Winter Sowing what/when in zone 4

idafrances(4)March 18, 2014

Hi there! It has been a few years since I have had a yard in which to winter sow and I am happily back at it. I thought I remembered a chart for zones and when to sow certain seeds, but I can't find it.

If anyone has feedback for me, that would be great. Thank you in advance!

I am wondering when to put out the following:


moss rose

runner beans

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I'd put everything, except maybe the beans, out now. They'll come up when the conditions are right for them. I usually put everything out in February, but got a late start this year and am just now sowing my seeds. In your zone, though, you might want to start the tomatoes inside. There are Zone 5 sowers on here who say that the growing season isn't long enough there to WS them.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 12:05PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Oregano, thyme, sage, lavender all hardy perennials can be done anytime after solstice

Basil tender annual. I sow April-May

Hollyhock, nasturtiums, moss roses self sow so can be started anytime though I have had nasturtium and hollyhock seeds rot so prefer to sow them April-May

Zinnias I have best germination sowing April-May

Tomatoes can be sown anytime but I like mine started inside for earlier germination

Runner beans. I direct sow all beans instead of winter sowing

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 12:49AM
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Thank you so much!!!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 10:59PM
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