Last updated on January 26th, 2014
HAVE 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:
I used to kick my African violets out of the fluorescent light gardens to make room for seed-starting indoors. Then I got wise, and started planting those seeds outdoors — most of them during the depths of winter. Not only did this come as a great relief to my African violets, but the winter-sowing procedure produced strong (not spindly) plants that required no “hardening off.” Now in my sixth year of winter-sowing, I wouldn’t dream of starting seeds any other way.
Planted on January 4:
Evening Primose (Oenothera speciosa)
Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Parsley ‘Italian Dark Green Flat’ (Petroselinum crispum)
Hyssop ‘True Hyssop’ (Hyssopus officinalis)
Trailing Soapwort (Saponaria ocymoides)
Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) ‘Bloomsdale’
Planted on January 19:
Lettuce ‘Black Seeded Simpson’ (Lactuca sativa)
Lettuce ‘Red Velvet’
Zebrina ‘Malva’ (Malva sylvestris zebrina)
Tomato ‘Gypsy’ (Lycopersicon lycopersicum)
Bachelor Button (Centaurea cyanus) ‘Jubilee Gem’
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus) ‘Flora Norton’
Blue Bachelor Buttons can do much to help the honey bees. I hope you’ll include this Centaurea cyanus in your own winter-sowing schedule.
Need proof that winter-sowing really works? Then by all means read Winter-Sowing 101.
Not sure how to turn a milk or water jug into a greenhouse? Read Making a Greenhouse & Sowing Seeds
Have questions about what to winter-sow, and when to plant the seeds? See What to Winter-Sow…& When.
And now, back to my original question: How’s your winter-sowing coming along? I hope you’ll drop me a line in the comments section below. Feel free to post questions there, too. I’m all ears.
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