I have 28 cups in a sterilite container with the shrubs and hardy perenials I thought would take the longest to germinate. The winter solstice is supposed to be the time which is Saturday, but here it will be above 60 degrees that day. I read about someone scattering poppy seeds on top of snow on Christmas Eve and some folks waiting till January.
I have plenty of seed so I guess I'll have to cultivate some patience:-)
It is sooo tempting to do them all now but I'm waiting to do the annuals later. They cant go in the garden till April and I dont want to have to repot them in between so 'm waiting till at least January for those. I think the shrubs and bushes will be fine thou so I did those already. This is my first year doing this so its really experimental. What works this year I'll repeat and what doesnt I'll try something else.
I really wanted gooblygobs of poppies this year because I have some that are still blooming now so I'm doing a lot lot lot of those now and in January too. Hope they take :-0
Yes! Can you believe it?
They were in a $1.00 package of a wildflower mix from the dollar store. I threw them in a pot on the patio in the Spring and the only thing that came up was this tall poppy which started blooming when everything else was dying even thou it gets below freezing at night. I figure that worked so might as well do a bunch of them:-)
Poppies will do fine now too, they are very hardy annuals. It's the tenders that can be a problem if they germinate too early in an unusually warm spell. I don't do tender annuals until around March or April. Most of those sprout very quickly in the warm weather, often in a matter of days.
Alright ladies, why aren't you forcing bulbs? The kits are on great sales and you get all that lovely color in Jan and Feb!
I just picked up 4 hyacinths yesterday and held back some daffodils and iris to play with. I don't like the paperwhites, to me the smell like burnt rubber. yuck
OH BOY!OH BOY!OH BOY! I am ready to start WS too! I am going to Lowes today and see if they have bulbs so I can try that too! I need more soil too!
I tried to get family members to get me big bags of soil for Christmas Gift,but they were not too thrilled with the idea☻ So, I will get my own soil cause am already out of it. This is my first time to WS and it is so exciting☺☺
If they don't want to do the soil, then I nice "big" gift certificate would be lovely. You can buy your own and get exactly what you want. :)
You don't need much soil for forcing bulbs. Hyacinths you force in water...the kit has it all including the forcing vase. :) Gotta love it.
I left a gentle hint about money or a gift cert. I'll have to wait and see what Santa brings☺If I get one more plaque about what a great Mom and Wife I am, I swear, I will rent myself out, not that I don't appreciate the sentiment,but I really need DIRT ♪ ☼♪ ☼
posyblossom you are a woman after my own heart...LOL And Cathy, it must be the name, I get nifty things like a new rod and reel, buck knife, etc. I do not get appliances for birthdays and Xmas. I established that a long time ago, I warned them I would get real, real ugly about that. And just think how uncomfortable those type of items are when they are "stuffed" in your anatomy! LOL
Hmmm, maybe your's and mine are somehow related? I got a rechargeable drill, dremel (which is MINE! I do not Share, MY dremel), and a little power sander with a dust catcher attachment. It's wonderful. I have COPD so I have to really be careful about dust etc...now if I can just quit smoking...not going well, but I'm making slow progress. I do love my MD, who said just keep working at it. every one you don't smoke is a plus. I'm think about trying this laser technique I've heard advertised that are suppose to help stimulate the production of endomorphisms and block the craving. I need to get more information on that, sounds a little out there. I'm allergic to the binders in the gum, sheesh, the pills are effective in that I spend hours in the bathroom, not good for my innards. I may just go back to the patch.
Anyhoo, I guess I really can't give my guys too much hassle since I like those kind of gifts. When they bring me roses it's the whole bush...LOL Works for me...it's truly a gift that keeps on giving...and I do love roses sooooo...
I've already wintersowed a lot. I made a new bed and put in poppies, hollyhocks, ironweed, columbine, amaranthus, and love in a mist. I still have to add speedwell and a couple of other things for W/S. Then in spring I will put some extra plants in as fillers. I have a few containers ready and another couple of 2 ft gardens I'm getting ready to put more poppies in. I put 24 packs of others seeds to stratify in the fridge last week. I will probably add and 10 to it this next week. Time is wasting gang. Hop to.
muahahaha I got three cherry trees, two blueberry bushes, and two raspberry canes in the mail today. I didn't expect them til next year! I ran out to the hardware store and bought FROZEN soil to put them into pots with. The guys there are so amused at me - they've been supplying me with gardening stuff all fall and winter lol. Today, we had to hack the soil bags apart, they were frozen solid on the pallet.
