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sissy70
Rushville, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 22, 2009
4:46 PM

Post #7299769

can someone tell me when i should start my winter gardening in my zone
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

November 22, 2009
5:30 PM

Post #7299890

I would say about a month or little more before you would normally direct seed very early spring stuff. I usually do a few each week thru-out March. I think it is important to have enough daylight hours. By the end of February we have about 10-1/2 daylight hours. You may begin in early February in your area.
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 23, 2009
1:36 AM

Post #7301284

Anytime after winter solstice, Dec 21, for hardy annuals and hardy perennials. Just wait until close to your last frost date for tender plants.

Karen
sissy70
Rushville, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 23, 2009
1:44 AM

Post #7301308

I hve some purple cone flowers and i wondered when i should start them
hanseycollie
Cynthia (N. Kansas C, MO
(Zone 5b)

November 23, 2009
2:33 AM

Post #7301516

I'm confused now (I live in about the same zone). We can put our jugs out as early as December? I had planned on early February as our tulips begin in March and bloom late April.
CapeCodGardener
Mid-Cape, MA
(Zone 7a)

November 23, 2009
3:22 AM

Post #7301674

Hansey and Sissy, I think that you CAN put out your jugs of hardy annuals and perennials (including coneflowers) after the Solstice. . . but I usually wait till mid-February to begin putting out my jugs. All during that month and into March I'm prepping my seeds and setting out my containers with great pleasure!
It's probably because I'm so busy in December that I don't get my WS seeds out then--a few things going on around those last weeks of December! And January is kind of catch-up. By February I'm ready.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

November 23, 2009
3:31 AM

Post #7301725

I'm zone 5a... i start as early as Mid-Jan... after I wind down from the holidays, i'm itching to do something.

I have always found i'm way to busy in Dec to even think about getting started on sowing.
hanseycollie
Cynthia (N. Kansas C, MO
(Zone 5b)

November 23, 2009
4:52 AM

Post #7301931

Oh, well that makes me feel better. A bit of panic there as in December, it just isn't going to happen. We're going to Vegas for two weeks in February, so I was planning on getting the jugs ready now and having them outside by the time we leave.

Whew... I can handle January or February. I'll be needing a dirt-fix by then... (soil, I know, soil, not dirt!) :^)
Just don't startle me like that again! ~~BIG GRIN~~

My collie thinks my nose is deformed - he's trying to stretch it into a collie nose.
LOL!

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tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

November 23, 2009
2:47 PM

Post #7301974

It does seem like Feb is vacation month for us Midwesterners... if i know i'll be gone a while, i do some in Jan and the other perennials in March... then the tender annuals in April - give or take, depending on the weather.
kqcrna
Cincinnati, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 23, 2009
2:55 PM

Post #7302012

Trudi, master of wintersowing, cites solstice as the start.

http://www.wintersown.org/wseo1/Start_to_Finish.html

Karen
hanseycollie
Cynthia (N. Kansas C, MO
(Zone 5b)

November 23, 2009
3:28 PM

Post #7302155

Sure does - December 21 - I think then January... Karen? December just is too crazy. We're dead center of the US right above Kansas City.

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