Winter Sowing 2011

>> Tuesday, February 8, 2011

72 empty containers for winter sowing 2011
 Finally got around to setting up the first wave of seedlings. It seems to take me forever to get things done these days. Anyway, I set up nine containers for a total of 72 plants.

72 filled containers for winter sowing 2011
 This has been hanging over my head for several months. The collection of paper towel inserts and toilet paper inserts and plastic gallon milk jugs have all been piling up along the kitchen wall, above the stairway, and on the kitchen table. It's a good thing my wife is understanding of the way I do things. I eventually get them done, after the initial light bulb moment fades away and the flurry of getting supplies together, things are still sitting around while I’m off onto other projects.

I started tomato, eggplant and pepper - typically hot weather plants - just to see how they will do in the frigid temps. If they make it I’ll set them in the kitchen until time to set out.

All of the containers are sitting on my back deck in an area that gets sun for most of the day.

Here’s a list of what I have started so far:
  • Tomato Cherokee Purple
  • Pumpkin Rouge D’etampes
  • Tomato Mama Leone
  • Pepper Corno Di Toro Giallo
  • Sweety Pea Mammoth Mix
  • Beet Five color Silverbeet
  • Broccoli Coronado crown
  • Eggplant Rosa Bianca
  • Lettuce lolla rosa
  • Marjoram sweet
  • Pepper sweet Italian pepperoncini
  • Squash Patissons Panache Jaune Et Vert Scallop

This list represents only what I currently have on hand. Others will be started later as I make room for them. I’m not usre I have room for all of these yet but it’s always good to get a little push to find room when faced with a punch of ‘extra’ plants. I’m sure it will all work out.

Next on the agenda is to start seeds in the basement on heat mats and under lights.


Cynthia February 21, 2011 at 10:32 PM  

I bought a bunch of seeds this year of native perennials thinking I'd winter sow them. I've had them vernalizing in the fridge since the second week of January. Do you think I could still winter sow them? I bought WAY too many varieties (eyeballs bigger than indoor growning space)so I am thinking I'd have to go this route. Have you ever started them cooling inside then moved them out?

Greg W February 22, 2011 at 9:41 AM  

Hi Cynthia, thanks for your inquiry. Yes, native perennials are great for winter sowing and you can start them right now.

As hard as I try every year not to buy 'too many' seeds I sadly fail every year. There are just too many to choose from and I always think I can find just a little more space.

I keep my seed in the refrigerator before setting them out for winter sowing so your seeds just do just fine.

Good luck to you, Greg W

Anne McCormack February 24, 2011 at 5:51 PM  

Great idea using the TP inserts. I'm starting to get motivated for spring!

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