Winter Sowing

What is Winter Sowing?  It’s fun way you (and your kids) can start flower seeds indoors today and leave almost unattended, outside for the rest of winter.  By May you will have seedlings ready to plant in your garden.

If you would like to learn more, please watch this short YouTube video by Susan Mulvihill*.

Susan Mulvihill Winter Sowing

To recap, what do you need?

*   Recycled plastic containers (allow for 3″ of soil in bottom and 3″ or more of space needed above the soil; can use smaller containers with less soil for short plants).

*   Something to cut the containers and make holes in the bottom. Electric drill/soldering iron/ scissors/box cutter (please be careful).

*   Potting mix with no moisture enhancements or fertilizer. (Espoma Organic Seed Mix – at Designs by Lee or substitute any good quality sterile potting mix.)

*   Markers – identify container on outside & inside on a label. (Sharpie Peel-Off China Marker – it is like a wax pencil. Regular Sharpies may fade and by spring you might not be able to read outside markings. That is why it is good to have an inside label. For marking the inside label you can use a soft lead pencil.

*   Labels for inside – popsicle sticks or tongue depressors work well. Or, you can use duct tape on the outside.

*   Spray bottle/mister – use to moisten the soil after the seed is planted.

*   Tape – packaging tape or duct tape.  (Clear Scotch brand packaging tape works well.)

*   To make it easier to plant your new seedlings, you can create separate pockets for each seed try this new experimental idea. Push empty toilet paper tubes to the bottom of the container and then plant a seed in each toilet roll.

If you don’t have enough toilet paper or paper towel rolls (cut those to fit), just space the seed apart so that they can be transplanted without harming the roots. You should be able to double the seed count. Please see SGC Winter Sowing Hints below for how to “plant” the cardboard tubes.

The SGC Horticultural experts have been Winter Sowing for many season.  Please take a look at their hints here: SGC Winter Sowing Hints

And, if you need help, please contact us and we will answer your questions as quickly as possible.

Contact Stamford Garden Club

Have Fun!!

*Video courtesy of Susan Mulvihill. Please click here for more from