This is the second post is a series that I’m doing where I’m answering your FAQs (frequently asked questions) about winter sowing. Rather than write one huge post, I decided to break all of the FAQs down into categories. In the first post, I answered some winter sowing FAQs about getting started.
In this post, I’ll answer FAQs about winter maintenance. If you’ve never heard of winter sowing, or want to learn how to winter sow seeds, start by reading this post… Winter Sowing – A Step By Step Guide.
Winter Sowing FAQs for Winter Maintenance
- How many seeds should I put into each of the winter sowing containers?
- What should I do with the winter sowing containers if it snows?
- Should I be concerned about freezing and thawing of my winter sowing containers?
- Do I need to protect my winter sown containers from harsh cold if we don’t have any snow to insulate them?
- When can I expect to start seeing sprouts in my winter sown containers?
How many seeds should I put of the winter sowing containers?
Answer: You don’t want the seeds in your winter sowing containers to be planted too close together, because that will make it more difficult to separate the seedlings. But you don’t have to get too worried about spacing since the seedlings won’t live in the winter sowing containers for too long. As a general rule, I usually try to space my seeds about an inch apart in my winter sowing containers. I give a little less space for smaller seeds, and I give the larger seeds a little more room. For tiny seeds, I just sprinkle them over the top of the dirt. Sometimes I squeeze the seeds in closer if I have a few left over.
What should I do with the winter sowing containers if it snows?
Answer: Nothing, let your winter sown containers get covered by snow. It’s nice because as the snow melts, it will seep into the containers, keeping them nice and moist. In the spring after the snow melts off my winter sown containers, I go out there once and a while and toss more snow on top – that makes it easy to water them.
Should I be concerned about freezing and thawing of my winter sowing containers?
Answer: No. The seeds in your winter sown containers are going through the same treatment as the seeds that have sown themselves naturally in the ground. It sounds funny, but the seeds are programmed to know when it’s safe to start growing. So don’t worry about your winter sown seeds, let nature take its course.
Do I need to protect my winter sown containers from harsh cold if we don’t have any snow to insulate them?
Answer: No, put your winter sowing containers out there in the freezing cold… and forget about them until spring. That’s the beauty of winter sowing!
When can I expect to start seeing sprouts in my winter sown containers?
Answer: Once the weather starts to warm up a bit in the early spring, you’ll start to see sprouts in your winter sowing containers. On average, I will start to see sprouts in my winter sown containers in early March… but I’m in Minneapolis z4b. Warmer zones will start to see sprouts much earlier. The first time you see green in your winter sowing containers is very exciting!
Get more of your winter sowing questions answered by reading my other Winter Sowing FAQ posts…
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