My family thought I was crazy when I asked them for empty milk jugs. It turns out we drink milk faster than they do. I started my winter sowing project back in early January when no one but a crazy gardener like me was even thinking about the garden. I wanted to try a few perennial seeds and a few early salad greens for the garden. As you can see my shelf is filling up and I have three more jugs to plant today. You can use any type of recycled container as long as it lets light through and you can provide drainage. I wasn’t sure about the salad container. I made holes in both the top and bottom but it seemed to be wetter than the others.
I didn’t have to worry. A few days ago I lifted the lid and spotted tiny green shoots. I had sprinkled some Viola seeds that I had collected last summer over the soil in this container. I find that collected seed germinates better than most.
Imagine my surprise this morning when I checked the violas again and saw so many more plants. Violas grow well in my garden and last for months. It will be interesting to see what colours I get this year.
The flowers were a blue and yellow combination last spring. They are normally a cool season plant but last year I had one type that bloomed into July. It was from those plants that I took seed. With our summers getting warmer I need plants that will do okay with the heat.
I should have removed the tape on the jug for a better photo as this was taken through the hole of the jug. These are my spinach seedlings. They came up about two weeks ago. I will transplant them to a raised bed in my kitchen garden in about two weeks. Once they are planted I will plant spinach seed directly in the garden so I have a continuous crop. Spinach is another cool season crop and doesn’t like summer. It usually bolts as temperatures rise. I am determined to have early salad greens this year.
Want to learn how to winter sow? Check out my post “Lets Sow Seeds In Winter”