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Name: Diane Morissette
Nine Mile Falls Washington (Zone 6b)
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DianeKM
Nov 17, 2017 9:59 PM CST
I just "won" a ton of seeds from the "not from the seed rack" seed swap, but now reality is setting in. What the heck am I going to do with all these seeds??? I plan to sow some to create seedlings using the plastic gallon milk-carton approach touted by the recent podcast, but there are not enough milk cartons in the world, so . . . how many types of seeds can I have pretty good success with simply by scuffing up the ground a bit and scattering the seed? I live in zone 5b and any advice would be absolutely coveted at this point!
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Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Christine
Nov 18, 2017 8:09 AM CST
There is a forum here on winter sowing, hopefully this will take you there
https://garden.org/forums/view...
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 18, 2017 9:16 AM CST
Under , tools and apps , there is a planting guide , tells ya what and when to plant most anything .

This time of year, you can sprinkle seeds on ground, and rack them in a little. You keep em moist, that's the not hard part. They'll come up. Just be patient, they'll probably take longer to sprout.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 19, 2017 8:10 AM CST
THANKS, for the TUMS-UP, LADIES !😀!
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Nov 19, 2017 12:41 PM CST
Be cautious of the planting guide. I have found it to be reliably optimistic, Even with global warming I would never think of planting warm weather crops before early June and the guide suggests early May for my zip code. I also checked for Seattle (an hour south of me) and was astounded that the planting guide claims Seattle is a frost-free zone, which is totally not true. Not sure where the info comes from, but in my neck of the woods it is not accurate. Find an old timer and heed his/her advice.
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Nov 19, 2017 12:55 PM CST
One other thing to bear in mind, since this is about winter sowing, is that you would need to prioritize seeds that actually need stratification before they will condescend to germinate. That means those that need to be chilled for a period of time so that they know they've experienced a winter and thus it is safe to germinate (this can be done in a fridge too). Any seeds that do not actually need chilling can wait until spring.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Nov 19, 2017 2:01 PM CST
One other thing about scattering the seeds; if they are not contained in the milk jugs or some other container, the furry woodland creatures could very well feast on the seeds and many may never have the chance to grow. Still, it's better to give it a shot because the seeds are not gonna grow if they are still in little baggies. I say, go for it!! Thumbs up
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Nov 19, 2017 7:48 PM CST
True , Deb. Ask an old timer. Or get a Sunset Western Gardening book, good info ! On planting times and more !
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