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Winter Sowing: When to start WS in Texas (zone 7)?

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StillPlaysWDirt

StillPlaysWDirt
(Becky), Lipan, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 11, 2014
3:04 PM

Post #9745509

Hi all :)
This will be my first year to WS and I plan on doing a hundred or so jugs.. I'm so excited I can't stand it! Now that days are getting longer, I'm wondering when I should start? This week is supposed to be real warm (highs in 60s, lows in 40s), but we're not through with winter by any means. Average last frost here is mid April. I don't want things to sprout and then get slammed by a freeze only to die. Any help would be excellent, thanks!

StillPlaysWDirt

StillPlaysWDirt
(Becky), Lipan, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2014
8:55 AM

Post #9753397

I decided to use a combination of milk jugs and 2 liter bottles, next question is should I place the containers in the sun or shade, or maybe a combo of both? It's tricky right now with the solstice making the north side of my property shadier than usual. I wanted to house all my jugs in my square foot raised box which gets 6-8 hours sun in the summer, but right now it's a full shade spot. I also have a concrete slab on my east side that gets strong AM sun and shade during the afternoon and evening. Don't know what to do.. And hope starting next week is not too early/ late..
Mipii
(Robin) Blissfield, MI
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2014
1:25 PM

Post #9753559

SPWD...Blomma suggests placing jugs or containers on the North side of your house in full shade. Happy sowing! I have to wait til spring to see if I'm any good at it yet (this was my first WS experience too).

StillPlaysWDirt

StillPlaysWDirt
(Becky), Lipan, TX
(Zone 7b)

January 22, 2014
6:46 PM

Post #9753755

Mipii - you just made my day.. I wanted to house them in my unused (for now anyway) raised bed but was worried that it's full shade right now. Sounds like it will be perfect!! Good luck on yours, I hope you have great results. Did some lurking over in some WS threads and I was amazed at how easy everyone makes it sound. We shall see..
Mipii
(Robin) Blissfield, MI
(Zone 6a)

January 22, 2014
7:44 PM

Post #9753815

Sounds like your unused raised bed might be perfect to acclimatise those hundreds of seedlings. If all else fails, it's always fun to pretend I know what I'm doing...ha ha. Besides, mistakes are opportunities to do something over again, only better.

You've made my day before...good results to you too.

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