I have been wintersowing in pans for some years now with decent results. For the most part it has been flowers that I sowed. This year when I put out my 50 hay bales to "cure" over the winter - I decided to try to wintersow in 10 of them, I placed those 10 on their sides (strings off the ground) prickly side up and top dressed them with black dirt. (about 2" +/-) I left this for a month so mother nature could settle the topdressing into the bale a bit. Yesterday, after it was in the 20's for a couple of days, I decided to go for it - I sowed a row of beet seed for greens, (I hope) a half row of radishes and a half row of leaf lettuce - I also sowed a row of lupines...Hopefully mother nature will tell the seeds when to sprout and I will get a jump on the "early" part of the garden...I shall keep you posted, but it will be late April or early May before I know whether this worked or not.
Kent: I am so sorry about your Dad; Hopefully he is on the mend. perry