I couldn't find the picture I wanted, but the picture above of me and my dogs was taken on 3/4/2006.
So sweet - they were helping. Both of them are gone, but I am still trying to fill milk jugs with dirt. They couldn't figure that part out. :D
I don't have any sprouts so any pictures of this year's bounty will have to keep. Hurt my hand again yesterday (this time a nice deep cut on the palm/heel of my right hand). That'll slow me down a bit. maybe someone/something is trying to tell me something about this right hand of mine.
O well. Snow missed us last night, but it's colder out there than it has been in at least a week! Hope everyone is staying warm!
Celene - you see I have them tied and apparently where I decided to "work" was just far enough from their reach that they couldn't get to help much. See Max (the blonde) pulling to get her nose into my business? :)
Our giant new puppy liberated an Oxalis from its pot last week. I didn't appreciate his help either.
I've stopped calling the weather weird. Don't even know what to say about it except, gotta love that climate change!
Thanks for the new thread A. I just read the thread and was going to do it, but saw you beat me to it. ^_^
My dogs always try to 'help' me too. But it is more of 'Mom's on the ground, that means she wants me to play!!!!'. When I use to have a BIG vegetable garden, I had 2 Rat Terriers that I called the 'terminator' and the 'destroyer' because they loved the soft dirt and would dig up what I had planted. lol\
How many winter sow while there is still snow on the ground, like at least half a foot that will be there for another several weeks? I know that many have spoken about having their containers sitting in snow, but I think for me 'winter sowing' might translate to planting and setting out containers more like the first of March or end of March rather than February. Even allowing for a record snowfall that means I won't be snowfree til possibly the middle end of April, at the best the first of april still sees frost on the pond and snow on the ground in the deeper and shadier spots.
I took my peas, tomatoes, beans, red climbers and cabbage containers into the garage. I probably should do the same with the lobelia as soon as I can find where it is.
Hi, everyone, I just found this thread, and I have a question for you. Does anyone have experience wintersowing in an area where curious racoons like to tip things over and move things around looking for food? I've never wintersowed, and would like to try it, but I hesitate because of all the wildlife here in the woods. Thanks!
Mary, ws'ing in the snow is not a problem. The seeds that need stratification will get that, and the ones that don't will just set there dormant until it is warm enough for them to start to sprout. You just get it all out of the way when you can't be outside doing anything else, and they grow when they are ready. ^_^
Ky, WELCOME. The experience I have is to use 2 ltr pop bottles. Cut off the top about 2/3 of the way down. Put in about 4" of soil, put in the seeds and cover them slightly. (Oh, after putting in the soil I soak it real good before putting in the seed. Makes it easier to put the seed where you want them and starts the moisture) Slide the top back onto the bottle. (I sometimes make a slit so it slides on easier) then put 2 strips of duct take on either side. (You may not have to do the tape if you pack them together tight) Place them in a plastic tub (with drain holes in the bottom) or a cardboard box and pack them pretty tight. I have also heard of people tying a bunch of jugs together with string so they do not tip over easily. Hope this helps.
OH ... another trick to keep critters away from the jugs and your gardens ... put human hair around the jugs and also in your gardens. They do not like the smell of humans. You can either save it out of your brush or ask your beautician to save hair clippings for you. They will be glad to do it and a lot of them know the reason you are asking! lol
My wintersow season is over. I got zinnias, agastache, fennel. The rest have not come up yet. I think it did not get cold enough to suit them. hydrangeas, native hibiscus, Dames Rocket, Sweet Autumn Clematis, Texas Gold Columbine and a few others. This was my first time to WS and we just had a very mild winter. I'll try again next year.
People drop off kitties here in our woods, so they grow up with the racoons; they're cousins, lol.
We get the kitties all spayed and neutered ( wish we could do that with the coons!) and they have a heated insulated shelter, an enclosed back porch and a heated water bowl. Some of them are fairly tame. If I wasn't allergic to them, they'd all live in the house. :(
Now that my larkspur are up and running, it is so many little plants in the jar, how long before I will have to replant them in the ground. They are only 2" high, but they are fighting for spase. Also my orange cosmos is about 3"high, I guess I can take the top of and just protect them at night. We have about 3-4 weeks before we are usualy planting in the ground. I have just ordered more seeds and hoping it is not to late to do with them the W/S.
