Newbie to Winter Sowing

(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN(Zone 6a)

I learned of Winter Sowing in December of 2009. This is a brand new bed filled with WSn plants. I have Rudbeckia Irish Eyes and Tiger Eyes, Salvia, Cocokcomb, Poppy, Foxglove and Hollyhocks.

Snapdragon mysteriously appeared. I like it so it's staying.

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(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN(Zone 6a)

This is mainly Rudbeckia and Butterfly Weed. I didn't WS the Marigold nor the Bonfire Euphorbia. I have heard it said that in the first year of a plants life it sleeps, the second year it creeps and the third year it leaps...I think some of my Ruds went straight to the leaping stage. LoL

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(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN(Zone 6a)

This area is filled with WSn plants as well. Only the Dahlias and Liatris were not wsn. This bed has Hollyhocks, Malva, GreenEnvy coneflowers, Petunias, Blackberry Lilies, Butterfly Weeds and Gaillardia. My favorite is probably the Gaillardia.

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(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN(Zone 6a)

Here's why...it's continuously blooming, perfect sprading and heighth

I'm hooked on WSing now. I'm sure I will be adding much to my garden every year!!!!

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Orangeburg, SC

Congratulations, Diamond! Your beds are beautiful. Love the combos. 2009 was also my first year at WSing. I just wish that I'd sown more than a few things.

(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN(Zone 6a)

Debbie, do you have pictures of your WSn plants. I would love to see your flowers. I can't believe how much they have grown just this summer!

(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN(Zone 6a)

Here's another bed. Not many WSn but a part of my patio. There's white and Tomato Soup Coneflowers, Columbine, Hollyhocks, Daylilies, Dahlia and Irises.

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Carmel, IN(Zone 5b)

Looking great, Anita. That gaillardia is truly stunning! This was my first year of WS also. Isn't it fun to have something to do in the winter when we can't start much else?

(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN(Zone 6a)

Thanks Mom2Golden, it was so much fun to have seeds to start during the winter. I am trying to come up with different containers for WSing this year. I'm looking forward to doing it again the winter.
Do you have pictures of your garden?
I have some WSn Milkweed that is full of aphids. I debated if I should treat the aphids but decided againtst it. Now I have two huge Monarch caterpillars.

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Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

Anita -- wow, never did see this thread when you created it last summer. Beautify flower beds... they will fill in fast with all the WS;ing you will be doing.

the "sleep, creep and leap" I've heard that for Hostas.

there are plenty of first year blooming perennials and most others bloom the second year.

those new beds will be pretty filled by this summer.

fantastic job!! WS is great, isn't it??

Terese

(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN(Zone 6a)

terese WSing is highly addictive and so much fun! I am going to tryh it again this year. I have my containers ready to go I just need to get the bottles filled with dirt and seeds.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

I poked my holes and sliced all the jugs this evening... DH looked over at me - i was in the kitchen, and said,
"It's that time of the year again?"

I have 2) 30gal trash bags filled with containers... mostly gallon jugs.

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Columbia City, IN(Zone 5b)

i can not believe I had never looked into ws ,i really have been missin the boat for years.Doin my jugs tonite...

(Anita) Fort Wayne, IN(Zone 6a)

Huggergirl, I cannot believe how close we are! This is perfect WSing weather today with all the snow.

Terese, I have mostly 2 litter bottles. I like the gallon jugs better...more space for seeds and easier to cut. I have even used the same concept to start seeds inside. It's the perfect container to start seedlings.

Columbia City, IN(Zone 5b)

We are close Anita,Picked up supplies on our way home tonite,so I can sow tomorrow !!
My SD lives in Aboite.We are in Ft Wayne quite often.

Silver Spring, MD(Zone 6b)

What brand of potting mix are you using? I've run out and hope to get some more on Thursday. Also ran out of milk jugs but have accumulated 4 within last 2 days. Might have to go scavenger hunting one morning early or mid day before the recycle trucks come.

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