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creadman
Rockford, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2006
5:19 PM

Post #2090967

I've been busy with my seeds, so far I have planted the following seeds:


Coleus
Impatiens (white)
Static
Passion
Pansy
Morning Glory - Scarlet O'Hara
Morning Glory - Mix
4 O'Clock
Geranium
Sunflower
Korean Hyssup
Butterfly weed
Stock
Petunia
Scabiosa
White Evening Primrose
Carnation
Black-eyed Susan
Flax
Viola

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creadman
Rockford, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2006
5:20 PM

Post #2090970

Some more pictures

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creadman
Rockford, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2006
5:21 PM

Post #2090975

Another...

Linda

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creadman
Rockford, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2006
5:23 PM

Post #2090977

Another...

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Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

March 6, 2006
10:40 PM

Post #2091598

My goodness you have been busy.
creadman
Rockford, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 6, 2006
11:35 PM

Post #2091734

Still more, but didn't take pictures of them. lol

Linda :)
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

March 11, 2006
9:54 PM

Post #2105296

What a great collection you've got started! Those little seedlings are so cute... :-)
creadman
Rockford, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 17, 2006
7:28 PM

Post #2119164

Thank you, I'm having fun! Can't wait for Spring.

Linda
kbaumle
Northwest, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 23, 2006
3:23 PM

Post #2133179

I've started marigolds (several varieties), tomatoes, african daisies, crocosmia, globe amaranth, echinacea, dutchman's pipe, bells of ireland, and a couple of other things. I've got sprouts on about half. Just waiting for a little bit warmer night temps so I can get them out into the cold frame. This is my first time for doing this, so I hope I end up with at least a few things! My biggest worry is damping off.
Gardening_in_GA
Chickamauga, GA
(Zone 7a)

April 3, 2006
12:39 AM

Post #2158815

The things that are doing good for me so far are, Zinnias, sweet peas, Hyacinth bean vine, and everything else is being really slow or got burnt when my husband put them out on a cold day the other day :(

Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

April 6, 2006
2:58 AM

Post #2167597

I wintersowed most things, but I did indoor sow a few tomato and pepper seeds. They have germinated and I plan on putting them out with Wall-o-Waters protecting them this weekend, weather permitting. http://www.gardeners.com/Red-Tomato-Teepees/default/34-952.prd
dehart
Arlington, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 19, 2006
11:11 PM

Post #2409741

I also had so much fun sowing and watching the seeds geminated and became baby plants BUT!!!

What do I do after that??? I meant, i was so excited to see the first set of leaves and then, NOTHING. They slowly die off after that. What did I do wrong??

What should we do after the first set of leaves?? How long do we wait? Please help me!!!!!!!!!

ed
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

June 20, 2006
1:12 AM

Post #2410184

I must admit that is why I like 'wintersowing' - no damping off...
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 20, 2006
1:43 AM

Post #2410332

As Anita mentioned above, there is no "damping off" with wintersowing. If you sow your seeds indoors and grow them under lights or in a sunny window, they can get "damping off", which is a fungal disease. Grow your seeds outdoors and you won't have that problem. However, do be mindful not to put them directly in the hot sun as it will dry out your seeds and soil. A location that gets morning sun is preferable.
haccprof
Camp Hill, PA

June 23, 2006
9:22 PM

Post #2425271

Just curious when the forum speaks of Winter Sowing; Are you planting seeds in the ground or in pots and exposing everything to the elements or is WS premised on using a cold frame.

Also about what month do you Winter seed - interested in trying impatiens, marigolds, sweet peas

Thanks

Scott
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2006
12:16 AM

Post #2425748

Scott: This website will give you all the information you will need to be successful with Winter Sowing. http://www.wintersown.org

Personally, I start wintersowing on December 21st - Winter Soltice.

Marigolds & Sweet Peas will do great with wintersowing. Impatients will not. Best to start Impatients indoors under grow lights.

Also, read through this thread http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/599007/ It will give you lots of great tips and comments.
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

June 24, 2006
11:01 AM

Post #2427115

Scott, I started in January. I tried impatiens and although a few germinated, I wouldn't do them again. It's easier for me to just go buy the 2 flats that I normally plant of them. Seeds that I loved the results from include lavatera, phacelia, morning glory and california poppy. I sowed others as well, but these just stood out for me. For some reason Shirley, my marigolds didn't do anything. I'll try them again next year.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

June 24, 2006
2:52 PM

Post #2427640

Your marigolds didn't do anything??!! I plant marigolds here every year and they thrive under my neglect!! LOL I plant them and water them really good til they are really established then I quit watering them and you would never know the difference. If I keep watering them regularly they still do just fine. I can't kill them!!
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2006
7:35 PM

Post #2428527

Anita: I think that Marigolds "thrive on neglect". I think they prefer lean soil with few amendments, just like Nasturiums which I planted & promptly forgot about them. They are now covered in blooms. I think Pepper23 is right. Just water and they'll be happy. I didn't wintersow Marigolds. I think I ran of out time with sowing to many perennials.
dehart
Arlington, TX
(Zone 7b)

June 26, 2006
3:13 AM

Post #2433833

what about oriental poppies? Can we ws them too?
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

June 26, 2006
1:09 PM

Post #2434676

I'm sure you are right everyone [about the marigolds] - I'll try them again next year.
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2006
1:23 AM

Post #2437244

Poppies are great candidates for wintersowing!
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 25, 2006
2:20 PM

Post #2657931

Which are the easiest poppies? I've never had any luck with them. Are any perennial?
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 26, 2006
12:51 PM

Post #2660941

I had wonderful success with California Poppies - I got them at Thompson and Morgan as well as Value seed. They are not the same as regular poppies as they bloom all summer long and are an annual. I will find out if they re-seed on their own.
KatyMac
So. Puget Sound, WA
(Zone 8b)

August 26, 2006
4:09 PM

Post #2661412

Anita, oh my yes, CA poppies definitley re-seed. Lots! At least here on the west coast. But they are easy to ID and easy to pull up when they encroach where they're not wanted. Cheerful things aren't they? I love all the poppies.
kbaumle
Northwest, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2006
7:58 PM

Post #2662069

I've not done poppies yet. Looks like I need to do that this winter and next spring!

Oh, wait, yes I did sow some poppy seeds out in the garden this spring, but nothing came of them. I guess maybe it wasn't good seed?
Anitabryk2
Long Island, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 26, 2006
8:32 PM

Post #2662191

I love them! I like them better than the Oriental Poppies. As much as the Oriental Poppies have beautiful flowers, they only last for a short period of time. I've already ordered more varieties of the California Poppy.
Shirley1md
Ellicott City, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 27, 2006
2:38 AM

Post #2663318

You're right, Anita. Oriental Poppies only bloom for a short period of time. Wish they lasted longer. I'll give California Poppies a try in '07.

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