The kitties do earn their keep. Ever since they started showing up, we have no more mice in/around the house, thus snakes generally avoid the house now. I don't mind the snakes, but Mom freaks out over them.
They also keep the squirrels and chipmonks from burying their stashes in the gardens. However, the kitties will dig in the soil from time to time...lol.
If I'm gonna wintersow, guess I better start soon. We got an inch of snow last night, but it was gone within hours, as it got up to 40 degrees.
I take a lady friend of mine every month to the feral cat spay clinic here they do it for $10.
OK, *THAT* just came out sounding soooo funny to me that I had to LOL!! You take her EVERY month to get spayed!?!? Haaaaaaahaahaahahahahaaaa!!!!!! OK, I'm sorry, .. it's early and I've got the giggles.
I'm all done winter sowing, but was thinking... any "winter" sown containers, I would think, should be perfectly fine outside now... no matter what they are... Actually, would have been fine outside all "winter" long. ;) Isn't that the whole point of winter sowing? I never start anything indoors 'cause I don't have the space for rigging any sort of set up, and have no desire to spend the $$ on it all when I can just winter sow the stuff. >shrug< What can I say, I'm cheap! =)
Oh gosh lots going on here.Thanks Amanda for the new thread. I promise to work on learning how to continue a thread.
speedie you are too funny...And hey my indoor light set-up,has not really cost a whole lot..Seriously,as my dh is the one who squeeks when it comes to $$..LOL..I stole the plastic shelving out of his garage..LOL..3 sets,and we had 6 4ft 2 bulb flouresant fixtures,just doing nothing,used some fine chain we had saved and zip ties to hang the lights from the holes I drilled in the shelves...We were pleasantly surprised that it didnt make the electric bill go up. i love starting things under lights. Trying Lisanthus,Bacopa this year dont know if I started it soon enough ..Oh well...Trial an Error.
I doo agree on the WSing,I too love how cheap and Easy it is..LOL..i was told by tcs (terese) dont over think it,best advice ever...
I have more jugs to go out in the next few weeks,more annuals.. I need to get my Grandson started on this.. He is 7 he loves planting or telling you where to plant the talls one ...LOL
Oberon, You asked about doing tomatoes under lights ,I dont ,didnt like how they turned out,Ill be starting them later outside . Crit is right on great advice,snow...Your over thinking it...LOL..sounds like you still have plenty of time to get those veggies going.
Etelka,ive had good luck seperating young larkspur,do it early,Ive moved them outside in early spring last year,becareful of the tap root.
I think wintersowing is a fantastic, inexpensive way to get a lot of very sturdy little plants. For many plants, it's fantastic. I do have others that I prefer to start indoors, I go the plastic shelf/shoplight route myself.
I haunt Craigslist and tag sales for lights :) Old retail stores that are closing are an excellent source...I got boxes of 24 bulbs for $5, nicer quality shop lights for $1, etc.
Celene, Im glad you said that..great places to pick up used light fixtures...Yay..
I start my tomatoes in jugs outside,in a few more weeks..Ive never tried putting them outwith my other things,in the snow..Are tomato seeds a Tender annual,Probly not ? ive had voluteers ,soo that would mean you could ws them ..?
This is my first year attempting winter sowing tomatoes, so I hope they come out ok. I started 3 containers (if I remember correctly) of Bush Beef Steaks a couple weeks back, so we'll see how they do. Those are early ones, if I remember correctly, but do correct me if I'm wrong.
It was 70 and windy here today, and since I live in the middle of the woods, I didn't want to go out there and get hit by a flying branch or falling tree. I'm hoping tomorrow will be better.
Can you do winter sowing directly in the ground, say under a cold frame of some sort?
