Winter sowing is an easy, low-tech way of using items from your house + Mother Nature to grow vegetables and flowers for your garden.
Soil (recommendations below)
Clear jug without a cap (milk jug)
Duct Tape (not Gorilla)
When should I start my seeds?
Frost Hardy Annuals (read seed packet) can be started on March 1. If the seed packet says Frost Hardy = Yes, you can start March 1st.
Tender Annuals (not frost hardy on seed packet) can be started on April 1st
- Cut jug around ⅔ down leaving a few inches attached and poke 5 generously sized holes in the bottom of the jug for drainage.
- Fill the bottom ⅓ of the jug with about 4-5 inches of soil.
- Water the soil heavily until it runs out of the drainage holes
- Plant seeds according to package directions.
- Replace the top half of the jug and tape it around the seam where you cut it. Be sure to seal it as much as possible.
- Place in a sunny spot in your yard where it will get rain and snow.
- Your seeds should be ready to plant directly into the ground after Mother’s Day.
- Check your jugs every week to make sure they are getting watered. Water through the top of the jug.
- Do not open the tape unless absolutely necessary
- Do not bring inside the house or garage.
- If temperatures dip below 15 degrees, cover overnight with a blanket.
Links and Resources
$$ - Promix Organix (Menards)
$$$$Fox Farm Ocean Forest Potting Soil (Farm and Fleet)
Favorite Seed Companies
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds