Thursday, August 16, 2012
Overall results of 2012 winter sowingI think for the 2013 WS season I am going to take a different approach. I will start my WS later in the season. Here in the Pocono Mtn region we stay colder LONGER than areas in the lowlands, so our growing season is much shorter. The fact that much of the northeast had a much milder Winter than usual really didn't result in much of a difference for my region regarding WS. For 2013 I think I will start my WSing in late March, early April.
I really don't plan on doing much WS. I will Wintersow alyssum and snapdragons so I can have them blooming in my garden and pots sooner. I will also start morning glory, sweet peas, and other late season bloomers indoors around mid April. Then I will move them to the garage for awhile (near a window) and then eventually outside to harden off before planting. Worked very well this year. I have still blooming sweet peas, ready to bloom morning glorys, and my favorite unexpected surprise - Mexican Sunflowers.
Monday, May 7, 2012
MY COTTAGE GARDEN IN A POT EXPERIMENT:UPDATE1/27/12 I winter sowed into an 8 inch pot:
bachelor buttons in the center
then tall red poppys
then tall snapdragons
then baby's breath on the very outside.
On 3/14/12 the Bachelor buttons and Baby's breath started to germinate.
and today: this is what I have. The snaps were the last to germinate and there are buds on the bachelor buttons.
Will post another pic when I have flowers in bloom!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012My cottage garden pot is sprouting. So far I can see Bachelor Buttons, red poppy and baby's breath. No sprouts for snapdragons yet.
Another WS container of baby's breath is also starting to sprout.
Got an orange California Poppy sprout on 3-16-12.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Mystery Pot - Mystery Solved!Back in October/November 2011, I put four pots outside on the southeast side of the house to see if they would survive the winter. One pot had forsythia cuttings ... the second pot had a gloriosa daisy plant in it, and the third pot was seeded with forget me nots. These pots had markers. But the FOURTH pot had no marker. I couldn't remember for the life of me what was in that pot. So, last night I reread all my blogs for 2011 looking for some kind of hint. YAY! I found out what it was! #4 was planted with Viola seeds. And I actually see green growth along the edges of the pot.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
more WSToday I WS Burpee Signature Series dwarf mix colors snapdragons in 1 gallon milk jug.
** I had been looking for a dwarf variety of Snaps (10 inches) and found these at Lowe's.**
Tuesday, February 14, 2012Today I wintersowed in plastic trays:
Wintersowed in milk jug:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012Today I winter sowed:
California poppies (orange) in an 8 inch tan pot. Add sand to potting mix and mixed seeds with sand to scatter on surface of soil. Covered top with the plasic lid (from a storebought cake).
The last of my rudbeckia seeds (black eyed susans) that I had gotten from a friend. Scattered seeds on top of a black starter pot and covered with clear plastic held in place by a large rubberband.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012Today I WS:
Friday, January 27, 2012I WS in a regular flower pot:
Beauty Dwarf Mixed Colors Phlox (prefers drier medium) & full sun in a red 8 inch flower pot. Flower height 10 inches
REFERENCE: MY COTTAGE GARDEN IN A FLOWER POT
WS in a regular 8 inch flower pot (red) in circular pattern: Average flower height 24 inches.
center - Bachelor Buttons (cornflower)
next ring - Flanders Red Poppy
next ring - Mixed color Snapdragons
next ring - Baby's Breath
*** Covered both containers with clear plastic high tops ( the tops came from plastic layer cake containers) that happened to fit nicely. ***
NOTE: This pot size may be too small for this mix.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Winter Sowed TodayI WS today: in plastic containers for later planting
Forget Me Nots
Gaillardia - Grandiflora Mixed Colors
Oriental Poppy MIx
Columbine - NOID - pink/cream
California Poppy - Sunset Mix
Black Eyed Susans - Rudbeckia - don't know variety. From a friend's garden.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
MY COTTAGE GARDEN IN A POT EXPERIMENTI am going to try to WS a combo of tall blooming flowers in ONE very large flower pot. They are all late Spring - Summer bloomers. My version of a COTTAGE GARDEN IN A POT. They all are SUN lovers but like cool germinating temps.
Red Poppy / May-June
B. Breath / Apr- Aug
Bach Butt / Summer
Before WS seed line bottom of pot with about 2 inches of gravel for good drainage & aeration
Mix sand in with potting soil for better drainage
Won't have a baggie top large enough to cover top of pot, so will have to improvise. A large piece of clear plastic (the kind you can put over a tablecloth) punched with holes for water and air will probably work. You can buy it at Walmart in fabric dept. Will use fairly tall wood B-B-Cue skewers to "tent" the plastic sheet up over the pot and duct tape the plastic that drapes over to the sides of the pot. Will post a photo when it's done.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Going to start some annuals and perennials ...The new Lowe's in our area opened recently and I went and bought a bag of builder's sand to mix with some of my potting soil. 50 pound bag for less than $4. During the next few days, I plan on WS some flowers that like their growing medium on the "dry" side and with good drainage. I usually use Miracle Potting Soil, but have found that it seems to retain a "lot of water". That's ok for some plants, but not all. Poppies, gaillardia, forget me nots, dianthus, and viola are a few that I'm going to WS that don't like wet feet!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Winter SowingYesterday I did my first winter sowing for the 2011-2012 growing season. In celebration of the Winter Solstice, I planted 12 coneflower seeds in a salad take out container. The container is on the back deck.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Gearing up for winter sowing ... TipsZONE 5A
Best time to WS HARDY Annuals will be from mid January - mid February. Can expect sprouts from the earliest mid March through mid April.
HALF HARDY Annuals can be WS Mar-April and seedlings planted out close to last frost date.
ANNUAL POPPIES do better if they are DIRECT SOWN on the ground about mid March where you want them to grow. They are somewhat fussy about transplanting, but can be container wintersown. If container wintersown, plant out when "TINY" in HOS format. They aren't bothered by the cold.
Most WS and DS PERENNIALS that are grown from seed will produce stems and leaves their first year. They will usually FLOWER IN THEIR 2ND YEAR. Which brings to mind the old saying: THE FIRST YEAR THEY SLEEP. THE SECOND YEAR THEY CREEP. AND THE THIRD YEAR THEY LEAP!!!!
TENDER ANNUALS are better WS in late April and seedlings planted out after last frost.
MORNING GLORY AND MOONFLOWER would be better WS in late April. They don't like cold. NO NEED TO SOAK before planting in WS container. Plant out after last frost. If direct sowing ALF soak seeds overnite.
***NOTE*** Mix tiny seeds with sand, sugar, or coffee grounds to spread the flower seeds more evenly. Tiny seeds can be sparsely covered with a thin layer of soil or or just gently pressed into the soil to make a good contact. Mist (a spray nozzle setting) the seeds daily to keep them moist til germination occurs.
****SUPER TIP**** TO CHECK FOR VIABILITY OF any SEED, PLACE SEED IN DAMP COFFEE FILTER AND THEN PLACE IN PLASTIC BAGGIE. IF SEED GERMINATES (STARTS TO PRODUCE ROOTS) SEED IS GOOD. CAN ALSO GENTLY MOVE ROOTED SEED TO SOIL GROWING MEDIUM IF WEATHER WARM ENOUGH. IF EARLY ENOUGH IN SEASON, MOVE ROOTED SEEDS TO INDIVIDUAL CELL PACK AND TRANSPLANT WHEN SEEDLING IS LARGE ENOUGH TO PERMANENT FLOWERBED.
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