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Time to Winter Sow Your Seeds

By valleylynn
January 13, 2012

Have you tried winter sowing vegetable and ornamental plant seeds? If not, give it a try this winter. Many seeds, including tomato seeds and your favorite perennial seeds, do unbelievably well using this method.

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orbaughb
Jan 17, 2017 9:21 AM CST
So if I understand correctly, you do not water while they are overwintering? What seed do you think would NOT work well with this method?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 17, 2017 10:15 AM CST
Hi orbaughb,

I have never had to water them. But we get quite a bit of rain in the winter and spring here in the PNW. If you haven't had rain once the seeds germinate you can open the lid and check the soil. If you have to water just use a garden nozzle that will put out a spray, water with the lids closed, so you don't disturb the seedlings/seed.
I do wet the soil when I plant the seed.
If the weather has warmed and I am not ready to plant them out, I cut the top off. They are usually only without the top for a week. At that time I may have to water them if there is no rain.
The tops can also be used like mini green houses to cover the newly planted seedlings if there is threat of frost. It also protects the young seedlings from deer, squirrels and other pests until they get going.
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 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
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valleylynn
Jan 17, 2017 10:17 AM CST
Oops, here is a link to list of seeds that do well with winter sowing. http://wintersown.org/Seed_Lis...
If the seed you want to grow in not shown in the lists, just give them a try with the WS method. Smiling
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 28, 2017 7:23 PM CST
Thanks, Lynn, for reviving this thread. What are you wintersowing this season? I am just getting out my huge seedbox and making some plans.
I have 'Grape Expectations' for making progress in the gardens....
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 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
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valleylynn
Jan 28, 2017 10:02 PM CST
Hi Evelyn.

Isn't this a wonderful time of the year. So much promise in those tiny seeds.

I will be sowing Bulldog Collards, Italian Parsley, Dill, tomatoes and Armenian cucumbers. Not very much this year.

What are you wintersowing?
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jan 28, 2017 10:13 PM CST
This year it is Rock garden plants which I am doing as WS.
Gentians, Lithosperma, Omphalodes, Lewisias.
Those are what I can remember----they are all outside.
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 4, 2017 6:18 PM CST
I will be doing a number of annuals, perennials and veggies. I will start with the ones that need cold weather first. I'll report back later, as I am going through my seed box now. I have so many old seeds and a few new ones.
I have 'Grape Expectations' for making progress in the gardens....
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 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level
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valleylynn
Feb 4, 2017 10:54 PM CST
I hope you have time to take photos of your progress. I have a few seeds ready to plant now.

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