I'm not sure how that would work, KY, considering there would be no opening at the top for moisture to get in evenly to the seeds. True, it's not a sealed container in a cold frame, but I think a couple of things you need are good drainage and access for nature's moisture to get in evenly to the seeds. However, I have faith that you'd be able to figure something workable out! =)
KY,You asked a while back if anyone had problems with Racoons tipping over the milk jugs . Ive not had problems with the jugs ...And We have lots of racoons...
now the Garden on the other hand ...Last year we used bloodmeal in the planting holes ...WHAT A HUGE MISTAKE...OUR tomato`s were growing like gang busters ,best year ever ...Then DUG UP over night...AARRGGG, I cried...bloodmeal stinks when wet,coons loved it...ill never use it in the garden again when planting,Ill use it in the fall...
celene ,how big do you let them get under lights ?? Mine really took a dive when I moved them outside to harden off,It wasnt too cold,I didnt put them into the sun till I had them ,slowly exposed to it ,...They just got crummy ??? I will try agin tho.. I too hate planting PUNY plants ...LOL
I only wintersow Tomatos,I also was a bit worried about them when I started a few years back but I learned quickly that when you didnt see any topgrowth what you were getting was an awesome root system growing that you didnt see and the key is after they get their first set of true leaves is to transplant them once in a plastic cup burried almost to the bottom of their leaves.The wintersown tomato plant will be much more hardy and they can take a bit of frost,They are smaller when you set them out but within 3 wks they will catch a store bought or grown under the lites plant and the 4th week they will pass it up and produce and produce :o)
Great. thanks so much Tom. I have some plastic cups (12 oz). I assume as they grow bigger you remove them from the plastic cups and put them in either a large tub or into the ground. I would probably put them in black felt garden pots to gather heat for the roots in our cooler air. Allowing for an ambient temp on average 62F, do you think full sun would be best? And what sort of fertilizer? Lots of water? I have made so many mistakes in all of the above I would truly like toget it right once. or more??
Great ideas are to be had here, I see--thanks for the tips, everyone! Wow, no wonder the bloodmeal didn't work a couple years ago. It makes sense because racoons do eat small critters, so maybe they were digging for something they thought was living under the dirt. Sheesh...
Wow, lots of very helpful hints and tips here, thanks guys!! I did know about planting tomato plants as far up the stems as you can, but I'm with Mary in that I'm not sure what to do with the plastic cups. I've got numerous 4" growers pots, would that work just as well? I've also got 1-gallon sized ones, if the 4" ones are too small. Do we cut the bottoms out and sink those down into their 'permanent homes'?
Thank you Tom, for the reassurance that we need not fret too much about our winter sown tomato babies! =)
Tom, I'm giving your advice a try. We'll see how my WS Mortgage Lifters and "some kind of saved currant tomato that I know reseeds and will be a good candidate" tomato plants do, compared to those started indoors. :)
Has anyone started lisianthus from seed. I love the flowers but can't get them up here so I sent for seeds. My heavens they are tiny. They started germinating and then died. Teeny tiny plants. Would love to try again.
Oberon, Im trying to get Lisathus going under lights right now, waiting and hoping...says 10 days 68-78 degrees ,its been right at 10 days...fingers crossed..blue,red ,yellow ,pink. My petunias are germinating,Yay..
Seems to me all the seeds Ive planted this year are nothing more than Dust...LOL
I will only start a few Tomato`s ,I will buy the rest,They have the best heirlooms ever,healthy stocky plants.
Have you heard of trench planting tomato`s ?? Ive always known and have planted this way, with a gangly plant.
LOVE Motrgage Lifter...yummy...some guy developed this plant,I guess patent it or ? well anyway Paid off his Mortgage..hence the name...
Mortgage Lifter and those weird reseedy currant tomatoes are my favorite tomatoes ever. I was told to try Kellogg's Breakfast this year, so I am. I also like those Sungold cherry tomatoes.
I am waiting to see how you folks do with Lisianthus...someone here told me they're so long to flower that wintersowing is a good idea. A nursery here sows them in January so they're in bloom in June, they told me otherwise they'd start blooming in August-September.
Yes ,I thought the same if I started them outside ..no blooms till the end of summer...I wish i would have gotten them started sooner..Im redoing our bathroom right now also,and I work...LOL..im curios as to what I will end up with,if they fail I will buy them...I soo Love them..
We have been growing ML for years,I try some different ones every year...All for Flavor,not worried about producers...Kellogs is it Heirloom ? I like sweet 100 cherry.I love the Green Zebra..beautiful and yummie
Hi ladies, I was just looking at my Lisianthus seedlings and wondering why they have stayed so teeny tiny for the past 3 weeks. I had them near a south facing windowsill, but I now have them under lights because I thought they might do better here. Still the same size. One thing I have done with the inside sowing is to spray the seedlings with a solution of chamomile tea which has worked so far to prevent theses seedlings from damping and falling over. We'll see how well the do from here on.
