If you have a little space outdoors and no space indoors, winter sowing is a perfect solution for you! Basically, you are helping seeds to get a jump start on the growing season by taking advantage of the natural cycles of the seasons. You will literally plant your seeds in snow, and your seeds will germinate at the exact time they are supposed to, with little help from you.
Ready to experiment with winter sowing? Join me as I give you some tips and tricks into the process!
When a seed packet says the seeds need pre-chilling or "stratification", that is a good sign that they will do well under winter sowing conditions. The process or chilling and soaking that gardeners do indoors is completed by the natural thawing and freezing outdoors (the way nature does it!). Sweet peas are a good example of this kind of seed.
|This poppy seed is so tiny the camera can't focus on it :)|
|Rub your fingers together gently to drop seed into the soil.|
|Gently press the soil down. Do not bury tiny seeds like poppies...just press them barely into the soil.|
|Label your rows and move on to the next one!|