THE PERENNIALS AND HARDY ANNUALS I planted in milk-jug greenhouses last winter have finally sprouted — and how! Probably I could furnish my entire neighborhood — if not my whole county — with lettuce, spinach, Bachelor Buttons, and more. Did you winter-sow, too? Let me know how this outdoor method of seed-germination is (thus far) working out for you.
As of April 11, 2014, the following seeds have germinated for me:
Lettuce ‘Black Seeded Simpson’ and others
Bachelor Buttons ‘Blue Boy’
Swiss chard ‘Bright Lights’
Russell Hybrid Lupines
Spinach ‘Bloomsdale Longstanding’
Snap Dragons – tall, mixed
A tip: To water winter-sown (or spring-sown) seedlings, just set them in a large pail of water. Roots of plants will absorb moisture through the drainage holes in the bottom of the containers. Bottom-watering won’t pummel or smash young seedlings the way top-watering usually does. (Picture above is from last year; I haven’t had to water my 2014 seedlings yet.)
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