I'm spending a lot of time lately researching winter sowing. There seems to be a pretty high success rate with fairly low maintenance. I've also been looking up the possibility of container gardening more than I had originally planned. I've been looking all over the internet, reading blogs, watching videos, and learning everything I can. As with most projects in my life, I'm planning to jump in with both feet and see what happens. I've made some lists of what I'd like to winter sow, and it looks like a lot. That said, it was a lot of work last year to be bringing so many plants inside and outside every day to acclimate them to outdoors, and even with all that work, all of the cucumbers died, and many of the tomato plants were damaged from moving around so much. Winter sowing offers the ability to let nature do all the hard work. I still will be doing some seeds indoors, just to make sure that if the winter sown seeds don't come up, I will have certain varieties (particularly tomatoes and peppers). The other part of the lure of winter sowing is that it could potentially lengthen the short growing season here just long enough that I might actually be able to grow certain things that wouldn't otherwise make it - like melons! The long and the short of it is that if I have enough seeds, it's worth a try anyway. If I loose a couple seeds because it doesn't work out, it's a lesson learned and I still have more seeds to try planting directly, or try again next year. I'm going to see how many plastic containers I can come up with to start sowing seeds. I will update as I go. Wish me luck!
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