Seeds forum: It's snowing, guess I'll be sowing

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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 11, 2011 7:43 AM CST

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We're to get 3-5" of snow today and, thankfully, I don't have to work. I've decided to be a lazy slug all day. I'm not going anywhere. I think I'll just play in dirt. I'm going to sow a small try of begonias for under lights, then maybe start wintersowing a few things. I'll make a pot of soup for dinner. I'm sure my husband will get home late today. Traffic will be awful by rush hour this afternoon.

I got a fresh bag of ProMix yesterday. I pay $14 for the 2.8 cu ft bag of ProMix BX at a local nursery. After potting up all my coleus cuttings last week, I was really low on potting mix.

When it snows, it really puts me in the wintersowing mood.

Karen
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
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Perennialgirl
Jan 11, 2011 10:05 AM CST
Karen lucky you that you can stay home today. I've been wanting to start some seeds to, but I have to organize them first.
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 11, 2011 12:10 PM CST

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Yes, I love working part time. Not enough time in my life for a full time career any more.

Organize seeds? You should see the mess of seeds I have. My life is a constant state of disorganization. I still haven't started on seeds today. Mostly messing around on the computer, watching it snow, talking to my husband and my girlfriend on the phone... I did sterilize some soil. Boy, my kitchen stinks!

Karen
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
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Perennialgirl
Jan 11, 2011 12:51 PM CST
Quit horsing around and get busy....lol! Why do you sterilize the soil if its ProMix?
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
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tcs1366
Jan 11, 2011 3:05 PM CST
Karen -- knowing we had snow on the way, i wanted to start last night. I found a bunch of jugs in the basement that i had been stock piling.... poked holes in the bottoms and cut them - preparing to get them filled.

here it is, 3pm and i have yet to start sowing. I have a few seeds already chosen for the first batch... just have not gotten to it yet. but -- no plans for the week - so there is time.

th snow has been light, off and on most the day... they have over guesstimated again... the weather liars were saying 3-6" -- we are on the low end, probalby approaching the 3" mark. the back patio maybe has another 1/3 to half inch... i shoveled 2 hrs ago.

Oh -- i actually came in to ask a question.... so while i'm here...

have you ever sown Canna seeds? I have some in my seed stash... never tried them before?
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

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 11, 2011 5:20 PM CST

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I've never tried cannas.

I never did start wintersowing. I did sow one tray under lights today (begonia). But I did get a lot of phone calls taken care of. And I made a big pot of soup for this snowy day. We've gotten about 3" of snow today. They say another inch or less overnight.

Donna, I sterilize soil for starting seeds indoors under lights. Some sources recommend that to prevent damp-off. I always do it and I never have damp-off, so I'm afraid not to do it.

Wintersowing certainly is easier. All that sterilizing soil and trays is a pain.

Karen
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Butterflies Cat Lover Bee Lover
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tcs1366
Jan 11, 2011 5:26 PM CST
on DG i did find a little bit where someone posted they sowed seeds in Feb and germinated in March at in 6 i think ...and bloomed in Aug.

so i'll give it a try.

The "guys" are going out for pizza - so i'm gonna do a few jugs while they are out.

that's why i've been poking thru the seed basket --

found some Delph's i'm gonna do too.

gotta run and get the soil... they are heading out the door.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Butterflies Cat Lover Bee Lover
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tcs1366
Jan 11, 2011 7:31 PM CST
here's my first 8 gallon jugs

Lemon Balm - melissa officinalis
Penstemon strictus
Penstemon cobaea
NE Aster Alma Potschke
NoID delphinium [seeds i grabbed off spent plants in wisc.]
delphinium elatum "guardian blue"
DIANTHUS deltoides Arctic Fire
Penstemon mexicali "red rocks"
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
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Perennialgirl
Jan 11, 2011 8:04 PM CST
Terese looks like you've sowed some nice goodies! Do you use the Lemon Balm for tea or for a repellent?
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Butterflies Cat Lover Bee Lover
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tcs1366
Jan 11, 2011 8:10 PM CST
this is my first time sowing it.... the tea sounds good.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Butterflies Cat Lover Bee Lover
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tcs1366
Jan 12, 2011 7:24 PM CST
Karen,

have you started yet?

I've got 21 jugs under my belt already....

Seed
Lemon balm, melissa officinalis
Penstemon strictus
Penstemon Cobaea
NE Aster Alma Potschke
Delphenium - NoID
Delphenium elatum
Dianthus Arctic Fire
Penstemon Red Rocks
Agastache Surprise
Rudbechia Mix
Canna [red] [generalis]
Agastache Apricot Sprite
Agastacge rugosa
Agastache Lavender Haze
Agastache Mystery Blue
Agastache Honey Bee White
Agastache Tutti Fruiti
Agastache Golden Jubilee
False Indigo
English Lavender
Echinacea, Tomato Soup
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

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 12, 2011 8:22 PM CST

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No, I didn't start. I only did 1 tray of begonias for inside.

I can't even decide what I want to sow this year.

Karen
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Butterflies Cat Lover Bee Lover
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tcs1366
Jan 12, 2011 8:28 PM CST
there is so much i want to sow... i honestly have no idea where i'm going to put it all.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

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 12, 2011 8:32 PM CST

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My goal again this year is to cut down on what I stuff into those beds. I want to thin it out, make maintenance easier.

I made a little progress last year, but not enough.

Karen
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 16, 2011 5:43 PM CST

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I STILL haven't started wintersowing.

But today I did spend a long time picking through my seed stash. I pulled out some I want to do this year. I think I'm only doing begonia and impatiens inside under lights. A few I'll just direct sow, like basil and beets (I bought a pack of seeds for golden beets, highly recommended by a friend). And I have a list of about 15 to wintersow.

That might be it for this year, though I might add more later. Plus, of course, lots of coleus from cuttings.

Karen
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Butterflies Cat Lover Bee Lover
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tcs1366
Jan 16, 2011 7:33 PM CST
Karen -- picking thru the stash is the first step....
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

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 16, 2011 8:10 PM CST

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And tonight I started slicing up milk jugs. I only got 6 or 8 done, then my son called, so I stopped. But eventually I'll get started Rolling my eyes.
And I got a fresh bag of ProMix a couple of days ago, so only have to actually sow the seeds now.

Karen
Name: Emily
Mid-Cape Cod, MA. zone 7a
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CapeCodGardener
Jan 17, 2011 9:34 AM CST
Just caught this thread--Karen, do you ever WS pelargonia? I notice that you said you will be sowing other "tenders" like begonia and impatiens under lights.
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 17, 2011 10:45 AM CST

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No, I never have tried them from seed. They're so common at garden centers, cheap and readily available. Last fall I started some from cuttings and overwintered them under lights. They were really easy and did great, but I just can't afford the space under lights. I'll just buy a few if I want them.

I'm far more likely to grow things from seed that I can't easily find locally. Or hardy perennials which are so much cheaper from seed Smiling

I say I'm frugal, my husband says I'm cheap.

Karen
Name: Terese
Central Florida, zone9b (Zone 9b)
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Butterflies Cat Lover Bee Lover
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tcs1366
Jan 17, 2011 10:48 AM CST
Karen -- funny how that is such a fine line... I'm frugal too. but i wouldn't call myself cheap.
Terese --Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi

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