What is good for winter sowing in Texas?

Central, TX(Zone 8b)

I've not tried winter sowing before, it sounds intriguing and easy enough to do! I have a few questions to help me get started:

Which are the easiest seeds for beginners?

Which are more challenging?

What mistakes do beginners make?

What are your tips for beginners?

Thanks a Bunch,

Ms. Tommie

Brady, TX(Zone 8a)

I'm interested in this too. Also, what's the "best" medium you've found for seed starting?

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

I have done wintersowing in milk jug type containers for two or three seasons now.
I start herbs, vegetables and flowers in this manner.

As far as challenging, I've not noticed. Some seeds are slower to germinate. Some prefer warmer temps before germination.

A common wintersowing mistake is putting way too many seeds to a container. Overwhelming when needing potted up or planted out.

I've found if you start too early, the sprouted plants will need to be protected from freezes.
The theory on wintersowing is some seeds need stratification however the southern zones will not see the lower temps and the seeds will germinate early.

For soil, I use a peat based potting soil that I use for potted plants. The jug containers act as a small greenhouse. Condensation will provide moisture but I find in this climate I need to watch closely to keep the soil hydrated. Seeds will not germinate in dry soil obviously.

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

The mistake Ive made for the last two seasons is to start too early.

Altus, OK(Zone 7a)

steadycam3 - so when seems the best time for you to start?

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

My last frost date is March 1 so Im starting now, ie, 6weeks before transplant date. I think you would start later because your frost date is probably later. The first year I followed books and started in September!!

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