My petunias are doing well with the same treatment this year. I'm trying not to over water them as I'm sure I've done in the past.
Kellogg's Breakfast is heirloom, I got the seeds at the Reynoldsburg, OH Tomato Festival.
If anyone wants reseedy currant tomato seeds, remind me in the summer. I no longer save seed, because they reseed in the spot where I plant them every year. They're tasty, indeterminant, fairly disease-resistant, and they make excellent raisin-sized sun dried tomatoes. I will probably have 20-30 volunteer plants that I weed out in May, too. I bought the original plant at Baker's Acres in 1998 or so, and I have no idea of the actual variety. At the time, I'd never seen a currant tomato before.
This is my 1st year trying wintersowing--I tried some coneflowers that I've had trouble w/ germinating, and I love the results. I moved the containers in under the lights (not a patient man here) and they came right up. I will definately be doing more of this. Also, I have several varities of milkweeds that I am looking forward to seeing how they do, but they're still outside.
By the way Kellogs Breakfast is an excellent tomato--one of my favorites.
I put my lisianthus on a warming pad, with a lid to conserve moisture. Patiently waited for the germination time and indeed saw some tiny little green things. but that was all and then they disappeared. touchy little critters. I just gave up on the flat. I have time to try again I guess but not sure I want to. So many other beautiful flowers.
The members who advised me to use pro mix with something that sounds like "mychorriza" for the planting medium and to use the chamomile tea spray were responsible for me going ahead with the sowing under lights. I had just about given up because of the seedlings disappearing due to damp off and other problems.
Im trying Kelloggs Breakfast for the first time too,and a bunch of others, that is probably my favorite thing about gardening is starting new to me tomatos and plants from seed, every winter with trading seeds I always get excited because of all the new types of plant seed I receive. I just went out and checked my jugs and now have pearl bush and father hugo rose sprouting and a bunch of others that I believe I already posted. This week is gonna be a warm week I can't wait to see what else sprouts by the end of the week. And yes after I seperate the tomatos to their individual cups, May 1st they go into the vegetable garden and I again bury them deep..
Ive warmed up the greenhouse room a bit maybe 74-75.. to see if thats good enough for everyone.. ; )
Having a bit of damp off with my hyacinth beans..Live and learn..I have more seed. I dont see any Lisianthus yet...and a few others I see nothing...I hate this part..LOL..I ve got a few more seeds to sow today,maybe outside too,if there is no wind.
Beautiful Garden..jealous..I have no flat ground...LOL
I think spraying seedlings with a 9:1 mix of water and hydrogen peroxide mix will help with the damping off. Supposed to retard fungus and such. Don't know much about it, but it has helped me get rid of fungus on the surface of several indoor plants.
I bought some decorative kale, dill, cabbage to WS. Not sure if that will work. Also need to plant seeds from the New Zealand delphinium place. Hope they do well here. Plus have two kinds of poppies coming from OSPS. Just couldn't resist. I have got to move my car from the garage. i have too many pots, plats etc of stuff like begonias and dahlias stuffed everywhere. Need them under more light. Going to start some more propagated dahlias today. Just to be sure I have ample of some of my favorites like Blue Star and Procyon.
KyWoods -- 'truer words...etc' I propagated two more blue star, two procyon and one Hockley Maroon. No sign of Clearview Orca sprouting yet. Keep hoping. also no sign of White Fawn. Planted five more begonias. My indoor basil, cilantro, parsley is slowly developing. I was looking at last year's pictures. On March 2nd last year I was adding water to my pond as I had around 1+' of ice taking up the water. This year will be so much better as I don't think I have even 2" of ice. Much milder winter. I should be ice free in another few weeks. Still plenty of snow around as we got dumped on pretty badly, but it will be good to see if the fish will come out.
