Winter Sowing #shorts

Good evening everyone!❄️
Have you tried starting your seeds outdoors by “winter sowing?” Not only will it save you ⏰💰, work, and space, it can also give you a bit of a head start to the season. In the last 8 years, I’ve noticed that plants seem to be more resilient when exposed to the adverse conditions outdoors in early stages. ✅Seeds can be planted directly in place under cloches or into plastic containers such as milk jugs, water or juice bottles from winter through early spring. Cut the container in half, leaving the back side intact. Drill holes at the bottom for drainage. ✅Containers must be transparent enough to allow sunlight penetration as these act as miniature greenhouses. ✅ Make sure to pre-moisten your potting soil first. I prefer potting soil over seed starter mix. Potting soil retains more moisture from my personal experience. Soil should feel like a damp paper towel. Fill container with 3-4” of potting soil. ✅The tops of containers are left off to allow venting as well as water to enter from precipitation. You may notice condensation inside the bottles. This is a good sign so you don’t have to water.💦💨 ✳️If you live in a dry climate, you may to have to give supplemental watering. The seeds naturally germinate when conditions are favorable. ✅Place containers in a sunny location. These miniature greenhouses should be vented on warm days (50+ F) to prevent overheating and should be closed in the evening. ✳️You can start with cold-hardy crops like kale, other brassicas, chard, spinach, lettuce or mache. You may also sow self-seeding plants or varieties that require moist and cold conditions to germinate, also known as “cold stratification.” I usually wait to winter sow warm crops such as tomatoes, peppers, and basil closer to springtime (April 1st).🌷 ✅No need to harden off or acclimate your seedlings! Just sow them in place or transplant in their homes! Will you be winter sowing this season? Let me know in the comments! Happy gardening!🌱💚❄️ #shorts #wintersowing #seedstarting #seedsowing #reusereducerecycle #recycled #sustainableliving #growfood #organicgardening #vegetablegardening #growfoodnotlawns #k5winter

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