Hi, I'm attempting winter sowing and was wondering when is the time to even start doing this. Ianna
You can start any time, just like mother nature would, BUT I usually start mine once the snow starts to fly. I don't have enough time before that. So December is good, or January, or February. Some seeds need a longer cold period, so that should be taken into consideration. Check out the winter sowing forum on the garden web. There is a lot of good information there,....especially Trudy, whom I believe founded the movement.
You can also check out the Canadian Winter Sowing Forum. One of the posts there is concerning when to start.
Here is a link that might be useful: Canadian Winter Sowing Forum.
I prep my containers now (I use those large 10 litre water jugs cut on their sides to allow more room to grow things in, and actually recycle about 75% of the previous years jugs that survived the cold without cracking too much) and fill with soil outside (where the mess still can be hosed down). Then I bring them down to the cellar to wait until the week after New Years, when I can concentrate on exactly what I want each jugs to contain, and then I plunk those jugs back outside until spring.
One year I started too late and it took ages for the bags of soil to thaw indoors - I had left the bags of soil in a pile outside, and because of the rains & subsequent freezing, the job of even trying to separate the pile of bags from each other was an adventure I don't want to repeat. The bottom bag never did get used as it was frozen to the concrete.
Thanks for the good feedback. I'm moving and will have to create a new garden from scratch once more (dare I say, yeepee)