We had rain here most of the morning. I walked around the yard to check the gardens. Of course my vole is making his presence known. Most of my sedum is coming up (not the Purple Emperor, yet) some of the Rudbeckia and roses are forming buds. I noticed that something chewed my new rose bushes down. I read that you should not cut them back the first year but something has gnawed them down or broke them off. I also have some Mums and pups popping up in the back yard. This will be the second season for my pups in a new garden so hopefully I have a nice display back there.
Well, I transplanted my Basil, cilantro, parsley from flats to individual pots; started lettuce, decorative cabbage, and the Millenium Delphinium seeds I just received from NZ. Will have to transplant my portulaca to small pots from flats pretty soon. Looks like pretty much all my tubers (well, at least the ones that were not obviously rotten) are sprouting. Lost Sweetness (Dahlia) for the second year running. pooh. but I have some nice dinnerplates among other sizes coming from Swan Island. They should be here the first of April. Anyone else's dahlias popping. Must be down further south.
9:1 mixture of hydrogen peroxide. I just replanted my herbs and want to treat in advance for damp off. You indicated that it could go on seedlings and won't hurt them. So going to give them a shot. It is soooo disheartening to slave over the little plants then watch them drop over one by one so I am going to 'steal a march' on the fungus or bacteria or whatever and defend my small troops.
I don't know the particulars and I'm afraid I don't have the time right now to learn about it fully and educate myself. I have heard that cinnamon was also used to treat wounds in people to ward off infection. SO. I don't think there's any harm at all in trying any of these home remedies. I'm not sure there would be "drug interactions" but you could certainly figure that out.
One lady on DG swears by spraying windex on her plants to eliminate all kinds of indoor houseplant creepy crawlies.
The hydrogen peroxide is to help oxygenate soil and tender roots and aid/speed germination. Also I'm told helps to combat soil borne fungus and other "things" that would thrive on a moist, damp, anaerobic condition.
Cinnamon - well, again - peeps on the propagation forums are rife with this information and I guess that's where i picked it up. Don't have a tub of it myself - fresh out, but I understand you can get a giant container of it at one of the dollar variety stores for cheap!
I have a forest of tiny mushroooms coming up in just one of my containers and it's quite a sight. Fortunately the plants are big enough to think about going to separate containers. :)
Good luck - and please share if you learn something new - I can look for the cinnamon info later today or tomorrow/weekend latest, but I have to keep running for now. Have a great day!
I don't get gnats but it is more the fungus I worry about that kills off the sprouts. And it is good to hear that it helps oxygenate soil and tender roots and aid/speed germination. I will spray my newly planted seeds with it also for that reason. the only thing I have in one of my propagating containers is a nice layer of moss. Interesting that it is only in one when the soil all came from the same tub of dirt amended with compost from the store.
I have been so tired from taking care of other people's critters this week I can't believe I am still awake. Might be time for a nap.
Today the giant puppy pulled my purple oxalis off the counter AGAIN. Maybe he thinks I should have a green one.
And my giant iguana found her way onto my seedling/plant shelf and knocked down a fluorescent bulb as well as (1) broke one of my three pride of barbados seedlings (2) upturned my papaya tray (3) knocked over 3 containers of seedlings sown indoors. :/
Two more excellent reasons to sow in jugs outside.
Ornery critters! I hope you are able to rescue most everything! I used to babysit a friend's iguana, and it would sit on top of the old crt computer monitor where it was warm. I called it a computer monitor lizard...
LOL...OH mee...howd you keep your cool...Deep breaths...Oh and a Laugh...I kinda felt that way after I had given the dog a bath thursday an yesterday,she decided to run into the wetlands and lay down,poddle fur,full of green slime and mud...She was Happy...Swamp Doggie...She is getting a hair cut this am...she already hates me,more so after the hair cut...LOL..
I see EEnie Lisianthus popping,i think the peroxide spray did something to my hyacinth beans ?? I did the 9-1 I know itwas not too strong ,lights and heat + peroxide ??? Oh well putting more beans in today..we will see..No spray on these..LOL
I cant beleive I let my wsings jugs dry out...???? Hoping the seed is still OK,Im sure it is,now it will just be a little behind...we will see..
I've done something wrong with a couple of things inside - will pass it on - plants don't need sun particularly to sprout. "Light" yes - but it's more of a temperature thing. I have probably fried some of my seeds by too much sunlight. Indoors anyway and enclosed in ziplock baggies - probably too much heat AND too much light.
