Last updated on February 19th, 2017
This week, I received the following winter-sowing question from reader Patti:
“Hi Kevin – new to gardening and just discovered your winter-sowing method. I haven’t seen in the comments or your articles any general instruction on how many seeds to plant per milk jug . . . do you have a general rule of thumb to apply according to seed size, flower seed, vegetable seed, etc? Thanks for the great site and voice of experience!”
And here are my thoughts on the number of seeds to plant per gallon-size container:
Tiny, dust-like seeds (Nicotiana, Alyssum, Creeping Thyme, etc.). I sow these as thinly as I can, which means not “thinly” at all. No worries! When the crowded seedlings emerge in spring, I simply cut them up with a knife as described in this post, and then plant them out in the open garden.
Now, the above seed-count guide is just that — a guide. You might like to plant a dozen tomato seeds instead of my recommended six per gallon-size per container. In any event, you can always cut through tangled roots at transplanting time. Winter-sown seedlings are tough little animals!
New to winter-sowing? Be sure to read these articles:
In the comments field below, let me know how your 2017 winter-sowing project is coming along. If you live in a mild zone, seeds are probably already germinating for you. Meanwhile, my own containers are buried beneath a mountain of snow!
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