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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Dec 30, 2014 8:37 AM CST
Got my first wave of winter sown seeds started today. I use egg cartons which are perfect since they fold over making a mini greenhouse of sorts! Here is what I've sown:

Candy Cane Sorrel
Clematis hirsutissima
Clematis - Misc.
Clematis stans
Clematis Wakamurasaki
Passion Flower - Cotton Leaf
Passion Flower - Banana
Passion Flower - Woodland

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"Don't judge your day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 30, 2014 9:04 AM CST
This weekend I will start getting my containers ready for planting, milk jugs for me.

I won't sow them until mid January most likely.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Dec 30, 2014 9:21 AM CST
I usually start my regular seeds on a heating mat indoors around the last week of January starting with the slowest germinators first .. Here's my tentative list:

Abutilon vitifolium
Lessertia frutescens
Caesalpinia gilliesii
Erythrina crista-galli
Scorpirius muricatus
Cuphea lanceolata
Mansoa alliacea
Geranium pratense
Hibiscus moscheutos - Chablis
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis - Cherry Appaloosa X Sun Showers
Hibiscus aculeatus
Hibiscus moscheutos - Luna Pink Swirl
Hibiscus cannabinus
Gossypium herbaceum
Hibiscus moscheutos - Luna Pink Swirl X Midnight Marvel
Hibiscus moscheutos - Pinot Noir
Hibiscus moscheutos - White w/Red Center
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis - Sun Showers X White Magic
Thysanocarpus curvipes
Eustoma grandiflorum - Sapphire Rim
Eustoma grandiflorum - Double Yellow
Alonsoa unilabiata
Ipomoea barbatisepala
Evolvulus arizonicus
Ipomoea nil - Fujishibori J X Q751 K
Ipomoea cardiophylla
Ipomoea hederacea
jacquemontia pringlei
Ipomoea mauritiana
Ipomoea cairica
Ipomoea palmata
Ipomoea nil - Platycodon Blue X Fujishibori - F2
Ipomoea nil - Rose Silk X Fujishibori - F3
Ipomoea amnicola
Ipomoea nil - Navy Blue Silk (keeping my fingers crossed this breeds true - If it does, I'm on my way to creating a new "Silk"!)
Polymeria ambigua
Iochroma australe
Cucumis melo var. dudaim
Kosteletzkya virginica
Campsis grandiflora

After I get these guys going I'll start my oldest seeds to get fresh.
"Don't judge your day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Dec 30, 2014 9:25 AM CST
Forgot to ask, what seeds are you starting Jennifer?
"Don't judge your day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 30, 2014 9:59 AM CST
Anne, I'm so jealous! I cannot start seeds indoors. I simply do not have the window space and my husband won't let me do a light set up (he's great about so much of my gardening stuff that I don't hold it against him Hilarious! ). It would be my DREAM to turn our den into a solarium. But that is not going to happen. Some day I will have a green house. But not for a very long time.

As of right now I'm not even sure what I will be starting. For sure I will do some different agastaches. And lots of Electric Blue Penstemon. I have to go through my old seeds. I haven't exactly purchased any new seeds yet as I am waiting for my mom to visit and we will purchase a bunch together. Plus she has billions of seeds coming from the cubits Piggy Seed Swap. I'm sure she will share some of those with me too.

I MUST try to restrain myself. First of all I am out of space for planting! I have plans for a new big bed. Actually two years over due! But 2015 should really be the year!
Most of all I have to restrain myself so I don't stress myself out with 5 million seedlings! Some may recall that two years ago I tried winter sowing for the first time. I had over 150 containers! And almost everything grew. I was horribly overwhelmed and had a very stressful summer. Last year I did not winter sow anything! But I did some late spring sowing.

I should have a clear idea of what I will be sowing by the weekend.
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Dec 30, 2014 10:07 AM CST
Lol .. I have the 'just can't say no' terminal seed virus. My first foray into winter sowing was like yours .. I was so skeptical I over planted and everything sprouted and then some and I was overwhelmed .. needless to say everyone in the neighborhood had Sweet Cream Marigolds that year along with a lot of other annuals.

I just start mine in a south facing window on heating pads - once they germinate and get their first set of true leaves I wean them off the heat and they go into the greenhouse.

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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 30, 2014 10:18 AM CST
Xeramtheum said:Lol .. I have the 'just can't say no' terminal seed virus.


Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Dec 30, 2014 11:47 AM CST
Interesting that the egg carton has a transparent plastic top. Everything around here is in either styrofoam or paper (I try to buy the paper ones).
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Dec 30, 2014 12:13 PM CST
They are specialized cartons for organic eggs. When I'm not using them for winter sowing I cut the flat top off and use it as a drip tray. I'm sure the flat top is just there so you can stack them.

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"Don't judge your day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Dec 30, 2014 12:33 PM CST
You're all ahead of me. I haven't done anything, including ordering seeds. In fact, I haven't taken inventory of the seeds that I have on hand, or even bought soil yet. Hoping to go buy the soil this week.

I had pneumonia for 2 weeks before Christmas and I'm just so behind on everything now. Thumbs down

Karen
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 30, 2014 12:42 PM CST
I remembered how hard it was to find ProMix in the middle of winter that first year. So this fall I made sure I stocked up on a bunch. I scored some sweet deals on broken bales! The Miracle Grow Moisture control I like to use under the ProMix might be a different story.

In reality Karen you aren't too behind. Missing a few weeks of winter sowing won't put you too far back. But I hope you are feeling better. Don't over do it!
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Dec 30, 2014 1:21 PM CST
I order my bales of ProMix from Ace Hardware. I blend my ProMix 50 50 with Lowes Evergreen Top Soil (though how they can call it top soil is beyond me).

Karen I agree with Jennifer .. in your zone you wouldn't be far behind until the end of January. Hope you're feeling better too! Nothing worse than being sick in winter. Pneumonia in winter with the dry air in the house is truly awful.
"Don't judge your day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant."

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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
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kqcrna
Dec 30, 2014 1:50 PM CST
Oh, I know that. (Think back, I coached you through your first wintersowing!). But I usually start my begonias inside under lights in January, and I don't even know if I have seeds.

Now that I'm finally feeling a little better, my husband has the week off from work, so I'm pretty much just blowing off the week, too. Hilarious!

Karen
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Dec 30, 2014 2:09 PM CST
Karen, rest until you are well. Group hug Group hug
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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
Dec 30, 2014 2:10 PM CST
kqcrna said: (Think back, I coached you through your first wintersowing!).


More like enabled me! Rolling on the floor laughing
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
Dec 30, 2014 2:31 PM CST
Hilarious! I can't remember , but weren't we both on ATP AND GardenWeb at the time? I seem to remember following your escapades at both sites. Hilarious! And laughing my butt off Hilarious!

Karen
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
Dec 30, 2014 2:45 PM CST
Oh yeah, GardenWeb. I forgot all about that. It was that darn competition that really got me going. I wanted to win the zone war!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Dec 30, 2014 2:54 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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
Dec 30, 2014 3:06 PM CST
Well, we old timers loved seeing newbies thru the "shock and awe" when all those seeds sprout. Smiling

I've been wintersowing since 2006, plus I start a few things inside every year. My yard is pretty full. I sow much, much less than I used to.

Karen
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Dec 30, 2014 6:08 PM CST
Anne I love the egg cartons, wish they had them in my area.
Hoping along with you that your Ipomoea nil - Navy Blue Silk comes true, looking forward to seeing this one.
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