The solstice falls on December 22 this year so there's just 31 days left to get ready for the 2011-12 Winter Sowing kick-off!! Are your jugs/containers prepped? Seeds sorted? Labels printed? Potting/grower's mix ready to go? I'd be lying if I said yes to any of those questions except the seed thing. I've been busy cleaning chaff from harvested seeds and marking the little salad dressing cups I use to store them. They're stacked six high & as many deep on the kitchen counter--Lobelia cardinalis, stokesia, columbine, Shasta daisy, dogwood, Japanese red maple, apple, Cupid's dart, turtlehead, hardy geranium, balloon flower and many more. I created a new spreadsheet to track this year's effort that I'm hoping will be less labor-intensive than past years' have proved to be. I added a feature that will automatically tally the number of jugs I sow, assuming I log them daily...accurately.
This will be year 3 for me to WS. I went way over the top in Year One with almost 500 containers. Year Two I cut that number almost in half.
This year I will sow considerably fewer as I'm focused now on tuck-ins and trees. The big storm robbed me of a great deal in terms of shade, including two of my mother's beloved dogwoods. I'll grow more of them from seeds I harvested before the storm as well as Japanese red maple to replace the trees down at the back that will need to be taken down in a year or two.
Who else is ready...or almost? Tell us what you've been doing to prepare! Is anyone stepping up to keep track of the container count by zone for the Zone Wars?