Winter Sowing Status Report #2

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The weather here in Minnesota actually feels like winter lately. Plus, the large envelope of seeds I was waiting for came this week, so I was able to get more winter sowing done!

Here’s what I started this week…

Filling containers
  • Turnip purple top
  • Arikara sunflower
  • Greek radish
  • Radish mix
  • Anise hyssop
  • Peppermint
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Sage 
  • Salsify
  • Mustard red frills
  • Calendula ‘radio extra’
  • Petunia mix
  • Snapdragon mix
  • Datura
  • Orange poppy
  • Marigold french mix
  • Morning glory
  • Lavatera blushing beauty

That’s 19 more containers for me, with a total of  32 for the season so far

The running total of containers sown BY YOU so far is: 

You guys are awesome!!

Don’t forget to sign up for the next drawing for a chance to win free seeds! Keep those numbers coming because every time you post your latest container count, you will be entered in the contest to win. And, if you’re blogging about your winter sowing, share the links to your posts here. Each blog post counts for one entry into the contest too!

There are several other ways you can win (even if you’re not winter sowing) — read this blog post for more details… Free Seed Giveaway 

Winter sown containers

In case you missed it, here’s a link to my previous winter sowing status report:

Winter Sowing Status Report #1



  1. Simne says

    Hi Amy,
    I've wintersown one container this week making my total 20. I have a question for you, and that is how do you know when is the right time to wintersow which seeds? I see you have done marigolds already. I'm in Zone 5b, and I'm itching to wintersow more, but most of the plants I have were suggested to be wintersown in March.

    • says

      Hi Simne,
      I start with the seeds that are self sowing, perennial seeds, cold weather vegetables and hardy annuals first. As the weather starts to warm up a bit (usually March here in z4), I will start moving into the warm weather vegetables and annuals (like tomatoes, peppers, etc). I save the really tender ones for last and sow those late March/early April.

      I sow a second batch

  2. Simne says

    Hi Amy,
    That makes sense. This is my first year wintersowing, so I guess I'll learn more as I get more experience. It sure is a nice way to still "garden" in the middle of winter.

    • says

      Yes, it's so nice to be able to start planting seeds this early in the winter!! I like that I can spread the chore out over several months, rather than stressing out in the spring trying to get all my seeds started at once. Experimenting is the best way to see what works for you, in your zone. I always tell people to plan to start a batch of seeds with their usual method the first year, just

    • says

      Thanks Beth! It's been a long time coming, so glad that have that off my to do list. :-)

      I'm thinking the same thing about the weather. I have been keeping my containers in a full shade spot, hopefully they won't sprout too early. The trees are already budding out, it's crazy. Even my parents can't remember ever having a winter this mild. I hope we'll get more

    • says

      Hi and thanks for you comment! What zone are you in? I'm in zone 4b and it's not unusual to start seeing the first sprouts of cold weather vegetables or perennials in February, but it's still pretty early. If you want to tell me your zone and the types of seeds you've sown, I could be more helpful. I don't think you have to worry though.


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Winter Sowing Status Report #2

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I winter sowed a few more containers this past week. Here my list of the latest seeds I’ve sown:

Filling up the containers
  • Foxglove Strawberry
  • White Carrot
  • Allium
  • Cilantro
  • Lupine
  • Money Plant
  • Gladiola
  • Peas
  • Forget Me Not
  • Golden Zucchini
  • Table Queen Squash
  • Connecticut Field Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Sugar Pie
  • Cucumber Boston Pickling
  • Cucumber Sumter

That’s 15 more containers for a total of  31 for the season so far. I have lots more to go!

What’s your count? Share your count here for a chance to win free seeds! I will announce the next drawing soon so keep those numbers coming! The running total of containers sown by you so far is:

Oh, and in case you missed it, here’s a link to my first winter sowing status report. 

Winter sowing peas

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  1. says

    Isn't it early to start sowing some of these? Most are 6-8 weeks before last frost, which is probably mid-May at earliest for you up there? Whenever I sow too early indoors I end up with plants that are too big and not too happy by the time they get to go outside.

    I love watching plants grow from seed though. =)

  2. says

    Hi Alan,
    That's the beauty of winter sowing!! We get to throw all the traditional seed starting rules out the window! We can start sowing anytime during the winter, and the seeds won't start to grow until spring when they are ready. Check out my blog post about winter sowing which explains how it works.

  3. Anonymous says

    Zone 5B- Western NY
    I am up to 58 containers. I have done most containers in duplicate so that I can see how the germination rate is for seeds sown in Jan vs Feb and eventually March too….just need to drink more milk to get those containers!

  4. says

    Lady Bug checking in with another 5 containers.
    Early Charm Aster
    Single Mixed Sweet William
    Wee Willie Sweet William
    Dianthus double imperial

  5. says

    Great job everyone! I've got to get moving on some more containers here. Amy, I just bought some Green Arrow Peas to try. I didn't realize you could plant them so early in the ground in Zone 5 (St. Patty's Day or so), so our crop failed last year when I planted them in June… I wasn't planning to w/s, but maybe I should now. Any idea of germination time with w/s? And I confess to

  6. says

    Lady Bug, great job! I see you did forget-me-not too. I had some in my garden that survived and spread for four years, and it up and died on me last summer. Weird. I have to try some asters, thanks for the reminder!! My garden is lacking color in the fall!

    Michele, funny you say that about peas. I struggled with them for a few years until I realized I was planting them too late in the

  7. says

    Since I'm in sunny Sarasota, Florida, I can sow straight in the ground, but I do have one Cassia seed sprouting on my windowsill. I'm jealous of your Lupine…it won't bloom here.

  8. says

    Hi LettuceShare. Thanks for the comment. Lucky you to live in such a nice place! Yes, the lupine is beautiful…but don't get me started on all the plants you can grow year round that can only grow as houseplants! :-) I used to direct sow a lot of my vegetables but have had better luck with sowing them in containers. The best part about winter sowing is that I can start them at any time, I

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