Ongoing Winter Sowing

March 18, 2008

This past weekend, I finally dug my storage containers of winter sown seeds out from under all the snow and did an official tally of all the containers. I had been keeping pretty spotty records since starting in February and wanted to know what I had sown and when. Also, I had been inspired by someone in Zone 6 posting about how their dianthus seeds had already germinated and I was eager to see what was happening in mine. Nothing, of course.

Here’s my four storage containers and one 15-gallon water bottle re-arranged on my back deck. I’ve piled snow back on top of three of the containers to help insulate them until spring:

I dug down to the deck layer and made myself a nice rectangular space to re-position my containers. Inside you can see the different seeds in small square containers, labelled with plastic knives:

Here you can see the plastic tumblers I picked up on a post-Xmas sale at Wal-Mart as well as a couple of larger squares:

Once I fill up the last container I’ll pile snow into all the spaces so that all my seeds are well-insulated:

I’ve got a total of 79 containers of the following winter sown seeds:

  • Alyssum ‘Carpet of Snow’
  • Aster ‘Green Leaves’
  • Balloon flower
  • Blue Pimpernel
  • Canterbury Bells ‘Cup & Saucer Mixed’
  • Clustered Bellflower ‘Marine’
  • Columbine
  • Coreopsis
  • Cornflower Tall Mixed aka Bachelor’s Buttons
  • Cosmos: ‘Sensation’, mixed, pink, and purple
  • Daisy: ‘African’ and ‘Little Miss Muffet’
  • Dianthus: ‘Arctic Fire’ and ‘Sooty’
  • Echinacea: ‘Magnus’ and purple
  • Four O’Clocks: fuschia/yellow and ‘Marvel of Peru’
  • Foxglove ‘Milk Chocolate’
  • Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’
  • Iris: ‘Klingon Princess’, ‘Summoned Spirit’, ‘Nessie’ and ‘Raspberry Jam’
  • Jack In The Pulpit
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Lavender
  • Lupine, wild
  • Mallow ‘Mont Blanc’
  • Marigold, ‘Great Grandma’s’
  • Monarda
  • Morning glory: ‘Scarlett O’Hara’ and pink
  • Nicotiana
  • Painted Tongue ‘Bolero’
  • Red Hot Poker
  • Spider flower ‘Helen Campbell’

I winter sowed some vegetables as well, hoping to compare their growth to indoor seed starting and direct sowing methods:

  • Bush bean ‘Andrew Kent’
  • Chives, garlic
  • Onion, Hardy White Bunching
  • Parsley
  • Pole bean: ‘Cherokee Trail of Tears’ and ‘Yugoslavian Climbing’
  • Spinach
  • Tomato: ‘Bonny Best’, ‘Canabec Rose, ‘Earliest + Best’, mini yellow pear, ‘Moscow’ and ‘Purple Cherokee’

I also put together a 15-gallon bottle of mixed flowers such as, gaillardia, lupine, columbine mixed, cornflower, lavender, rudbeckia and echinacea, for which I hope to find a good home.

I can’t wait to see my first sprouts!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that while I was standing out there with my book in hand and my pen in mouth, my neighbour came out onto his deck and said to his wife (loud enough so that I’d hear), “Dear, our neighbour is crazy, she’s already started planting!”

One Response to “Ongoing Winter Sowing”

  1. sammyqc Says:

    Hey again. I read the rest of you blog today, it’s fantastic!!!
    You definitely need to try another brug. I’ll give you a Peach Candida, hard to kill. I’ll have to go the sale at the farm in May, thanks for letting me know about it, and I’ll bring a brug for Berni for sure. If you are going, I’ll bring you one then as well. Great to catch up with some local GWers.
    Another plant exchange this spring maybe?? We’ll have to talk Peggy into arranging it again!

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