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Today I am going to share my 2018 Winter Sowing Results! I was pretty hot here in the high 70’s yesterday, so I decided it was the day to open all my milk jug greenhouses that I had winter sown back in February and March. It felt like Christmas opening up all the mini greenhouses! Yay!! Did you Winter Sow this year? If so, please share with us what you grew and how it worked out for you! I have had success every year with this process. It is always fun to experiment, and to see them many possibilities, for growing things using this method!
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You can grow sooooo many types of flower using Winter Sowing! Snapdragons on the left, and Zinnias on the right. I grew three varieties of Snap Dragon this year: Black Prince, Tall Deluxe Mix and Apple Blossoms. I grew five varieties of Zinnia: State Fair, Benary’s Giant Purple, Red Scarlet, Lilliput Mix and California Giant. This year I want to add more flowers to my vegetable garden to give it more of a potager’s garden feel. Can’t wait to see these all in bloom!
I always grow some marigolds for the vegetable garden, and now collect my own seed from them every year to plant next years flowers from. I grow three varieties every year and they are Star Fire Signet, Court Jester and Giant Mix. These are wonderful for the vegetable garden because they keep pests away. They also happily reseed there on their own, so I will probably find some volunteer’s as well.
Phlox is one of my very favorite flowers. I love all the varieties it comes in and the scent is awesome. This year I used up some seed I had bought last year, and grew three varieties: Cherry Caramel, Sugar Stars and Cecily Mix. The Cherry Caramel is probably my favorite variety, so pretty with it’s cream petals and cherry center!
I have not grown Calendula before, so am excited to have some this year. I am a sucker for any flower that resembles a daisy. The jug on the left is a calendula mix that I got from my friend Paula of Gapey’s Grub. The two jugs on the right are Ball’s Improved Orange. I am excited to try and make calendula tea with these and will be looking for more varieties this year.
What I am most excited about are these HOSTA’s!!!! I found a bin of hosta flowers I had cut back last year, that I left on my porch all winter. They were all dried up, and when I picked it up recently to clean it up, a bunch of seed fell out. So I threw a bunch of seed into 5 milk jugs, just to see if it would work, and it did!!! I have really tiny baby hosta plant’s starting to grow! The problem is, I have numerous kinds of hosta’s, and the seed got all mixed up, so I will have to wait and see what I’ve got. I’m hoping for a good variety!
Well, I didn’t actually winter sow any vegetables THIS year. But stay tuned, next year I want to get my cold season veggies planted using this method. I missed not having them done this year and ended up buying starts which I hate to do when winter sowing is so easy!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my 2018 winter sowing results! It is always inspiring to see all the different things that people grew from seed using this method. I would love to hear from you if you use the Winter Sowing method and hear what you grew this year! If you haven’t used this seed starting method yet, I hope you have been inspired to perhaps try it next year!
If you need tips on what to grow when, or the how to on sowing seeds using this method, don’t forget to check out my Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing article. Also, check out my post on Essential Seed Starting Equipment, to see what I use and how I use it, to start seeds indoors in the traditional way.