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Sunday, April 29, 2007

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This post is dedicated to Kasmira who introduced me to Winter Sowing via her blog, Cincinnati Cape Cod. I sowed 20 containers in late February/early March. When I opened them today to begin the hardening-off process, I discovered that all of them had germinated. The two laggards were Gas Plant (Dictamnus albus 'Purpureus' ) and Great Blue Lobelia. Here is my complete list of winter sown seeds for 2007:

Bachelor's Buttons
Butterfly Weed
Calendula
Cleome "White Queen"
Cosmos "Seashells"
Gas Plant
Great Blue Lobelia
Jewels of Opar
Johnny-Jump-Ups
Kiss Me Over The Garden Gate
Love-in-a-Mist
Monkshood
Nicotiana alata “Lime Green”
Nicotiana sylvestris
Pansy "Chalon Supreme Mix"
Red Swamp Milkweed
Snapdragon "Black Prince"
Snapdragon "Plum Blossom"
Verbena bonariensis
Wild Purple Foxglove

I have to admit to an initial skepticism about the winter sowing concept. I even had duplicate seed packets in reserve "just in case". I am now sold on this technique. I'm already saving containers for next year, 12 so far.



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10 Comments:

At 4:47 AM, Anonymous skeet said...

Looks like it working out very well for you, despite a few lagging behind. You'll son be overrun with lovely growing things! Good show!

My GTS was a bit late but is up now.

 
At 9:08 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Hello! I'm new to the Green Thumb Sunday, and wanted to introduce myself! I just read about this technique somewhere yesterday, looks like it works well! You did a great job! I need to start saving containers now, too! Well done! :)

 
At 9:19 AM, Blogger Gotta Garden said...

Winter sowing is great! The plants are so hardy and just take right off! Look at yours! You did great!! I think Gas Plant is a really tough one to germinate (takes a long time), so know that it is not you or winter sowing...

It will be fun to read about all these as they go into your garden!

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

All of them germinated? What a wonderful success, well done you!!!! Soon you'll be able to fill your garden with all these lovely plants.

 
At 4:29 PM, Anonymous chigiy said...

I love the plastic gallon container idea. My husband uses them for everything. Here's one more use: Mini greenhouses.

 
At 11:48 PM, Blogger Robin said...

I recently read about the winter sowing and will be trying it next year. I am saving my plastics for future sowing use. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your flowers in bloom.

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Now my biggest problem is keeping the squirrels from digging in the containers when I open them during the day!

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger seedling said...

I'm new to GTS and am so happy it's led me to a fellow Jersey garden blogger! Congratulations on a productive winter.

 
At 6:38 PM, Blogger carletongardener said...

This sounds great! It looks like you good very good germination and big healthy seedlilngs. I'd like to try this too, and it sounds like a good time to start saving some bottles in the back of the garage. Thanks for the idea.

 
At 1:00 AM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Seedling, where in NJ are you?

Skppy's Mom, I don't have a garage, but I do have shelves in my basement. Making room for my containers has been a great excuse to clean them up!

 

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