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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jan 8, 2013 7:42 PM CST
I've tried sweet peas for a few years, sowing in September .. I get about 9 blooms before they keel over from the heat and go yellow.
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Jan 8, 2013 8:18 PM CST
If you try some of these varieties, you may find they will bloom much sooner. Many varieties will bloom after the days are longer than 12 hours and by then, I guess you guys get really warm.

Very Early (daylight neutral): Winter Sunshine, Elegance, Lunar and Equinox. Mammoth (light fragrance) blooms fairly early too
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jan 8, 2013 8:43 PM CST
Lol .. i just gave away all my sweet pea seeds - not enough bang for the buck so to speak. Too many other plants that give you a good return on your efforts to keep trying ones that don't.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
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Roses_R_Red
Jan 9, 2013 9:48 AM CST
I always think that Sweet Peas are worth sowing. So many beautiful colors available. I have lots of winter sowing done already. Mostly seeds that would reseed themselves if they'd dropped from a plant in fall. The annuals, tender perennials and vines I will address much later. Such an easy way to propagate. The 5 shelves of lights that I've got going take lots of time and care and I need a plant sitter if I go away for any length of time.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 9, 2013 9:59 AM CST
I agree Teri. I think of it as seed starting for lazy people, like me. Green Grin! Once I start, I ignore the jugs until spring, and they don't get much attention then.

Indoor seedlings are a whole other ballgame.

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Jan 9, 2013 11:27 AM CST
My climate is really not suited for sweet peas .. in a few years I'll be moving to a zone 7 area and I'll give them another whirl.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 9, 2013 12:43 PM CST
There are lots of things that just don't tolerate hot humid weather well. A few that come to mind- pansies, sweet peas, and poppies. These are all things that have started out well for me but bolted as soon as the real heat and humidity started. And then, I don't want to be left with big holes to fill in the garden when heat is too bad to establish even heat tolerant plants in it's place.

Karen
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 10, 2013 6:54 AM CST
Has anyone started wintersowing yet? I haven't. I haven't even dug through my seeds to see what I have. I only planned to do a few perennials this winter, so I don't feel rushed.

It doesn't feel like wintersowing weather, either. Temps in the 60s for a few days. The 30s return by Monday.

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Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
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Roses_R_Red
Jan 10, 2013 7:13 AM CST
I've started winter sowing some perennials. The annuals and tender perennials go out later or under lights indoors. Some of the packets I split between the two types of sowing to find out which is better. So far I have delphinium magic fountain, verbascum southern charm, digitalis, campanula glomerata and delosperma cooperi in milk jugs outside.
Name: Peggy
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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hazeleyes
Jan 19, 2013 11:09 AM CST
I have about 67 sown so far,ran out of containers.
Im collecting more now and by the time its spring I hope to have every seed I have sown.
Im looking at over 500 containers Blinking
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Jan 19, 2013 11:30 AM CST
That is going to be a very "full" garden!
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
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Roses_R_Red
Jan 19, 2013 11:36 AM CST
Do you put mostly perennials and self sowing annuals out now, Hazel? What do you have out already?
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CarolineScott
Jan 20, 2013 8:46 AM CST
That is one humongous job, not only to start the jugs,--- but to do the
transplanting later. You will need to take some pictures as they grow
and show us your garden when they bloom! Please?
Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
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Roses_R_Red
Jan 20, 2013 8:54 AM CST
Actually, I only plant a few seeds in each jug to avoid transplanting to other pots before I put them in the ground. When the time comes, I just dig a divot in my garden, carefully cut the sides of the milk jug and then place the whole thing in the divot. I do the same thing with many of the plants under lights. Just a couple of seeds in a pot. This is where they grow and stay until they're ready to go outside. Only thing I need to do is raise the level of the lights. I've learned that if I plant lots of stuff in small cells, I have no where to put them when they need to be repotted.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jan 20, 2013 9:01 AM CST
Yes, that is a problem with small cells under lights and also hardening the plants.
Your method sounds good, and we each need to find what works for us.
500 jugs is still ambitious! I applaud your efforts!
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 20, 2013 9:45 AM CST
I can't even imagine transplanting all that!

I've also been know to plant whole jugs full of seedlings in one blob. I divide most into tiny hunks to transplant directly to the yard. Some survive, some get overtaken by larger plants and croak. It survival of the fittest.

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Name: Teri
Mount Bethel, PA
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Roses_R_Red
Jan 20, 2013 10:02 AM CST
It's Hazel who has 500 jugs. I'll have about 35 when I'm done.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Jan 20, 2013 10:17 AM CST
One year I did 69 jugs and many were like chia pets. I had a lot of happy neighbours since I ran out of space & time to transplant all of them. I think 25 would be my max and I don't sow as thick. I'm going to try some short season tomatoes this year
Name: Peggy
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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hazeleyes
Jan 20, 2013 1:27 PM CST
Roses_R_Red said:Do you put mostly perennials and self sowing annuals out now, Hazel? What do you have out already?


I have put out mostly prennials and then some annuals.
I have roses uhm lots of diffrent berry typs that need stratification,prennial flowers and tomatoes.Thats all I can think of now....

I just found a stash of containers I put away in the shop....
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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
Jan 20, 2013 2:02 PM CST
My friend grows veggies in an unheated cold frame to extend the season. This photo was her last harvest Dec 15, 2012. The days are too short after that. She plans to start-up again in Feb
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