The Winter Sowing Project Update

The Winter Sowing Project Update

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.
The Winter Sowing Project Update

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.

The Winter Sowing Project Update

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 Winter Sowing Project Update

 

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.

The Winter Sowing Project Update

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”

3 thoughts on “The Winter Sowing Project Update

  1. Thanks so much for following my English kitchen garden blog, I really enjoy hearing about how gardeners all over the world are managing to harvest home grown food, despite the many obstacles we each face. Today I lost 30% of indoor brassicas to a probably now fat rat. Hey ho, onwards and upwards.. More room for an early radish crop. It’s -4 tonight , hopefully we will catch him. Thanks again
    Niamh

    1. Oh no, what a rotten rodent! Here they love peas. I hope to plant outside in the next week once my plants have been hardened off. Its above freezing here and it looks like another hot dry summer ahead.I look forward to more of your posts.

  2. Oh no, what a rotten rodent! Here they love peas. I hope to plant outside in the next week once my plants have been hardened off. Its above freezing here and it looks like another hot dry summer ahead.I look forward to more of your posts.

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