Winter Sowing Status Report #6

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The weather has really been throwing me off this spring. As I said in my last status report, I feel like I’m way behind on my sowing. So, I went nuts again this week and sowed most of my warm weather vegetables and annuals.

Here is what I sowed this week…

  • Summer Savory
  • Lemon Drop pepper
  • Casabella pepper
  • Sunflower evening sun mix
  • Salsify Taste of Italy
  • Marjoram
  • Morning Glory
  • Lavatera ‘Blushing Beauty’ 
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chocolate Habenaro pepper
  • Capsicuum annuum ‘fish’ pepper
  • Ghost pepper
  • Red Savina pepper
  • Congo Trinidad pepper
  • Red Caribbean pepper
  • Datil pepper
  • Fatil pepper
  • Early Girl Tomato
  • Tomatillo
  • Tomato Super Sweet 100 
  • Tomato Jubilee
  • Marigolds
  • Celosia
  • Datura
Winter sown containers

That’s 27 more containers for me, making my total 133. Whew, almost done.

I ran out of containers, so I started planting out the cold weather vegetables in the greenhouse in order to reuse those containers. Wow, I can’t believe I’m planting stuff in March!! I love my greenhouse!

Most of the containers from my first few rounds of winter sowing are sprouting. Actually, some of the ones I sowed in the last few weeks are sprouting already. It’s amazing how fast some seeds will sprout in perfect conditions.

I have 50 more containers sprouting since my last status report! I won’t list them all out, here’s a summary…

  • All the cold weather crops (kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli, etc)
  • Winter sown seedlings
    Winter sown seedlings

    Squash

  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Dill
  • Lavatera
  • Anise Hyssop
  • Salsify
  • Snapdragon
  • Petunia
  • Sunflowers
  • Morning Glories
  • Oregano
  • Cilantro
  • Poppies

Thanks again to everyone who has been following along and sharing their winter sown container numbers. The number of containers sown by you so far is a whopping 667

Wow, our gardens are going to be amazing this summer!

Free seed prize from the last drawing
Free seed prize from the last drawing (winner’s choice)

I’ll be doing the third drawing for FREE seeds this Sunday, April 1st. You have until midnight CST Saturday, March 31st to enter your name for the second drawing (you can post your counts/entries in the comments below). I will choose a winner via random.org and announce the winner on Saturday.

Keep those blog posts and container counts coming! After this drawing, you will have one more chance to win this season. There are several ways you can win (even if you’re not winter sowing) — read this blog post for more details… Free Seed Giveaway

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
Winter Sowing Status Report #5



 

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  1. Simne says

    Hey Amy,
    I was motivated by your last seed sowing status report, so I went ahead and sowed 10 more containers. It's nowhere near the numbers you do, but I just don't drink enough juice quickly enough! This week, I sowed Nasturtiums, oregano, thyme, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, Jalapeno pepper (supplied by you!) and yellow bell peppers.
    Simne

  2. says

    I love your idea of planting your seeds in those kind of containers with lids! I'm definitely going to have to borrow that idea. It seriously never occurred to me. I've tried recycling containers in all kinds of other ways, but always without tops in and put in ziplock baggies. Genius. Pure genius.

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Winter Sowing Status Report #6

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This past week, I got 12 more containers winter sown. I may have a few more containers left to sow, but I think I’m pretty much done for this season. Whew! Here’s the latest list of what I’ve sown (most are duplicates of what I’ve already sown either inside or outside)…

  • Mammoth sunflower
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Lavatera Blushing Beauty
  • Zinnia Scarlet Queen
  • Zinnia Candy Cane
  • Zinnia Red California Giant
  • Zinnia Polar Bear
  • Zinnia mix
  • Zinnia Oklahoma Pink
  • Begonia
  • Flowering Maple (pink)
  • Flowering Maple (yellow)
  • Sempervivum
  • Hibiscus (tropical type)

That brings my total container count up to 99 so far this season. Plus I have more sprouts!!!

Lettuce

As of yesterday, I have 10 containers sprouting!

Here’s what’s sprouting in my winter sown containers (in addition to the five I reported last week)…

  • Cauliflower (wow, that was fast!)
  • Broccoli (again – wow, that was fast!)
  • Spinach
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Swiss Chard

One other thing I wanted to mention… here in MN, it’s going to get cold again. The forecast over the next several days does not look good.

Kohlrabi

It looks like we’ll even get below freezing temperatures a few nights.

If you have any containers that are sprouting that are NOT cold hardy (like tomatoes, zinnias, peppers and other sensitive seedlings) – you will want to protect them on these freezing nights.

Rutabaga

You can either throw a blanket over the tops of the containers (which is what I’m planning to do), or you could bring them inside a porch or garage overnight.

Last year I lost some of my zinnia seedlings on a freezing night (they sprouted early last year due to the warm spring we had).

Most winter sown seeds that have sprouted by now should be fine (cold hardy).

As always, if you have any questions, ask away!

By the way, what’s your status!?!

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 
Winter Sowing Status Report #5

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  1. says

    It's wonderful to find someone from Savage!! I'm not too far away from you. We live across from Cty Rd 18 in Shakopee.

    I absolutely loved reading your winter sowing techniques!! So can you just leave the containers on the deck? Do you also need to water them often, say if you plant them in March? I guess it is a bit late to start them now, so next year for sure!

  2. says

    Hi RandomGardener!
    Great to meet you! Wow, we are practically neighbors!! Small world.

    Yes, as long as they are out of the afternoon sun (my deck is too sunny). Sometimes in the spring they will need water. But I rarely have to water mine, with the snow melt and then April showers. It's usually after the tops come off in May and right before I can plant them in the garden when

  3. says

    Hello Amy I read you live in Minnesota and would like to know one thing about your blushing beauty lavatera. Here I'm in Houston, Tx. Do you know what lower temperatures can lavatera survive?.

    There's my blog address and here my twitter.com/BetoEE
    Hope to know from you. Thank you/

  4. says

    Hi Roberto,
    The seed packet has this type of lavatera labeled as an annual. It will die when we get frost here, so it can't handle frost. I'm not sure how long it would last if you don't get frost or freezing temperatures. Good luck.

    Amy

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