet. I will probably drive you crazy with my updating and excitement. : )
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
Feb 19, 2010 6:26 AM CST
Zone envy here. It' 16° here and my jugs are buried under a foot of snow.

Karen

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