What I Grew this Year Using the Winter Sowing Method

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See what I grew this year using the Winter Sowing Seed Starting Method- as I share My 2018 Winter Sowing Results! The Reid Homestead #wintersowing #seedstarting #gardeningSee what I grew this year using the Winter Sowing Seed Starting Method- as I share My 2018 Winter Sowing Results! The Reid Homestead #wintersowing #seedstarting #gardeningSee what I grew this year using the Winter Sowing Seed Starting Method- as I share My 2018 Winter Sowing Results! The Reid Homestead #wintersowing #seedstarting #gardening

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!

 

Winter Sowing Flowers: Snap Dragons and Zinnias

 

See what I grew this year using the Winter Sowing Seed Starting Method- as I share My 2018 Winter Sowing Results! The Reid Homestead #wintersowing #seedstarting #gardening
The row on the left is snapdragons, the row on the right is zinnias.

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!

Winter Sowing Flowers: Marigolds

 

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Marigolds for the vegetable garden.

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.

Winter Sowing Flowers: Phlox

 

 

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Phlox is my favorite, and I grew 3 varieties this year, Cherry Caramel, Cecily Mix and Sugar Stars.

 

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!

Winter Sowing Flowers: Calendula

 

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These 3 jugs are Calendula.

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.

Winter Sowing Hosta’s

 

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Most excited about these jugs that I sprinkled with seed from my own hostas! Wasn’t sure if this would work, but it did!!!

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!

 

See what I grew this year using the Winter Sowing Seed Starting Method- as I share My 2018 Winter Sowing Results! The Reid Homestead #wintersowing #seedstarting #gardening
Tiny itty bitty hosta seedlings!

 

Winter Sowing Vegetables

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!

Winter Sowing Wrap Up

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.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Paula Thomas | 10th May 18

    Nice! Looks like everything did pretty well! I haven’t tried this method but there’s a gal I follow on youtube that planted a whole bunch of stuff like this. I haven’t seen a results post from her on it yet though.

    • Tamara | 10th May 18

      Hi Paula! You will have to try it and post a video!!! Your video’s are always gorgeous! 🙂

  2. AnnMarie Lewellyn | 5th Mar 19

    Yeah! You did it! What a wonderful idea also about putting clear tape over your labels so the ink doesn’t get ruined! Genius! For anyone who doesn’t have a greenhouse, this is perfect! Thanks for sharing such an informative and interesting idea!

    • Tamara | 5th Mar 19

      Thank you Annie!!!

  3. Dianne Hadorn | 7th Mar 19

    You were busy with all that! It turned out great and love the idea of the clear tape.

  4. laura elersich | 17th Mar 19

    Hi Tamara
    I started my seeds in flex I plugs and my tomatoes are getting their second true leaves should I put them in biodegradable pots now and keep them in those until time to plant outdoors?
    Thanks for your input
    LauraElersich

    • Tamara | 17th Mar 19

      Hi Laura, yes, if you plants have their 2nd set of true leaves, it is the right time to transplant them. I prefer to transplant into plastic pots or even Solo cups, as they retain the moisture better in my opinion. So if you are using biodegradable pots, be sure you don’t let the baby plants dry out! Don’t forget to harden them off before you move them outside! Happy planting!

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