I was wondering if anyone has had any success direct sowing Cosmos,Zinnia,and other annuals that are dropping their seeds now.
I plan to compost the entire garden for the winter and wanted to sow these two annuals especially after compost is down.
I never have good luck seeding inside in April. stuff gets too leggy and rarely survives once transplanted.
Zinnias are known to germinate in 1 to 3 days at 70 degree temperatures, so not really advisable to sow your annual zinnia seeds now when it's too cold and possibly have them rot thru the winter.
Just sow the seed in your garden when it warms up in your area (or start them inside a couple of weeks before last frost which is a pain, I think).
Or, if you are a 'Wintersower' and follow the posts on the 'Winter Sowing Forum' on DG, try this: Plant the seeds in milk jugs outside once it has warmed up in the spring a bit and put the lid on to make a 'mini-green house'. For more info on this method, look at the WS Forum.
Don't want to waste good seed by planting too early.