Once in 4H when I was learning to sew… not anything useful like gardening, or learning how to raise and care for animals, but sew… I made a little tote bag or something, which was actually kinda cool, but I wrote a little saying on it, which now (thankfully) I can’t remember and I thought I was all witty by putting what I thought was the word “sew” in place of the word “so.” Pretty funny huh? Only problem was I spelled it “sow.” Yeah… just messed up on a lot of levels there.
Thankfully they’ve since invented spell check and it gets me out of a lot of those kinds of binds. 😉
And none of that is here nor there, just the title reminded me of that really embarrassing moment so I thought I’d share. 😉
I read about winter sowing (as in crops not tote bags) sometime last month and was immediately intrigued! Because I spent several hours one morning totally stressed out over our greenhouse garden, and this was with snow on the ground!! I’m such a newbie when it comes to green and growing things that yes, it does create stress in my life. Especially when the more I read about planing your sweet seeds inside required lots of space, special lamps, heating mats, little pots, transplanting fragile sprouts and then to top it all off you have to harden any aspiring plant that survives the process before you can FINALLY move it to the “garden” and hope that it grows long enough to produce something edible. Hmmmm…. probably not a job for good ol’ black thumbs! (aka me)
But the aluring part about winter sowing is that you get a bunch of containers, like milk or water jug type things….
… cut them in half leaving a little “hinge.” Poke holes in the bottom for drainage. Fill them with dirt, or peat moss in my case. Some people were picky about they type of dirt to start seeds in, but by this time my brain had overloaded on stress units and I couldn’t process any of that. Peat moss it is! 😉
BTW, don’t you love my new gardening gloves? I do! No more icky dirt under my nails, YAY!!! Next thouroughly wet down the dirt (moss) and let it drain.
Then get your seeds, poke holes in the moss/dirt (with a handy dandy pencil), and drop em in! Also, labeling the containers is a good idea. 🙂 Plants all look fairly the same to me when they start growing… Green.
Looks like salad to me! 😉 Ha ha! Oh my, I hope something grows!
Then you close the container, which is to act like a mini greenhouse, with some tape. I saw people tape all around theirs, but I didn’t feel like using that much tape so I opted for little patches.
Then you put the little containers around/near/in the place that they will eventually be planted and let em be. Ours are going in the greenhouse so that’s where I plopped them.
The point of this is that the seeds are able to freeze and thaw and repeat just as they would if they were free, wild seeds and just dropped off the plant on their own and waited till the next spring to sprout. I’m not sure it’ll work, of course, but I’m going to give it a whirl. No special mats, no transplanting a buncha times, no hardening! 🙂
Sounds too good to be true and it might be, but I’m going to keep my eye on them, make sure it doesn’t dry out in there, and see if anything “happens.” 😉 Keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed on this one. If nothing grows I’ll get a few plants from a nursery and see if I can make them live long enough to make us some salad! 😉 No more stress units for the garden! Nopers!