My Winter Sowing: A Pictorial History

May 2, 2008

I think I’ve been pretty successful in my first year out for winter sowing. This is a method where you sow seeds in sheltered containers and then put them out in the snow in the dead of winter. This is great for those seeds that need scarification as the process of freezing and thawing helps the break the seed coat. Also, you don’t have to worry about damping off or hardening off as you do with starting indoors and you get really hardy plants with huge root systems. I started off this year with 5 clear storage containers with small pots/cups inside.

BOX 1

Here’s a picture of Box 1 back on April 6, 2008:

A couple of weeks later on April 17, 2008:

And here is it this morning on May 2, 2008:

You can see a nice pot of alyssum, some marigold and cosmos.

BOX 2

April 6, 2008:

April 17, 2008:

May 2, 2008:

Loads of wild lupine, spinach and coneflower in this box!

BOX 3

April 6, 2008:

April 17, 2008:

May 2, 2008:

Zucchini, squash, cucumber and tomato fill this box out quite nicely.

BOX 4

April 6, 2008:

April 17, 2008:

May 2, 2008:

I’ve got bunching onions, alyssum, zucchini and squash doing really well in this box.

BOX 5

April 6, 2008:

April 17, 2008:

May 2, 2008:

Lots of coneflower, lupine and one or two columbine pots.

BOTTLE

I also put together a 15-gallon bottle of mixed flowers such as, gaillardia, lupine, columbine mixed, cornflower, lavender, rudbeckia and echinacea.

Here it is on March 21, 2008:

April 17, 2008:

May 2, 2008:

Overall it’s been pretty low-maintenance so far. The only thing I do for them right now is angle the lids during sunny days to let hot air out so that the seedlings don’t cook inside. They’re protected from frost and they’ve been getting lots of water from the recent rains. Back when there was a warm spell I had to water them every day as they’d dry out quickly. I already know I’ll be up to my ears in wild lupines!

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