Needs Tips! Any & All Tips!!!

LullabyF360August 8, 2013

This is going to be my first year ever to try winter sowing. Since I am a virgin to this method of gardening, I ask what has always worked well for you along with a few other questions.

As with anything I am new to, I research the fire out it. My first question pertains to containers that I can use. I always see people using milk jug, OJ jugs, 2L coke bottles, clear plastic bags even. My husband drinks a LOT of coffee, so we tend to accumulate several red buckets with the black lid. Is there anyway I could rig it to for use for winter sowing?

While prowling around Google, I've seen a few pictures of using the cardboard tubes from paper towels & TP. After the bottom of the jug has been filled with soil, the tubes are places a little ways into the dirt & filled themselves. After that the seeds are planted into the individual tubes. Supposedly, this makes it easier when it comes to transplanting as well as keeping things neat to better identify what has been planted. Has anyone tried that before? I could use a need for all of those TP tubes.

Also, I am in north Louisiana. This is why I am sketchy about trying winter sowing. My winters are as weird as they come. It stays hot still September. October is nice fall weather...sometimes. November is kinda chilly. By the time Christmas & New Year comes, the A/C is back on again. Then anytime between January & March, more cold fronts come through. Before you have time to enjoy the cold, it's in the 90s already. I'm afraid when these warm spell happen, my seeds will sprout way earlier than they need to. So if anyone who lives in Louisiana that winter sows, or someone who used to winter sow in Louisiana, please barrage me with advice.

Also, I would like to know what plants are good for winter sowing. I am planning on doing vegetables. I know tomatoes can be winter sown, but I would like to have a broader option than various tomatoes.

This post was edited by LullabyF360 on Thu, Aug 8, 13 at 12:10

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lizbest1(5)

Yes to the tp/paper towel rolls! I did that with some of the springsown seeds that were supposed to be picky about being transplanted and it worked wonderfully! I plan to do that will all of my wintersown seeds this year--makes it incredibly easy to plant! And if you have a drill-driven bulb auger, it's just about the right size to make the holes, even!

I'm zone 5 so don't have the same temp issues you have but it seems any perennials that work well in your area for your zone are good candidates. I do a LOT of penstemons and agastaches--they all do very well and I know there are plenty that work for your zone. I don't even try any vegetables here wintersown, just doesn't work for me. Herbs work pretty well, though. Chives are pretty hard to kill with late freezes! Good luck!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2013 at 1:39AM
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NanaDeb50(8A)

Hi! I also am in zone 8a over here in Mississippi. There are a lot of plants we can wintersow. Some we need to start a little later so they don't grow too fast and get
killed by one of our late spring cold spells. I have used
cans similar to the ones you mentioned. I cut the middle
of the lid out and left the outside to fasten over the edge. Since the cans are sorta tall, I only fill it about half way
with soil. That leaves growing room for my babies. Then
I cover the top with plastic wrap and put the cut out lid
on to secure it. When you need to vent the container,
just cut holes in the plastic wrap. Hope this makes sense.
Happy sowing!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2013 at 10:27PM
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