What is Winter Sowing?
Hi. I'm new to this forum and I am usually in the Canadian Exchange Forum. What exactly is wintersowing?
I've been starting seeds indoors in March to plant out each summer. I grow them in the spring after the Canada Blooms Show where I usually get all my seeds. Then I set up my grow lights and go to town in March/April depending on how many weeks it says to start them ahead of time indoors. Then i harden them off outside gradually and then plant them in the garden.
Is that wintersowing or am I missing out on a whole other way to grow plants?
If this is the same as wintersowing can anyone tell me how to get my poppies from growing spindly little necks and then flopping over? I keep them so close to the lights and gradually move them downwards so they are not craning their necks to get to the light but nothing seems to work. I end up plunking them in the ground, flopped over and they eventually grow nicely and bloom but it's still so frustrating at first.
Also, any ideas on how to fatten up my sweetpeas? i keep pinching them off to try and get them bushier but to no avail. They are long and spindly and usually fry and die out in the sun.