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I'd like to sow seeds in mid-June for my winter brassicas. I'd like to begin planting out seedlings in mid-August.
Can I use the same WSing method to start them or will the enclosed "greenhouse" hold too much heat for germination? Is there a different method to starting winter seedlings in the summer? Put them in a small refrigerator, perhaps? (Not being funny...)
No, Linda, not just for winter, unless your seeds need cold strat. You can use the method any time, just modify a little. While the jugs are closed, you might need extra vent holes. I usually cut a couple of "V" shapes near the shoulder of the jugs. Also, I wouldn't put in full sun, especially in your zone. I'd limit to just a little morning sun, or maybe dappled sun under a tree. Otherwise, they might get too hot. You'll probably have to water more, too.
tabasco, No, I don't think it's too late. I haven't finished sowing yet. Not quite with it this year. And I wish we'd get some rain. I hope this isn't a preview of summer drought.
I sowed my tomatoes, almost 2 weeks ago, about 2/3 have sprouted.
I sowed zins about a week ago, only have one sprout. The seeds were 5 or 6 years old, so we'll see if they sprout. I did sow a few zins in the house.
Thanks. Good. For some reason the past few weeks got away from me and I didn't get my seeds in.
Planted 8 kinds of zinnias and 9 kinds of tomatoes yesterday along with some other stuff. Today will do some more vines and other annuals. With the rain coming in it's probably a good time to get it done.
I'm sowing old seeds too. Trying to clean out my stash. Will be interesting to see what comes up.
Sowed more seeds today. Did 10 kinds of vines like Black eyed susan, morning glories, campsis, etc. I'll have vines rampant in the back yard, but oh, well. I can only wish! Maybe I can set up a roadside stand and give them away (that is if they sprout!)
tcs, yes, you don't have much time to appreciate your gardens!? Seems like you're always on the move.
I wonder if I should take my WS tomatoes and put them on a heat mat inside. It will probably be July until I can set them into the garden...
I know what you mean about limiting your sowing. I feel the same way, but I get such a 'rush' from seeing all the seedlings! I wonder if it has something to do with menopause having set in some years ago and WSing makes me feel fertile again?! Ha, ha!
Well, I planted another 20 large cups of seeds (zinnias, cosmos, blah blah) Sunday and I'm happy to say I have some sprouts~~teeny tiny though they are. But I am going away for 4 days (to the Holland MI Tulip gardens/farms/festival and to tour a few historic homes/gardens in Indiana and Michigan YAY!!) so I am worried that they may dry out. 'Obsessing', that is and won't enjoy my trip.
And I sinned and bought some Jack in the Pulpit plantlings from an e-bay supplier and wouldn't you know it they are going to be delivered while I'm gone...
Good luck everyone with your WS projects. We need to get some 2010 bloom photos up on this forum soon! Or are they already up?
Good idea, but I didn't have to worry~~they still haven't been delivered and the guy didn't answer my e-mail, either.
I wonder what's going on. He has a 100% rating. I'm thinking the box was delivered and the post man stuck it in my garage under some manure bags or something. I just got back from my trip so I'll check in the morning!
Say friends, quick question - we are in zone 5 or 6 (depending on the map) and we won't have another freeze. My daughter would like to WS something now - she's become a fan - what do you suggest that won't need the cold stratification? We've got some die-hard winter-sowers on this thread so thought I'd put the thought out there ... thanks... Cynthia
Wow, thanks so much - I really appreciate that! I'll order her some of these seeds (I love Swallowtail seeds) and let her WS her own, lol. I may have another gardener in the house soon, lol! Thanks again!