Roll call, etc - any Ohio Valley Winter Sowers

storygardener(5/6 central oh)November 24, 2005

Hi folks, Winter Sowing is FUN, a great winter gardening activity, and a super way to start many plants from seed.

Anyone that frequents this Ohio Valley Forum going to do Winter Sowing this year? (yes, I know some of you are doing it) Stand up and be counted!

I'll start...me!!!!!!!!! - this will be my second winter.

For more info on Winter Sowing, check out the Winter Sowing Forum at the Gardenweb. Folks are very very friendly and help there!

Beverly

Here is a link that might be useful: Winter Sowing Forum

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bolecke(5 OH)

Another central OH WSer here. 3rd season for me

    Bookmark   November 24, 2005 at 10:52AM
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michigoose(Z5OH)

I'm a virgin, and going to be trying this year for the first time....I"m going to try to be a little prudent and not go whole hog (yeah...right)

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gdionelli(z6 WV)

This will be my first try. I have high hopes!

    Bookmark   November 25, 2005 at 7:05PM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Michigoose..you crack me up...I was a virgin last year!

Gdionelli...folks are SO helpful at the WS forum. Good luck!!

Bolecke..didn't you bring some WS starts to the spring swap? I might be confused about that, though.

I can't wait. I am going to do my Clematis seeds in late December as an experiement - and see what I get.

....Beverly

    Bookmark   November 25, 2005 at 7:45PM
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bakemom_gw(z6 Central Ohio)

Yep, Bolecke brings nice WS babies to the swap. I have several of their baptisia austrailus gaining momentum in my own beds.

It's year three for me and year two of the newbie seed project. The last four newbie packs go out this week.

My excel sheet is set up, containers are ready and miracle gro is purchased. I'm starting with perennials after the solstice and working through a heavy array of poppies and calendulas in January and February.

I can't wait! This is really going to be a good WS year.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2005 at 10:38PM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Bakemom...I was waiting for your post. Bakemom is one of the biggest promoters (cheerleaders) of WSing!!

Beverly

    Bookmark   November 26, 2005 at 7:05AM
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bakemom_gw(z6 Central Ohio)

There's a bunch of us Ohio Valley Gardeners winter sowing. The nice thing is that our climate is perfect for winter sowing. We really don't have to worry much about anything except those late warm spells in late December - like last year.

IHO this is the best way to start perennials here in central Ohio and a great way to start numerous plants for gifts and donations. I love to winter sow the basics like echinacea and rudbeckias and then I shop for the cool and unusuals at places like Bakers etc.

This year I am focusing mostly on annuals. We start 12/21, so please feel free to join us.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2005 at 6:48PM
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Kymie17(z6a/5b NE OH)

I'm a WS virgin, too... but unlike Michigoose, I'm not going to play coy and pretend that I won't jump in way over my head from the very beginning! ;) lol.

I already have a long list of both annuals and perennials to WS, and I'm looking forward to visiting the WS forum soon.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2005 at 10:32PM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Kymie..indeed, visit the WS forum. Folks are so very much helpful.

Bakemom..I am waiting for Alison, Jeanne & Gina to chime in.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2005 at 7:52AM
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kqcrna(z6 SW Oh)

Count me in. First time this year.

Karen in Cinti

    Bookmark   November 27, 2005 at 9:28AM
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ellenp(z5 OH)

Third year for me here in Xenia. Anyone else from the Miami Valley? I'm going to be starting lots of purple for our domestic violence center where I do volunteer gardening.........Ellen

    Bookmark   November 27, 2005 at 10:33PM
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fennelgrl(Z6a OH)

Second year in Cincinnati. My seed list is many times what it was last year. I was inspired by my successes.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2005 at 11:07AM
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mrsgeekboy(z6 SWOH)

I'm planning on giving it a try for the first time this year.

Wish me luck!

    Bookmark   November 28, 2005 at 11:53AM
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alison(6b/OH)

Here I am!
3rd year for me as well. I've been preaching the gospel this year, and I think I'm going to try a "winter sowing party" for around the solstice, where a bunch of folks can plant some pots, make some plans and talk about our gardens. I'll have containers at home, of course, but I'm also starting a lot at work, for the garden there.

Looking forward to it!

