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Jan 13, 2012 5:55 AM CST
|Winter sowing gets a big from me! |
My first year to try it was last year, and out of perhaps 50 containers only two or three had no germination. I later found out that some of the seeds that didn't germinate should have been started indoors, in warm conditions. I certainly ended up with more than enough new and interesting plants!
Well done article, Lynn!
Newest Interest: Rock Gardens
Jan 13, 2012 8:03 AM CST
|I have started Golden groundsel, Green milkweed, Cone flower and Blackeyed susan, some are already sprouting.|
Very good and article with clear explanations, I like that. Thank you.
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
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Jan 13, 2012 9:14 AM CST
|Thank you Chelle and Josephine. Do either of you have some photos of your winter sow projects? I'd love to see them. |
I have my jugs ready to go for planting. Our winter has been very strange so far. Starting yesterday we are finally starting to get colder weather, so I think I can start mine the end of next week.
I'll be doing tomatoes, dill, not sure what flower seeds yet. I'll sow the pepper seeds and basil in March. We get killing frost until some time in May.
Jan 13, 2012 10:42 AM CST
|I haven't begun yet this year, as we still have plenty of winter to go; however, I do have some pictures from last year.|
The seedlings in the paper pots were started in re-purposed fruit/cookie/salad containers and needed to be pricked out first.
Shallow containers will work for frost hardy seedlings. You can get them out sooner. (The hanging plastic was to deter the neighbor's feral cats that kept digging in my seed trays!)
I used popsicle sticks for markers...just cut a tiny slit in the top of the handle and shove 'em in.
I kept my caps on to deter chipmunks and field mice.
Newest Interest: Rock Gardens
Jan 13, 2012 9:14 PM CST
|We don't have problems with field mice or chipmunks, so I just throw the cap away. |
I love what you did with the Popsicle sticks.
Jan 14, 2012 10:41 AM CST
|Excellent, clear article about this method of seed starting, which I first tried 3 years ago and absolutely am sold on. I agree with Chelle: a huge thumbs up from me. |
I'm getting ready to start a few things this year as well. This weekend will be spent trying to decide what to show in my 2-liter soda bottles. I don't usually need as many plants as I get in the milk jugs, so I'm confining mine to the soda bottles. I will add that I never was successful starting poppies from seeds or even keeping them alive after purchasing live plants until I used this method and I now have 2 healthy clumps of Papaver `Brilliant' which delight me each spring.
I presented a program on this method at our local gardening club last winter and have spread the news to neighbors who also love it once they try it.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace
Jan 14, 2012 11:20 AM CST
| Angie, how wonderful that you are teaching others how to winter sow. |
What other seeds have you used this method for germination?
Would love to see some photo of your winter sow beauties.
Jan 18, 2013 8:58 AM CST
|Excellent article! I don't start my winter sowing until March, since we get Chinooks which can cause early germination and then the quick temp drop kills them.|
Jan 18, 2013 9:16 AM CST
|When is your last frost date Joanne? Your winter conditions are much harsher than what we experience. Some winters we don't even get snow. |
I am thinking about trying sweet peas with this method.
Jan 18, 2013 9:25 AM CST
|Sweet Peas will probably do really well for you by ws. I would recommend at least 4" of soil mix, since you will sow pretty deep. Are you going to nick them 1st or just let the fluctuating temps/conditions breakdown the seed coat? You might want to choose an "early variety" since the days the days are short now|
Jan 18, 2013 9:43 AM CST
|I will let nature be the guide, and will try both an early and later variety, just to see what happens. Now hope I can find seed.|
Jan 18, 2013 9:45 AM CST
|Make sure you get one that has "fragrance" mentioned. There are quite a few varieties that have little to none for scent.|
Jan 18, 2013 9:46 AM CST
|This looks like an excellent place to source sweet peas. |
Jan 18, 2013 10:22 AM CST
|Great site, but is in England. I found one in the U.S. http://www.swallowtailgardense...|
Looks like a great source for other seeds also.
Jan 18, 2013 10:43 AM CST
|I think many top notch mail orders carry a variety of choices. I found a nice selection at a local garden centre. They are now receiving the 2013 seeds and haven't been picked over yet|
I'm going to try these this year and alternate the different varieties along the side wall of the house. I think it will look cool with different heights and flower colours inter-mixed
3 feet Knee High light fragrance, early bloomer
3-4 feet Cupani high fragrance Heirloom vibrant colour. small flowers with only 2 per stem
4-6 feet Early Spencer, little to no fragrance. Big Ruffle blooms
6 feet Scent Infusion (includes Albutt Blue, April in Paris, Cathy, Fire & Ice, Heathcliff, Juliet and Memories) Even though they are large grandiflora blooms, they are labeled as intense fragrance)
6 feet Statesman Mix (includes America & Senator Heirlooms) later bloom - highly fragrant with bi-colour streaks
6 - 10 feet Sweet Old Glory (includes Heirlooms Queen Alexandria, Dorthy Eckford and Lord Nelson) Strong Fragrance.
I will winter sow some of each and start indoors too.
Jan 18, 2013 11:33 AM CST
|I saw the Lord Nelson and really liked it. Also fell in love with the intense color of Henry Eckford. And I loved the delicate beauty of Painted Lady.|
Jan 18, 2013 3:41 PM CST
|There are many to choose from. I'm really excited to see how they will grow this year. Last year, I planted Mammoth and although the flowers were large and pretty, they had very little frangrance|
Jan 18, 2013 7:03 PM CST
|I want fragrance, and I'm going to plant them by my front door.|
Mar 25, 2015 4:29 PM CST
I found it I found it and I still have questions. But I can get started. Anything unusual about Spring Sowing?
Mar 25, 2015 7:21 PM CST
|I think @Joannabanana would be the one to answer your question Marilyn, if you are talking about sweet peas?|
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