I would be surprised if the peroxide did something to hurt your beans. It's supposed to aid germination. In fact I've read that a soak in a peroxide solution will cause lots of seeds to sprout within 24 hours! Crazy, but true! I tried it on several things last spring and was amazed.
What I was wondering if it was because I sprayed the leaves of the hyacinth bean while under the lights,thought maybe the the peroxide + light on the leaves caused them to burn ??? Starting some more...LOL..
Hoping this wonderful weather is not going to turn around and bite us all in the behind ...LOL..Golly it is wonderful like Summer...Oh Baby...
I figure with what I have sown inside and outside, and the tuber type stuff inside, something has to work. lol. God help me if it all works. I don't have that many people to give stuff to. My neighbor to the right is deploying in May and his wife hasn't decided what she will do. She is also in the military, but no spot for her where he is going. They have rented for the last two years and we hate to lose them. A really nice hardworking consciencious couple, plus really funny and friendly. And there when you need a hand. We live in a cul de sac and there are three of us that keep an eye out for each other, help out with snow, and generally visit in the front yard in the summer. Since their house sits not 15 feet from out\r house (they sit sort of at an angle to each other corner to corner, and we share a front lawn (most of which is ours) it is nice that they are like family. About our kids ages. They do gardening, he more than she, so I always have a place to give my overflow; them and the other young couple across the cul de sac. Really going to miss them unless she decides to stay on here knowing she would be well looked after by us and the other family.
this isn't really winter sowing but related. I got my saw horses out of the shed, got the 4x8 (with daughter's help as it is 5/8") from the side yard. I took down the shop lights from where they were snugged up against the ceiling. Cut the chain the way I wanted to in the beginning and have the lights up and all tidy and hooked to their power supply. Now I just need to lift that plywood onto the sawhorses, cover it with visqueen and load up with plants. Yay! I am cleaning out my kitchen and dining room of all the starters.
heavy plastic that comes in roles. People use it for all sorts of stuff, including laying down and covering it with chips or gravel where they don't want stuff growing up through it. My roll is 8" wide by 50' long. So I cut a 4' long piece that when unfolded gave me a 4x8+ covering for my plywood.
Id think our set ups under lights would fit under the wintersowing catagory,growing plants for our gardens...Granted not a true wintersow...but Id think ..its just the same..so to speak...No one will throw us out...LOL...They want to see what we are growing...LOL...
Tcs,ahhh glad you mentioned starting zinnias ...I need to get a few more things out there today,direct sow and jugs
Neat. I love crocus. Tried planting them in the lawn. Saw that in a book but they didn't take. I have some in my front garden and they come up through the snow even here. Because I move dirt around they have gotten spread through the entire bed. So neat.
Yup, speedie. My dining room is pristeen now. Took pics and will post when I fire up the desktop
Hugger - I only ever spray the soil with the peroxide solution if I'm using it on plants/sprouts. It can be used to soak seeds in to speed germination. Not sure what may have happened there - possible that the water on the leaves is what caused burn - that may have happened in the sun outdoors.
this really isn't new. I did the same thing last year. but here are some pics. they show some dahlias in shallow trays to see who is going to germinate or not. the ones that had started to grow I put in their own pots. I also propagated from about five where I only had one or two tubers and wanted to assure I had good tubers for next fall. Lots of shoots this year.
Very nice...I was thinking too maybe the hyacinth beans may have gotten dryer than I thought ??? leaf curl...hmmm ...thinking that was the prob,was not wilting yet,when I saw how dry they were...ahhh...
My seed flats weren't getting enough moisture so I added more water to the bottom wicking tank and opssss. boy are they wet now. Hope they will dry out a bit as they are germinating like crazy. Cabbage, lettuce and thyme.
LOL...speedie...I see we have our own comedian...Yay...lOL...I too have a sense of humor,a bigg one...
Ob,ahhh germination Yay...speaking of I have quite a bit of blue lisiathus germinating...anddd lots of other things...
ill take my camera out an about today...take some photos of my jugs...whats up...Everthing under lights is doing really well..I couldnt be happier...except when I rode my motorcycle Yesterday...That was really great...
