Winter Sowing Status Report #5

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Wow, the weather has been amazing here in Minnesota for the past few weeks. Not only has it felt like spring has sprung, but it feels like June is here. I’m loving it, but it’s making me feel like I’m way behind on my sowing. So, I went nuts this weekend and sowed a bunch of seeds. Here’s what I sowed this weekend…

  • Watermelon Moon and Stars
  • Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean
  • California Wonder Bell Pepper
  • Swiss Chard Ruby Red
  • Zucchini
  • Stevia
  • Peppermint
  • Oregano
  • Purple Kohlrabi
  • Latest winter sown containers
  • Mammoth Sunflower
  • Arikara Sunflower
  • Swiss Chard Large Ribbed Dark Green
  • Spinach Big Ruffles
  • Okra Red Burgundy
  • Okra
  • Cucumber Boston Pickling
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Cucumber Lemon
  • Banana Pepper
  • Jalapeno
  • Eggplant Romanesca
  • Eggplant Long
  • Okra Clemson Spineless
  • Serrano Chili Pepper
  • Hot Red Cherry Pepper
  • Orange California Wonder
  • Jamaican Red Pepper
  • Romano Pole Bean
  • Sweet Chocolate Bell Pepper
  • Corno d’ Toro Sweet Pepper
  • Pole Beans

That’s 34 more containers for me making my total for this season 106. Oh boy, I’m running out of containers.

I found more sprouts too, here’s what’s sprouting this week…

  • GA Collards
  • Kohlrabi
  • Latest winter sown sprouts
    Latest winter sown sprouts

    Endive

  • Lettuce Lollo Rossa
  • Mustard Red Frills
  • Lettuce Mix
  • Arikara Sunflower
  • Spinach Razzle Dazzle
  • Cucumber White Wonder
  • Chamomile
  • Radish Mix
  • Turnip Purple Top
  • Greek Radish
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Purple Kohlrabi

I prepared a few garden beds under the greenhouse and hope to start planting out the cold weather vegetables this weekend. I can’t wait!

For those of you who have been following along and winter sowing with me, your container count is up to… 624

That’s a lot of seeds!

Don’t forget to sign up for the next drawing to win FREE seeds. You can sign up at any time. I’ll do the next drawing in a week or so. Read this post for more details of all the ways you can win, even if you’re not winter sowing… How to win FREE seeds

In case you missed them, here are links to my previous winter sowing status reports:

Winter Sowing Status Report #1
Winter Sowing Status Report #2
Winter Sowing Status Report #3
Winter Sowing Status Report #4



 

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  1. says

    Wow! You got busy this weekend!! I just sowed 7 jugs of tomatoes this weekend. I think we're done planting (for now!), but I have a question for you. I also have sprouts in my milk jugs, what should we do if it gets back to below freezing temps for a few days? Should we be tossing a blanket or sheet over the containers? Or should I not be worried?

    • says

      Yes, and I'll be doing more this weekend! Wow, 7 jugs of tomatoes, that's a ton! You must have a huge vegetable garden.

      As for the sprouts, if it gets cold be sure to leave the tops on the containers. Cold weather vegetables and annuals will be fine. It's the warm weather veggies you have to worry about. I would cover them with a blanket if it's going to get into the

  2. Anonymous says

    Hi Amy, just found your blog through GardenWeb Forum few days ago. This is my second time winter sowing and this year, I have done 26 containers and few of them have sprouted. I'm in zone 4…North Central Minneapolis. I have signed up with your facebook and am looking forward following you and learn more. Thank you for sharing. Meredith

    • says

      Hi Meredith, glad you found my blog! Welcome to the contest. I'm glad to see a fellow Minneapolis winter sower! I hope everything does great for you this year. Most of my containers already have sprouts! What a great spring we're having.

      Amy

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Winter Sowing Status Report #5

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This week, I’ve sown some beans and more annuals. I thought I was done with my vegetables for this season…but get this, I can’t believe it but I forgot to get broccoli and cauliflower seeds!!!

Those are always my first containers to sprout and I kept wondering why they weren’t sprouting yet…dah! I’m kind of mad at myself because now I can’t compare the date my first container sprouted (broccoli) from last year to this year. Oh well, off to the store to buy some seeds. I will be sowing them ASAP too.

Here is what I’ve sown this week…

Winter Sowing Containers
  • Pole Bean mix
  • Romano Pole Bean
  • Lima Bean
  • Asparagus Bean
  • Jiminez Bean
  • Blue Lake Bean
  • KY Wonder Pole Bean
  • Morning Glory deep blue
  • Sunflower Tall Sungold
  • Spilanthes (Eyeball Plant)
  • White Butterfly Weed
  • Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca
  • Petunia mix
  • Canderia Radio Extra
  • Basil Genovese
  • Marigold

That’s 16 more containers for a total of 87 so far this season! I still have more to go too, at least one more round of containers to sow.

The total number of containers sown by YOU so far is up to 283 – how cool is that!?! I’ll continue to keep track through the end of April, so keep those numbers coming.

It’s hard to believe that less than two weeks ago, those containers in the picture above were covered by snow!

In other news… some of my containers have sprouts!!!! So far, I have 5 containers sprouting… including kohlrabi, lettuce, collards and rutabaga.

Kohlrabi Sprouts in Winter Sown Container

Lettuce Sprouts in Winter Sown Container

Do you have sprouts yet? If so, what’s sprouting in your containers?

In case you missed them, here are links to my previous winter sowing status reports from this season…
Winter Sowing Status Report #1
Winter Sowing Status Report #2
Winter Sowing Status Report #3
Winter Sowing Status Report #4 

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  1. says

    I just checked my containers today and I HAVE SPROUTS! =) Pansies, strawflower, broccoli, onion, and painted daisy. Hoping to start more seeds this weekend – tomatoes, blackeyed susan vine, cardinal vine, soap wort.

  2. says

    Happy Sprout Day! That's alot of containers. Do you take a vacation to plant it all?! Interesting that you w/s the green beans. Do you do one two a small container? I've read that they don't like to be transplanted, but maybe that's not the strong w/s ones! I just added a new blog post of what's germinated so far, over half of our 52 containers!

  3. says

    Here is my sprout list!!!
    Pinchushion flowers, Babies Breath, Oregano, Aster, Catchfly, Salvia, Snapdragons, Marjoram, Catnip, Lavender, Lettuce, Rapini, celery, spinach, chamomile, painted daisy, ageratum, cilantro, dill, parsley, shirley poppies, sunflowers, lupine, chives, candy tuft, pinks, chinese kale, sweet william, alyssum, california poppies, corn poppies, gaillardia, cantebury

  4. says

    @Colleen – congrats!! It's so exciting isn't it?!? Love it! Soon you'll have so many sprouts, you won't be able to keep track. :-)

    @Michele – LOL, no I don't take a vacation day to plant them all…I wish. I don't plant them all at once, I plant the cold weather veggies first, then the warm weather ones. Then I move on to the annuals and perennials. It's a

  5. says

    Yes, you're right! So far from your garden are: Sweet William Mix
    Lamb’s Ear
    Grand Rapids Leaf Lettuce
    Strawberry Pink Foxglove
    Liatris Purple
    Dianthus-Hot Pink
    Salvia-Purple
    Dianthus-White & Purple
    There also looks to be something getting close in the Hibiscus and Columbine and Obedient Plant containers too!
    And the Sunflowers are starting

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