Winter Sowing Status Report #7

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Ive slowed down on winter sowing this week because I’ve been busy planting the cold weather vegetable seedlings. The timing worked out great because I was almost out of containers. I was able to wash and reuse the containers from the seedlings I planted for some of the seeds I sowed this week.

We’ve had below freezing temperatures the last few nights so I covered everything, including my sprouting winter sown containers. As far as I can tell, everything survived just fine.

Here’s a list of what I winter sowed this week…

Winter sown containers

  • Cinnamon Basil
  • Lemon Basil
  • Sweet Basil
  • Coleus
  • Scarlet Queen Zinnia
  • Zinnia mix
  • Candy Cane Zinnia
  • Oklahoma Pink Zinnia
  • Polar Bear Zinnia
  • Purple Basil

That’s 10 more containers for me, making my total for this season 143. I think I’m done, but there may be a few more stragglers. We’ll see.

At this point, most of my containers are sprouting.

Sprouting winter sown containers

Here’s the latest…

  • Cherry tomato
  • Early Girl tomato
  • Tomitillo
  • Marigolds
  • Sunflowers
  • Celosea
  • Peppermint
  • Peppers

The winter sowing FREE seed giveaway has been a huge hit this year! Thank you for playing along, it’s been a ton of fun. The number of containers sown by you so far is 677!

I have one more drawing to do! I’ll be doing the last drawing for FREE seeds this Monday, April 16th. That will give you through the weekend to get those seeds sown. You have until 5pm CST, Monday April 16th to enter your name for the last drawing (you can post your counts/entries in the comments below). I will choose a winner via random.org and announce the winner next week.

FREE seeds to one lucky winner!

Keep those blog posts and container counts coming! 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
Winter Sowing Status Report #6



 

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Winter Sowing Status Report #7

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This is my fourth season of winter sowing and it never ceases to amaze me. The weather here in Minnesota over the past week has felt like the return of winter. It’s been cold, wet and snowy… yes, I said snowy! The daytime temperatures have been in the 30-40′s F, and it’s been around the freezing mark every night.

I haven’t been checking my winter sown containers for new sprouts because I figured there was no way anything would dare to sprout in this nasty spring weather.

Boy, was I wrong. Despite the freezing temperatures and snow, eleven more containers have sprouted in the past week. I can’t believe it! Some of them are warm weather plants too. Amazing!!

Winter sowing containers with sprouts

Since my last status report, I have 16 more containers that are sprouting, bringing my current total up to 26!!

Here are my latest sprouts…

Winter Sown Cilantro Sprouts
  • Endive
  • Calendula ‘Radio Extra’
  • Leeks
  • Cabbage
  • Lavatera Blushing Beauty
  • Zinnia Mix
  • Zinnia Candy Cane
  • Zinnia Scarlet Queen
  • Carrot
  • Allium
  • Carrot Early Nantes
  • Cilantro
  • Petunia Mix
  • Sunflower Tall Sungold
  • Dill
  • Carrot Danvers Half Long
  • Whit Carrot
Winter Sown White Carrot Sprouts

I hope the weather will cooperate soon, some of my seedlings are almost big enough to plant out.

I would love to get my cold weather vegetables planted this weekend, but I don’t think that will happen. I’ll be watching the weather report like a hawk.

In the mean time, I will protect my zinnia, petunia and sunflower sprouts if we have any more freezing nights in the forecast.

Hey all you winter sowers out there… what’s your status??


Winter Sown Sunflower Sprouts

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

Winter Sowing Status Report #6 

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  1. says

    Hey Amy – Just wondering what your plans for planting out. When do you wait until? I have bachlor button plants that are over 3 inches waiting to leave their little container.

  2. says

    Hi Lady Bug! How are your winter sown seeds doing? I am planning on tilling the garden tomorrow (if the weather cooperates) and might even start planting out my cold weather vegetables. I feel like I'm behind, since it's been such a cold spring. If I don't get going on it tomorrow, I will start planting out the cold weather vegetables next week/weekend for sure. The warm weather

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