HOW ARE YOUR WINTER-SOWN SEEDS DOING? Seen any sprouts yet? You can let me know by leaving a comment. Meanwhile, here are three things we can do for our winter-sown darlings now that spring — and warmer weather — has arrived:
Give them Fresh Air. On pleasantly warm days (above 60 degrees), open the hinged top of the milk jug containers, and let the seedlings revel in the fresh, open air. The open top will benefit un-sprouted seeds, too. Remember that sunlight is stronger in spring than in winter, and as a consequence, seeds can bake to death in a closed atmosphere. Replace the tops at dusk.
Provide Water. If soil appears dry, provide water. Be sure to water thoroughly but gently, so as not to disturb tender root systems. A watering can with a sprinkling device will suffice. Otherwise, provide water from the bottom, by setting each jug in a large bowl of water. Moisture will be absorbed through the drainage holes.
Remember to Fertilize. Unless your seedlings are growing in a potting mixture which already contains food (“Miracle-Gro” is one such mix), fertilize the seedlings. I wait until my seedlings are about an inch tall before providing food. Then I feed them with a 1/4 tsp all-purpose food, dissolved in a gallon of water.
Here’s what’s sprouted for me so far: Forget-Me-Nots, French Tarragon, Spinach, Romaine lettuce, Blue Flax, Foxglove, Lupine and Bachelor Buttons. Among my not-yet-sprouted seeds are Primula japonica, Sweet Pea and delphinium. These will probably wait until mid-April to make their appearance.
And speaking of delphinium, this beautiful perennial has made a fool out of me every year that I’ve winter-sowed it. I’m fairly certain the seeds must be planted in late-summer or early autumn, when they are still fresh.
I look forward to hearing about your winter-sowing updates. Which seeds have sprouted for you so far?
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