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!!!


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.


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.


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
    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.


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