First time to wintersow

Brownstown, IN(Zone 5b)

I think today's the day. I just can't wait until January and it's only a few more days. As soon as I eat lunch I am going to sow my platycodon granddflorus 'Sentimental Blue' that I saved last fall. I'm using 4 gallon milk jugs and am planning on 4 or 5 seeds in each jug. Does that sound about right? I don't have anymore perennial seeds to do but will order and do more later.

Springfield, MA(Zone 6a)

Sounds great to me!

Fredericksburg, VA(Zone 7b)

Me too...I'm getting things set up to start, I need to clear the kitchen table........LOL

Brownstown, IN(Zone 5b)

Seeds are sown and on the patio. Cut a flap instead of cutting off top and it was a little difficult getting seed inside but I use a pencil eraser to sow small seeds and hope I got them where they should be. It would have been easier if the top was all the way off. We'll see, right.

Lansing, KS(Zone 5b)

Well I was so anxious that I W/S'ed 17 containers on the 22nd and 12 containers today! So relaxing to play in the dirt ( while the pumpkins played noisily with their new toys and games) and dream of Summer blooms!

Brownstown, IN(Zone 5b)

I feel sort of like being a slacker with my four but am so happy. You are lucky to have pumpkins to play around the place. All mine are grown up with some grown up pumpkins of their own. We have only 2 little people in our group now an 8 year old and a 17months old. Christmas was fun but tiring for Nanny

Fredericksburg, VA(Zone 7b)

For tiny, tiny seeds use an old salt shaker filled with play sand, add your seeds and shake them out on the soil surface. It will give you a better pattern and better germination. Gentle press the seeds down and lightly cover with soil. I water from the bottom up for those type.

Lansing, KS(Zone 5b)

Indy~ thanks, I have to remind myself of that sometimes when the 4 pumpkins are at ceiling volume and I want library voices. LOL!!

Doccat~ that's a good idea, I keep reminding myself after the fact. as I do have an old salt shaker and plenty of play sand!!

Alameda, CA(Zone 9b)

I always start in mid January, when we get our coldest weather. I'll have my hands in the dirt in a few days though. -I didn't get my bulbs in the ground before I went away for Xmas, so I'll be planting 300+ tulips when I get back on the 28th.

Brownstown, IN(Zone 5b)

Think I should do a couple more with a salt shaker? I forgot that I had read that. The pencil eraser works well, you just moisten the eraser and dip it in the seed and get one on it and place it in the soil and barely touch it until it comes off. I have sown impatien seed that way but I was concerned today with reaching in to the jug and placing the seed. I might try more and compare. Isn't that the idea?

Ellicott City, MD(Zone 7a)


It would have been easier if the top was all the way off.

You don't want to cut the top of completely, but leave a portion un-cut, so it acts as a hinge. Otherwise, you'll have to go matching tops and bottoms of milk jugs and it can be a pain! Make it easy on yourself!

Think I should do a couple more with a salt shaker?

Old salt shakers come in very handy when working with very small seeds. It helps to take the strain off your eyes and fingers. Just shake, pat down the seeds, lightly cover with extra potting soil, water gently (that's very important or the seeds will shift), drain the container & set outside. Voila! All done!!

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