Warm them puppies up a little and put them bushes in the pots. Come spring I will be expecting some pies and fresh fruit. Just as long as it's not fruit slush!:(
I'm not all that organized really just bored out of my skull. I get cabin fever quick and have to do something about it. Feeding all the animals and such outside didn't give me enough to do so I started the sowing a couple of weeks ago. I got done with the first wave just before the ice storm hit.
The neighbors dogs dug up part of the garden and 3 of my containers I had with poppies in. Luckily I can replace all of them in 2 of the pots. I can't replace the black Peony poppy as I only had a few of those seeds. It will be funny next year as to where all those others will pop up. I found one container on its side in the garden empty, another in the field empty, the third is completely gone. They probably took it back to their owner so she could grow them.
I'M VERY TICKED AND I LET THEM KNOW ABOUT IT TOO. SAD PART IS, IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME THEIR DOGS HAVE DONE THIS, THEY ALSO DESTROYED 3 BRUGS THIS PAST SUMMER. THEY WERE MY FIRST ONES, THEY WERE NOID, BUT STILL IT ABOUT KILLED ME. I'LL NEVER KNOW WHAt they looked like. (sorry about that). The neighbors have never offered an apology or to replace them or anything, except "send the dogs home if they are bothering you." This was too much, so now we got a couple of male dogs to keep them out of the yard. They are almost big enough to take care of things and ours stay in our yard.
Don't be sorry, I'd be *tempted* to start shopping for a BB Gun, and would probably *think about* send over brownies topped with Milk of Magnesia Icing with a side of yummy x-lax covered doggy bones and fix the door so the dogs can't get out of the house until it is too late.
I never do the terrible things I think about, but I sure enjoy thinking about them, haha
I like your way of thinking.lol I have a couple of shotguns that I keep around to scare off the coyotes and to shoot the varments that try to get my chickens, but would never ever think about shooting a dog with one, unless it became vicious. So maybe an air pellet gun would work.
Missouri. It's not a stupid question. My to be daughter-in-law is Canadian. It took her a couple of years to figure out we aren't by Texas. Right smack dab in the middle of the USA. We usually have mild winters, sometimes it can be bad but not to often.
Well, I am zone 6a and we have about 15 inches of snow! Last year we didn't even have freezing weather until the middle of January . . . Gee I wonder how this will affect winter sowing? I just put my containers I made today on the front veranda, but should they be buried in the snow?
Okay, I've decided tomorrow is the day I start my first 4 milk jugs: Bachelor Button, Purple Coneflower, Coreopsis (tickseed) and 6 seeds of spider flower (cloeme). I received 12 seeds so I'm going to try half of them now. The morning weather is supposed to be nice, by bedtime back into the 20s. Crossing my fingers!
I just sewed paw-paws,hackberry,indian pinks and great solomon's seal in the greenhouse. I scattered poppies and larkspurs in the flowerbeds a week or so ago.
I'll be sewing more in the greenhouse after Christmas.
I feel for ya. I had a kiddy pool sitting outside with surplus aquatic plants in it one year. My neighbors SEVEN dogs came over and destoryed quite a few.It was summer,they were taking a dip and having a pool -side lunch,I guess.When I went over and told him he scolled the dogs like childred...yeah,like that was gonna do any good.
My neighbor's cats got into the greenhouse one year and rolled in my pots of catnip.That was kind of funny because it really didn't kill the plants..just smooshed them. B&E by "cat" burglers...LOL
My Santa(s) have bought me some wonderful presents that I didn't want, like expensive fancy clothes, jewelry, etc. Been there, done that. There is a pricey $$$ name cashmere twin sweater set still in the box under my bed from several years ago. Never been worn, tags still on. I hate any wool- it's itchy. I want COTTON clothes. Now I give them lists of suggestions, and often I get them.
These have included ProMix, garden tools, compost and worm books, compost thermometer, etc. This year's list has a circle hoe, timer for the hose faucet, Steeler sweatshirt, warm pajamas, ... These are things I WANT and WILL ACTUALLY USE.
Ooooooh I needed this thread this morning! Got a laugh out of the frozen potting soil--had the same problem a couple of years ago. I got the last bag at the feed store and it was a solid rock and they thought I was crazy. :-) I really gotta get my poppy seeds going; I have a ton of them if anyone needs/wants some. This will be my first year *deliberately* doing winter sowing...any suggestions for good candidates?
Cathy4, sure, as SASE would be fine. I'm in the address exchange. These are papaver somniferum; I've had some of them get close to 5 feet tall. I really like them, but they never want to grow where I WANT them to grow.
