Martagon lilies (been warm for 6 weeks, now out in cold)
Hardy Perennials from 99 cent packages, so I do not expect a lot.
Anchusa Blue Showers
Astilbe Arendsii "Showstar"
Astilbe Garden Mix
Bergenia "Red Start"
Dianthus Allwoodie Alpinus mix
Warm for now and out later:
Yellow peony seeds
Yellow or cream Aconitum
No, CLScott do not "buzz off to GW". You have every right to post here in the Canadian Gardening forum about your winter sowing adventures despite the fact that there is a designated Winter Sowing forum. DG has become so fragmented since the advent of a so many forums and while true, "something for everyone" is at play here, I don't believe in having to scurry over to another forum just to have a discussion about something you enjoy. There used to be a better sense of comraderie in this forum.
Now, as to what I'm winter sowing...I'm working on edibles today because I don't have the space inside :o)
So far I've decided on a few varieties of lettuce...how's that for adventurous, lol!!
oK everyone... I took that as information that there was a site...not a buzz. I know that I'm a bit slow on the Winter sowing so give me a month and I will join Caroline.
Erynne.. , lettus I know its a cool weather crop... I didn't even think of doing veggies. good idea!
I want to do more than the lettuce but I need more containers! Gosh, this is always my problem because I buy so little in plastic containers. A few years ago I did up a bunch of basil and it came up lovely. I'll have to add that to my list for this year.
Thursday is recycle day around here...I might just nonchalantly drive up to my neighbours blue boxes and see what containers I can score, lol.
Oh Ann, you are a smart one! Always have those kicking around!
But maybe I shouldn't use those for edibles though...just in case the chemical leached into the plastic??
I do have some annual/perennial ornamentals that I'd like to start so those containers would be ideal.
Carol, those 4 litre jugs are becoming difficult to find in these parts! Our stores don't sell them but maybe some of those chain-type convenience stores in the bigger urban/suburban areas do. I'll let my neighbours know that I'm looking for them at the neighbourhood potluck this weekend.
I think the main chemical in wws is alcohol and it should be OK. Most of it will evaporate out in time and it's water soluble too. I just scrubbed mine out really well. The National Arts Centre parking garage has stakes where people can drop off their empty bottles. I just raided them last year. But we had so little snow, they were getting pretty dusty.
Just rinse the containers. Cardboard milk containers work inside a clear plastic bag.
You can do both the plastic and the cardboard milk containers on their sides, also, for more plants.
Dollar Giant (now $1.25 in Calgary) has lots of $1.25 food containers and other gardening trinkets.
Some people just use the zip lock bags with soil or vermiculite. (cut drainage holes)
I am doing peonies today from seeds from my garden.
They will need to sit through two cold periods after initial warmth for a month.
So I need to remember not to throw them out when no sprouts. (That is what I did last year.)
I am placing peony and other long germination jugs (Aconitum and Martagons )
into plastic waste baskets to remind me that they are long germinators.
lol you are crazy! Kidding thanks for the site. I really want to wrap my mind around this, understand it,and execute. No time like the present. Are temps are lower then norm. here in Sask. but the 2 week forcast shows about -2 to -5 average. I want to be part of the winter sowing clique! WSC!
Try it with perennials or hardy annuals early and then the less hardy stuff.
Some just does not work because it takes too long.
Tomatoes are late and so are tall snapdragons.
Or go to Trudi's lists and choose from there to start.
Sometimes the WS is just better ---for example cosmos could be a direct sow,
but the birds get the seeds, so I try to do WS.
The beauty is the plants are already hardened off!
I have four planters outside for veg. They are 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 2 feet deep. Built with wood frames. I was thinking of going out,clean the snow off, sprinkle the seeds and cover with a bunch of old storm windows. What do you think?