I called a local well know plant nursery yesterday to inquire if Fafard potting mix was available at this time of the year at their store. I had gone on the internet and it showed this nursery as being one of their merchants that sell this brand. Spoke with one of the garden center managers and he said that they do sell it but in small sizes, and they also sell Promix..but a lot of the staff in the garden center have been trying the Espoma organic potting mix and really like it. I told him what I wanted to use it for and he suggested I use a seed starter mix instead of potting mix. I plan to go there in person after Christmas is over and talk with this mgr. personally, even take my WS pictures if necessary. Have any of you used this product before. If you google it, you will find that it has something added to it that gives the seeds a good start. He says it is lighter than potting mix..does that mean it might dry out quicker? I don't want to have to get out in the cold or snow covered ground and water the containers. That happened last year with two tubs of sees when I tried coffee cups and cold drink cups. The ones in the milk jugs and liter bottles did beautifully. I think I only had one or two jugs that didn't germinate; they were seeds that were donated to me so they may have been old seeds to begin with that somebody passed on. Everything was fine buried under the 55 in. of snow, plenty of moisture then but when it melted a month later, the yard was so muddy, I couldn't get to the containers that held the coffee cups/cold drink cups and they dried up. Even with watering them when I could get out there didn't survive them, so I lost a lot. Learning experience I won't make in 2011.
Would like to hear about anybody else's experiences with seed starter mix for wintersowing. Maybe this gentleman thought I was going to grow indoors "under lights". Would that make a difference in the soil used?