Winter Sowing Results of 2008
January 12, 2009
Now that I’m gearing up for Winter Sowing 2009, I should reflect on how it all went last year.
I slowly started five boxes around January 27, 2008 and on May 9, 2008 they looked like this:
Looking at these boxes, I calculated that I had a 60% success rate with my seed sowing. Not bad for not really having to do too much after initial start up. It’s a lot less work that starting seeds indoors and having to harden them off before transplanting. The only thing I did after setting them out was make sure they had enough water and didn’t get too hot. Some seeds definitely responded better to winter sowing than others and the ones that really did well were the lupines, daisies, alyssum, cornflowers, squash and zucchini.
The alyssum and daisies really filled out the front planter as summer went on.
- Shell out a couple of bucks and buy a paint pen from Micheals instead of using a Sharpie on the plastic knife label. The writing wore off and I had no idea what was what. Eventually, I didn’t care and just planted whatever was still growing in May.
- Don’t leave your lovingly-drilled plastic tote boxes outside all year because they break and crack causing you to rethink your whole winter sowing approach and make you wish you lived in the US so that you could buy recyclable gallon-sized milk jugs. Don’t get me wrong, the totes were a good idea.
I really like winter sowing for starting things that I wouldn’t normally start indoors, such as annuals, perennials and some vegetables. I like having flowers however I’d much rather make room on my grow-op for vegetables that I’m going to eat. Winter sowing allows me that flexibility of having vegetables and flowers too. And you really can’t beat the root system that comes out of a winter sown pot – it’s pretty impressive.
Happy winter sowing!