I had DGD help me set up hyacinths and daffodils for forcing this afternoon. She didn't really understand, she's only 4, but it's going to be interesting to see what she thinks when they start to bloom in the Jan/Feb. We did one pot just for her Mama. LOL
I just wanted to chime in here and let you know that I have been lurking on this thread and became infected by all of your excitement...I have decided to try this this winter. Never have I even collected seeds from my own plants. But now, you should see me. Completely gone. Just caught myself dissecting agastache pods under a magnifiying light with a craft knife...All your faults, you know:-)
I know, I know! I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to get to my pots through all the snow that has turned into ice, let alone chip chunks off my bag of potting soil. So many seeds, so little time...
lol, you are one sick person Bev, welcome to the club! I was just out freezing my beejeebers off planting the last of the hundreds of bulbs I ordered in a moment of insanity. These last ones went into any part of the garden I could dig into. Found some happy worms under the chopped leaves, that's a good sign.
Thanks for acknowledging my sickness:-) It seemed to have come on suddenly. I'm laughing cathy thinking of you planting bulbs. I just did that a few weekends ago. Gee, we've had some unseasonably warm weather, but nah...I waited until it was windy and freezy.
'Course I don't know why I'd laugh at anyone...I collected my seeds in my pj bottoms... from the backyard at least, not out in front! Yep red pjs with polar bears on them:->>
And, have not finished all the shopping/wrapping thing, either. Avoidance is a pain!
Good lord! people are still planting bulbs. Gee, if I had known I would have taken advantage of all those end of season bulb sales . . . Ah well, I will know better next year - besides, I will have a better idea where to plant them :-)
Shopping - hah! I let Amazon do that for me. *wicked grin* I ordered all my presents from one place so I wouldn't have to go out in the nasty crowds. Wrapping? Well, we didn't want to pay Amazon _that_ much, so yeah... I'm doing that.
I'm also making a total mess of my kitchen on a regular basis. The mop just doesn't clean all that mud up - I clean it off the counters and wait for it to dry so I can _sweep_ it up! LOL
Hubby thinks I'm nuts - I go through the day making the kitchen a disaster, and then clean it all up at night. He asked me what the point was.
I told him if he wants melons, he'd better put up with my dirt.
He laughed and shut up. *grin*
I now have three types of melons outside, as well as cherries and a few berries!
Lala_Jane - just jump in feet first with the insanity. It's better for you that way!
I finally was able to finish shopping (mostly) for DH today, as well as WS: 2 types of tomato, 3 types marigold, 1 morning glory, shamrocks (from Ireland!), spearmint, and forget-me-nots - and this is just for starters!
My DS was helping(?) me too, so it was alot of fun. He used my sharpie to write his name on some of the containers and tags. He just loves planting seeds and seeing things grow.
What type of melons did you plant, Sej? And woofie, you can winter sow almost anything, but you may have to transplant into bigger containers before you can get your starts in the ground. It depends on when your last spring frost date falls and if you can "fudge" that a bit using cover for tender seedlings.
Hi all! Been lurking around this forum as I've been collecting supplies and hulling seeds and happy to have gardening to do in these dark days.
Seandor, did you get your hardy geranium sown? They're a perfect candidate for early sowing and require the freezing and thawing. I tried one variety a couple of years ago with great success and am looking to try more. Were you planning to start the daylilies indoors? In any case, sounds like they need to be put in growing medium. Good luck,
Good grief - 70 degrees! Our Old House seldom gets over 60 degrees! Well, if they survive that will be good, but I am not going to heat the whole house for the daylilies - certainly not at the cost of natural gas. :-)
Thanks for helping.
Cathy4 - I don't think they will bloom until their second year. So, I guess I will treat them as an ornamental grass this year lol (assuming that any survive)
I have read that many need to be stratified first-so mine are in the fridge at the moment...read that they germinate faster this way. I should be taking them out the second week in Jan...will keep you posted :o)
No refrigerator necessary. Just putting outside in winter will provide cold strat in most areas, certainly Mn. That is one of the huge advantages of WSing. Freezing temps are not necessary. Most cold strat instructions say around 40 degrees. And the alternating natural swings in outside temps in most of the country are beneficial to germinating seeds.
I was just afraid MN would be to cold as I am not sure what the parents are of my DL seeds. I don't know if they were hardy for my zone-so thought putting them out when it was 30 below wind chill may not be such a good idea :o)
My other Daylilies will be OK because they have snow cover for insulation, but these would not if I put them in a pot. Besides, I want to try to germinate them in a few weeks-I didn't want to have to dig them out of a snow bank-LOLOLOL