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Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 8, 2011
4:31 PM

Post #8680930

How many of you have tried Summer sowing using same method as Wintersowing in the milk jugs?
Besides watching that they didn't dry out on you, I would think that you would have to enlarge the air circulation holes, water from below and keep in the shade. Would love to hear from those that have tried this.
Bordentown, NJ
(Zone 7a)

July 20, 2011
11:17 AM

Post #8703974

I don't know why you would even need lids at all. Isn't the purpose of lids to keep in the heat during the cold weather?

I would think you could still use the milk jug bottom as a seed starting container. Maybe even reuse the jugs you emptied out after you transplanted the WS seedlings.
Decatur, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 20, 2011
8:08 PM

Post #8704977

I've been thinking of sowing in the Fall, after the intense heat of summer. Is that still considered winter sowing? It seems that many start their seeds in Jan. or Feb., even later. I'm not an expert at starting seeds but I wonder if there is an advantage or disadvantage to starting in the Fall?


Pueblo, CO
(Zone 5b)

August 15, 2011
6:57 PM

Post #8758421

Well, that is when Mother Nature sows a lot of her seeds. Here we have to worry about cold DRY winter weather that might dessicate seedlings - that is one reason to have a lid in winter. I like to "hedge my bets" and divide my seed and sow it at 2-3 different times.
Once I winter planted some Lupin seed that were supposed to have a long cold stratification period. They half-sprouted in less than a week, but then they sat there with just their seed leaves - some still hunched over in a sprouting U-shape - for several months. Weird stage at which to go dormant, but they didn't die and eventually got true leaves. Then I killed them transplanting them (oops!)

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