I finally got around to doing some wintersowing today. Don't know how successful it is going to be. Yesterday it was 65 here and today it was 70! It is supposed to get down in the 20's the last part of next week.
I learned about wintersowIng in December. I was desperate for containers so I bought the store brand water in gallon jugs so that I could use them for winter sowing. The water didn't go to waste, I used it to water my tropical plants being stored in the basement for winter. I've still need 14 more containers for the annuals. I'm asking co-workers to bring in their used milk jugs.
Great going! After you water in your seeds, close those tops and keep em shut with a piece of duct tape on either side. They'll form heat inside like a little greenhouse, and the animals won't steal your seeds...
No need to open and close them after that, long as they're where the rain can water them, and the sun can shine on them...
I just noticed that big bag of Miracle Grow Potting SOIL next to your jugs. Just a word -- potting SOIL is not designed to be used in containers (check the fine print), because it will begin to compact hard as cement..
In the future, always use potting MIX, MIX, MIX in your containers, and for your WSing jugs...
I only have potting SOIL right now. I also have some milled spagnum (sp?!) moss and perlite. If I mix 50% soil, 25% moss and 25% perlite, do you think that will work? Or should I go get some potting MIX?
You can just leave the soil out altogether. You can use 50% peat and 50% perlite. If you check the ingredients on the potting mixes it doesn't have any soil in it at all. I'ts mainly peat, perlite and tree bark
I accidentally bought a bag last year... I ended up mixing it with the 'mix' that was left over in the pots from the previous year... it was the only choice i had, and it worked out OK. did not get hard as a rock. The rest got worked into my 'sand' yard around plants.
I have several containers that are sprouting. The plants in a couple of them are getting kind of leggy. What if anything can I do to keep this from happening? I am afraid to pinch the tops off the little things in fear that they will just die!