Since starting this blog last March, I've read a lot about winter sowing. This is a new idea to me. I've been reading posts and researching it online. WinterSown.Org has a lot of great information.
I have some seeds I saved from a flower in my neighbor's yard. She doesn't know what the plant is. She got it free at a plant giveaway. It had yellow flowers that resemble sunflowers and yet resemble coneflowers. No, I don't have any photos of it blooming. It reached about two feet in height and bloomed mid summer to frost. She saved me some seeds. I decided they would be used in my first winter sow attempt.
Many different containers can be used. I went with free and am reusing some of our milk jugs. Also on the table, potting soil, the seeds, packing tape, shears and a permanent marker. Saturday, I put it all together.
I cut the bottom off the milk jugs except through the label making that area a "hinge."
I cut slits in the bottom of the milk jugs around the edge for drainage.
I filled the bottom of each jug with potting soil.
I soaked the soil very well and let the jugs drain in the sink.
These are the seed heads I received from my neighbor.
I loosened all of the seeds.
I sprinkled seeds on the soaked potting soil.
I covered the seeds with a little more soil.
I pressed the soil down on the seeds.
Taping the container back together was messy because I sat each one on the counter to put the tape over the slit. They all continued to drain and made a mess!
After I dried the counter and the containers, I labeled each one. I only planted one thing, but I wanted to be covered in case I decide to plant some other seeds.
I sat the containers outside where they will get full sun. They're beside the pile of concrete pieces. I'm hoping that will protect them from any crazy strong winds we may receive. You'll notice there are no lids on the spouts. The containers need ventilation. If your container doesn't have a small opening, you should cut slits in the top.
The idea is that the seeds will sprout when temperatures are appropriate for the seedlings to grow and they'll be easy to transplant. I'll check on them occassionally to see if they need water. Although, right now, they're buried in a snow drift from Tuesday's snow storm.
I have more of the seeds which I will also plant directly into the garden when we're past chances of frost.
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