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Chaska, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 23, 2014
8:07 AM

Post #9754038

I am trying out Wintersowing for the first time this year. I have 6 milk jugs seeded and outside already, and I'll do more today. My main question is location.
I put the first six jugs out on my deck. (Here in MN it is VERY cold below zero) They are not covered in snow. I'm wondering if I should move them to the veg garden.. to let them get covered in snow for more protection from the negative temps?
I am sowing hardy perennials only this year..that are suitable for z 4. (monarda, huechera, hardy geranium, echinacea, veronica, coreopsis). I'm also trying some Shasta daisy... (Alaska) and I'm going to try some purple fountain grass... which is NOT hardy here... but I'm gonna see what happens.

I also have a question about WS veggies. I have heard you can even do tomatoes??? Does anyone know when you would put those out in MN? (our last frost date is usually around May 15 or so)

January 24, 2014
10:25 AM

Post #9754763

I am zone 3 so colder.
I would bury the jugs in snow.
Snow is a great insulator.
I tried tomatoes one year ---sprouted late June ---then green tomatoes in September---
I think that I used a short season type,but WS not good for tomatoes here.
Our growing season is short.
Staten Island, NY

January 24, 2014
12:29 PM

Post #9754831

I did composting and last year and I use some compost in my containers, tomato plants were sprouting up every where so I guess tomato seeds can do well being winter sowed.The rule says to sow tomato seeds 6-8 weeks before frost so I think we can try that.I will try a few winter sowing and a few indoors for experiment. hope this helps
Chaska, MN
(Zone 4a)

January 24, 2014
2:25 PM

Post #9754882

Thanks CLScott and cytf. I'll be moving my jugs. I think I'll put them just out farther on the deck, and let them get covered in snow.. (or shovel some on). Right now Ihave them by the house. I think they'll be much easier to tend in the spring, than way out in my garden.


Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 28, 2014
3:38 AM

Post #9757174

Just wanted to chime in to agree, I also think your milk jugs should be moved out to expose them more to the elements. Think of it this way: If no human hands were involved, and those seeds were scattered/dropped into the soil naturally, they would be totally exposed to the elements; snowfall included. Give them as much of a 'natural' environment as you can. Basically, all the milk jugs are doing is protecting the seeds from critters getting to them to eat them. :)


Le Sueur, MN
(Zone 4b)

January 29, 2014
11:31 AM

Post #9758196

Hello Hillabeans,

I work in Chanhassen, MN. and live down around Henderson, MN., so I know your neck of the woods quite well. I've never tried winter sowing, so I too will be trying something new. I'm going to try some perennials like Delphinium, Larkspur, Digitalis, Rudbeckie, and others to see how it works for me, though admittedly, I'll probably only plant a few seeds of each type, just in case it fails, so I have
something left over to start some under the lights in the basement. lol
Best of luck to you, and roll on Spring!


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