Winter-Sowing

Your Winter-Sowing Updates

April 11, 2014
IMG_7747THE 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. Read more »

Your 2014 Winter-Sowing Project

January 25, 2014
IMG_8144HAVE YOU STARTED your winter-sowing project yet? My own plantings are under way, starting (but by no means ending) with the half dozen miniature “greenhouses” pictured above. What I’ve planted in these gallon-size milk and water jugs, along with a few helpful links to articles which explain the entire winter-sowing process: Read more »

How’d Your Winter-Sown Seeds Do?

August 25, 2013
IMG_2176NOW THAT SUMMER IS ALMOST OVER (waaah!), my inquiring mind wants to know: How'd your winter-sown seeds do? My report, followed (I hope!), by yours: Read more »

Transplanting Winter-Sown Seedlings

March 27, 2013
Transplanting Winter-Sown Perennials (Updated & Bumped)Originally published April, 2011. GOT MILK-JUGS? I certainly do! Twenty-four of them, all filled with annuals and perennials achieved from last January's winter-sowing efforts. It's time to give some of these naturally hardened-off seedlings permanent positions in the open garden. Here are three techniques I use for separating and transplanting the youngsters, along with a tip for releasing them from their milk-jug greenhouse all in one clump: Read more »

Your March Winter-Sowing Update

March 24, 2013
IMG_6057THIS WEEK, reader Sheila sent me the following note: Hi Kevin, I tried winter-sowing this year after reading all of your inspiring articles. So far, I have 21 gallon containers that have sprouted. I am SOOO excited! Well, Sheila, your words are music to my ears! Who else has winter-sowing news to report? Read more »

Perennials Which Require Cold Stratification

February 15, 2013
IMG_0647SPRING IS COMING, FOLKS! Consequently, if you haven't winter-sown your flowering perennials yet, you really need to get hopping. For certain seeds (like the cranesbill geranium 'Rozanne,' above) require alternating freezes and thaws, or "stratification" in order to germinate well. Here is a list of common perennials which need this yin and yang treatment: Read more »

How’s Your Winter-Sowing Coming Along?

January 19, 2013
IMG_4236HAVE YOU STARTED your winter-sowing project yet? My own plantings are well under way, starting (but by no means ending) with the 12 miniature "greenhouses" pictured above. What I've planted in these gallon-size milk and water jugs, along with a few helpful links to articles which explain the entire winter-sowing process: Read more »