I dbetter get off my duff and get this day underway,have a great day all
Huggergirl, I'm unfamiliar with Lisianthus, so I looked it up... WOW, you've got those!!?!? Did you Winter Sow them? We don't carry them, or their seeds, at work, and I saw that my zone is a bit 'lower' than what they require... and yet, in the Plant Files here I see that someone in Michigan has been successful in growing them, and you're in 5b, which is definitely 'outside' of their zone requirements, so now I've decided that I'll HAVE to have them. =) Do they self-seed for you?
Looking forward to seeing what your camera adventures bring! =) That reminds me.. I've got a few pics I need to take too. ;)
I'm sowing them under lights inside also, but will treat them as an annual since they won't overwinter in the ground here in zone 6b. I think they're so pretty that having them as an only an annual is worth it. Teri
I tried to sow them indoors. Even used a heating pad under. they barely started to germinate then just stopped. I have ordered another packet as I really really want them. Have for the last few years. So just sow them under lights in the house and mist until they germinate. How long to germinate.
This is what I WS'd yesterday. I am almost finished with my WS. I did see where I missed some angelonia seeds and I need to plant them...
I have also found the six packs that one buys annuals in, makes the WSing go so much faster than the other containers. I fill them with soil all at once, sow 6 different types of seeds - label them all and then put 1 gallon sized zip lock bag over the entire six pack...
Nicotiana Alata Lime
Calendula Amanda (yes, Amanda, I got these seeds from you ^_^)
Convolvulus Blue Enchantment (2)
China Aster Callistephus Chinensis
Calendula Carolyn (seeds from plants I grew last year)
Rudbeckia Cherry Brandy
Marigold Cottage Red
Nicotiana Crimson Bedder
Marigold Eskimo White
Basil Fine Verde
Liatrus Flouristan White
Amaranthus Green Tails
Sempervivum Mix Hens and Chicks
Amaranthus Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate
Dill Long Island Mammoth
Zinnia Marylandica Zahara Yellow
Love in a Mist Mixed Colors
Impatiens New Guinea
Zinnia Old Mexico
Nicotiana Perfume Purple
Nicotiana Perfume Red (I think)
Convolvulus Red Ensign
Snapdragon Red Rocket
Marigold Rusty Red
Marigold Scarlet Starlet
Zinnia Tequila Lime
Digitalis White Excelsior
Nicotiana Sylvestris (Peace Pipe)
Portulaca Grandiflorw Happy Hour Banana Hanging Basket
Portulaca Margarita Coconut Hanging Basket
Purslane Rio Yellow Hanging Basket
Portulaca Salmon (2) Hanging Baskets
Cleome Cleome Hasslerana R
Holy cow Carolyn. Weren't you going to your son's or something. I like the idea with the six-paks. that would take the replanting so much easier. I can't remember if I have any left. If I do they are in a large 33 gal garbage bag on the open deck by the shed -- under a lot of snow. I may trek out there and look although I think I am done with winter sowing for now. My New Zealand delph's have germinated (indoors under aerogarden lights). I can hardly wait to see how my WS stuff works when it warms up. Still holding in the teens for temp. But the clear blue skies and sunshine take the bite out of that. It seems to work here that clear skies mean lower temps.
Teri - I am not going to Holly's swap :( I wish I was. The swap at your house was so much fun! If you want, I can send some seedlings your way.
Mary - I still am going to my son's tonight for dinner. Made oatmeal scotchies yesterday to take over with me. I just need to stop home and get changed and pick up my cookies to take over.
I took yesterday off - it was just too nice to not putter around home. I also divided up some violets yesterday as well. I have a trade going on with those too. I should have some left if anybody is into AV's.
I wanted to get to the callas and dahlias, but spent the remainder of the day cutting back my type 3 clematis...
What a garden. Damien and I talked more about gardening and what we need to do it out in the valley. I am in a position to make demands. lol. A greenhouse, a raised area to do potting and such (spares the back a lot) a root cellar, small tractor --- I'm on a roll. Assuming I don't roll over and croak first. I get my confidence from Pirl, BonnieGarden and a few others.
I rodered Art Deco last year from OHG and they sent me a different dahlia. A great huge red one. It was nice but I really wanted Deco as it is so different. They said they would send this spring. Hope they don't forget.
Teri - I would love to get together! It would be fun!
