Winter-Sowing

Your 2016 Winter-Sowing Project

How's your 2016 winter-sowing project coming along? My own plantings are well under way, starting (but by no means ending) with the seven miniature “greenhouses” pictured above. What I’ve planted in these recycled milk and water jugs, along with links to articles that explain the entire winter-sowing process: Read more »

Perennials and Hardy Annuals I’ve Successfully Winter-Sowed

Happy day-after-Valentine's Day, everyone! The Hudson Valley looks and feels like Narnia right now, with snow, blowing snow, and wind-chill temperatures in the dangerous digits (-10°F to -20°F). Can you blame me for wanting to write about...flowers? Read more »

How to Transplant Winter-Sown Seedlings

Not sure how to transplant winter-sown seedlings? Worried the young plants will become root-bound in their milk-jug prisons? This post is for you! Read more »

Your Winter-Sowing Updates

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. Read more »

How’d Your Winter-Sown Seeds Do?

NOW 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

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

THIS 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 »