Winter Sowing Seeds

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December 27, 2016

Winter Sowing (Part 1)You can sow your seeds outdoors in containers. Those seeds that sprout, and there will be many, will be hardy plants that produce well. I did this last year, and am doing it again this year. I used ziplock bags, but you can use any vented container.


Winter Sowing (Part 1)


Here are the steps:

  1. Make sure your container has vents. Poke holes in the bottom, or leave part of the bag open, as I did.
  2. Label the container with a waterproof pen.
  3. Winter Sowing (Part 1) - labeled bag

  4. Fill the container with potting soil.
  5. Winter Sowing (Part 1) - soil added

  6. Put the seeds in and moisten.

    Winter Sowing (Part 1)


  7. Put all the containers outside.
  8. Winter Sowing (Part 1)


  9. Check periodically to make sure the plants are sufficiently moistened and are getting enough air.

I will be posting again in the spring with Part 2.


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May 1, 2017

If you are lucky, your seeds have germinated in the bag. All you have to do now is to plant in your garden at the appropriate time (take out of the bag, of course). This is a Million Dollar tomato plant. I use the Square Foot Gardening method, which allots one square per plant.

Winter Sowing Part 2 - seedlings in plastic bag


Check out these photos.

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April 22, 2019

Winter sowing is a method of planting seeds in milk jugs and letting them sit out all winter. My lettuce did so well it was coming out of the jug and I planted it today.


There is no need to harden off the plants since they have been outside all winter. Follow this link to a tip on Thriftyfun: Start Seeds Outdoors With Winter Sowing

Winter Sown Lettuce - leaf lettuce in a raised bed


December 30, 2016

This is a page about start seeds outdoors with winter sowing. Using this method you can skip the grow light regime of seed starting. Plant seeds in plastic containers and see the results.

Starting Seeds with Winter Sowing

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