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Old 12-22-2018, 03:59 PM   #1
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Well....I've finished winter sowing all the seeds I've collected/purchased. I ended up with about 50 different varieties, all sown in flats. They are sitting, covered with screen, in my back yard. We have had very mild weather so far. The snow we had in November has all melted and there is no snow forecast for the rest of 2018. I would love for my flats to have a nice blanket of snow to cover them until spring, but we shall see.....

Anyone else winter sowing this year?
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Old 12-22-2018, 09:05 PM   #2
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I got most of my seeds out for the winter! There are a few more to add but the majority are done. I have around 50 or 60 species too. Now just several months of waiting, staring out the window and plotting the demise of the invasive trees and vines around my lot.
I didn't think to use screen, is the screen sitting directly on the flats?
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Old 12-23-2018, 10:03 AM   #3
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I got most of my seeds out for the winter! There are a few more to add but the majority are done. I have around 50 or 60 species too. Now just several months of waiting, staring out the window and plotting the demise of the invasive trees and vines around my lot.
I didn't think to use screen, is the screen sitting directly on the flats?
Yes, I put the screen directly on the flats. It's still above soil level. I don't have mine covered like you do, though. Mine are sitting directly on the ground, out in the yard. If I con't cover them with screen, I'll get all sorts of unwanted "volunteers" in them...and the critters will dig in them. If I had a little house like yours, I probably wouldn't use the screen.

And, yes, waiting for spring is even harder now that I've discovered winter sowing! I sit at my big picture window, gaze at the back yard, and dream about what I'm going to DO when winter is over .
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Old 12-24-2018, 10:45 AM   #4
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I like your set up, it looks like some of the cells in my trays eroded or something dug in them already. One of these years I'll figure this out. I used the lightest weight row cover fabric so it wouldnt trap heat, but it ripped a little, so I went back and put insect screening underneath for support, then the row cover back on top of that. With the heavy rains maybe it was just dripping on few spots more than the rest.
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Great job.

Today, I thought about sorting and sowing the seeds I've collected. Just thought about it. Hopefully, I'll get them out and in pots by February.

Hopefully, you will inspire me.
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Old 01-17-2019, 05:57 AM   #6
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I’ve been away too long, As we begin the new year, i hope everyone is well. I really enjoy seeing everyone’s winter sowing strategies. My winter sowing success was spotty last year but I think it was due to the type of potting mix I used. This year my focus is establishing a ground cover layer below two maples in my front yard. I’ll be wintersowing or artificially stratifying wild ginger, assorted violets, phlox, and geraniums, etc. the Wild Ginger is the only seed I have to artificially start with warm-moist stratification. The rest will be winter-sown.

But like dapjwy, I haven’t yet set out my seeds. Hopefully I can start this weekend. Most of my seeds have a short stratification period, so I’m still good.
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