Mary - I would definitely put my demands out there - you may get more of what you want that way. I pot up everything at my potting bench, but I end up with a sore back. I do have my stool there, but with my helper Merlin - I always let him take my seat. He is in the picture attached.
Anita - I had not heard of Dahlia Arabian Night before so had to look it up. It is gorgeous! I picked up another dahlia tonight when I stopped at Walmart on the way home. Walmart had Akita - which surprised me. Akita then surprised me again by jumping off the shelf and right into my shopping cart!
Carolyn, some other people who were waiting for me to have the swap this year, can't make it to Holly's and would like to get together here. We can all keep this in mind and have a small gathering that is a few hours closer to me than Holly and Ric's. Their swap is filled with so many different visual pleasures, but, if one can't make it maybe we can create alternatives.
Love that kitty! Before I enlarged the photo, it looked like he was deeply contemplating the picture on the wall, lol. Is there something above it that has his attention?
I bought some dahlia seeds from the dollar store. I hope they grow.
I have "winter"-sown Magic Fountains delphinium, Madame Butterfly snapdragon, Pansy 'Chianti', and Stock 'Vintage'. The stock has germinated completely, the others not so much. I meant to do many more, but I ran out of winter (or even early spring) weather a week ago!
I wouldn't have made this the year I tried winter sowing if I'd known there wasn't going to be a winter.
I have no plant lights indoors. How can I take advantage of containers to germinate my seeds -- mostly annuals -- now that it's spring?
Great Googley Moogley Carolyn, when you winter sow, you really mean it, huh!?!? =)
Mary, there's a few varieties of Lobelia that are ok to winter sow, they are:
Lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal flower
Lobelia glandulosa - glade lobelia
Lobelia spicata - pale-spike lobelia
Lobelia siphilitica - great blue lobelia
Lobelia spicata - pale-spike lobelia
I'm not sure what you sowed, but if it was any of those you should be ok. If yours aren't doing anything yet, give 'em about 3 weeks or so with soil temps of about 75 degrees F before they germinate.
As the Hitchhiker's Guide will tell you: DON'T PANIC. (in large friendly letters) =)
Before you run out the door, don't forget to give 'em a few weeks after the temps are around 75 or so consistently. I don't think you need to count them out yet. Then again, if you get some more, then you might just end up with nicely staggered bloom times. =)
I have things growing in my jugs. Some of them aren't making any condensation so think I am going to try to lightly water them. Don't want them drying out and killing what is trying to germinate or has just germinated.
I have opened many of my containers as there are sprouts in most of them. Yes Patti - making sure they have enough water is very important as it heats up - especially as I use a fairly chunky peat moss/pine bark fines soil-less mix to start mine in. I didn't have any vermiculite on hand to add this year so I went ahead, then read that as this type of mix dries it forms a crust difficult for seeds to break thru. :/
I also have moved some WS jugs back inside for cold stratification in the refrigerator due to the lack of cold outside typical of March. I'm not a novice seed starter, but I am starting a lot of native perennials and not much germination information on some, so it's sort of frustrating when nothing happens.
On the upside, lots of seedlings in most containers, so I'll be transplanting most to 2" pots as they obtain their second sets of leaves.
Im just getting eenie sprouts,soo far ,watered them yesterday...I had let them dry out...arrgg..before germination,so they are doing pretty good now...LOL...gotta keep an eye on them,this up an down temps...and wind..
Mine are chugging right along, despite the dog knocking over a full flat-I lost almost NO seedlings, I just flipped the inserts over and the plants held together very well--WS lettuce, cole crops and poppies are tough little customers.
ive been having trouble for weeks...Very SLLOOWW to load even the home page ??? i can understand photos being slow loaded...Ive lost several posts,lengthy ones too...very Irratating ...enough so I wont do photos anymore.Iwill try firefox tho... I Dont have any trouble at ATP or Cubits at all ???? Ever...So I dont know..whats up
huggergirl ... when I am typing a long post, I will copy highlight and 'save' as I go, so as not to lose everything. Also do that when I am finished. That way, if it does disappear, I can just paste it and try again. Just sayin'.
A. ... I hate to start new threads on someone else's thread, that is why I usually don't do it unless the original person isn't available. ^_^