Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Progress in the Fresca Jug

 The arugula and Buttercrunch lettuce have sprouted in my soda bottles, on my back deck, outdoors in the dead of winter.

So my Winter Sowing efforts have paid off!

If you want to know more about winter sowing, how to do it, why to do it, visit Trudi her explain it all.  You can even get seeds from her for FREE if want!

I had read about this in Gina's blog a while ago but pushed it to the back of my mind as one of those things I would do someday.  The day came when I was completely fed up with winter, short days, cold nights, snow, wind, and the promise of spring still months away.  I bought a few seed packets of those vegetables that are considered "cold weather crops" and off I went.

You can winter sow vegetables or flowers, and you can start in December (December 21 is the Winter Solstice and many people begin on this day, specifically) and sow all the way through April in my Zone 6 garden.  There are a million reasons for doing this:  no lights, shelving, hardening off, damping off, space issues.  Containers are abundant (I use milk jugs, soda bottles, fruit packages, yogurt containers... anything that will hold dirt and let light in), and the price of seeds is a lot less than the price of plants, not to mention the selection.

These seeds were planted on January 19 and these photos were taken on March 4.  Because these are cool crop lettuces, they can go into the garden relatively soon.  I'll probably move them to their permanent spot at the end of the month.

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