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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

We've got more...Great! Fennelgirl, mrsgeekboy, Kqrma, ellenp and, of course, Alison! Good- we can do the local "countdown" of the Ohio Valley and keep tabs on how things are sprouting in our area if you like.

Alison...I LOVE your idea of the WS party!!! Fantastic. Let us know all about it.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2005 at 4:15PM
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alison(6b/OH)

When I was out in the yard last night, it occurred to me that I have a good 30 or so of those silver bags from Starbucks -- I bet those would make great containers, with a plastic bag slipped over the top. Take the bags, a big bag of soil, a couple of seed packs... and you've got a planting party!

Good idea, Bev. I was really interested to see the different germination rates just across town at Karen's -- it'll be neat to track the Ohio contribution!

    Bookmark   November 30, 2005 at 12:02PM
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gardengirl_17(z5 OH)

Count me in. I got some wonderful seeds to WS this year!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 11:41AM
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michigoose(Z5OH)

Ok...I'll admit it...I must be obsessive compulsive...I've been buying seeds like crazy and I haven't even done this yet...and I had some seeds left over from last year...What a dope! Now if only I can re-collect the containers that dh dutifully destroyed.....

    Bookmark   December 5, 2005 at 7:47PM
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strmywthr3(Central OH z5)

I'm a newbie this year. can't wait to get started! Dreaming of all the plants I'll have next year!

Barbi

    Bookmark   December 10, 2005 at 10:04PM
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jeanne

A little late to the party, but here I am!

I've been winter sowing for awhile - I started the winter of 92/93. I've always sown in open flats though, this will be the first year I've tried recycled containers.

We'll see if this old dog can't learn a new trick. ;-)

    Bookmark   December 11, 2005 at 10:30AM
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bakemom_gw(z6 Central Ohio)

Jeanne, I'm looking forward to seeing the list of seeds you are winter sowing. You seem to find the most interesting items.

I have a fairly detailed spreadsheet that I create on Excel each year. It's up and running with my seed lists. At the end of the season, if anyone is interested, I would be happy to email it. I'm going to be disciplined with it this year as I think it's a nice variety of seeds from different sources that might interest the winter sower who has done this a few times.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2005 at 11:18AM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

This year I am going to keep better track. I doubt I'll do it on the computer. I'll have it in my notebook - seed, source, container, date planted, results. Do I need more?

Jeanne...I didn't realize you've been doing the "Jeanne" version of WS all these years. GREAT! You'll have to let us know how it all compares. Bakemom is right...you always have such neat plants. I am lucky to be the recipient of some of your nice seedlings!

    Bookmark   December 11, 2005 at 11:28AM
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kowalleka(z6 OH)

Count me in! This will be my second year WS in the Cincinnati/Hamilton area. Last year was small - only about 30 containers of seeds. This year will be quite an expansion. I am definitely hooked on WS.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2005 at 12:37PM
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JoyceKy1(z6 ky)

Hey everyone...This is my first year to winter sow,but I can tell you I am hooked. I have a lot of seeds to sow thanks to very generous gardenweb members.I have bought some seeds also. I am so excited! I can't wait. Oh, I live about 30 miles from where the old Ohio Bridge comes into Maysville Ky. HAPPY WINTERSOWING......Pauletta

    Bookmark   December 19, 2005 at 11:44PM
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Kymie17(z6a/5b NE OH)

Alright, I already have a question. I have lots of sturdy pint and gallon containers leftover from last summer's plant buys. I also have a number of freezer bags that I am loathe to throw away but am also loathe to reuse for food because they contained frozen chicken.

My thought process goes something like this: I want just (3) of a certain large perennial, so I start (3) gallon containers, each with 5 or 6 seeds in them since the packet contains 20 or so anyway. I top them off with the upside-down freezer bags so that I can get at least one more use out of those, too. When the seedlings get to be an inch or two tall, I transplant or thin them out to one per pot.

Does that make sense, or should I have some more coffee before I do any more planning on this one? :)

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 3:00PM
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alison(6b/OH)

That sounds good to me.

Be sure to put holes in the freezer bags; that thick plastic will probably hold heat a treat. (I usually use flimsy clear plastic trash bags.)

If you could prop them up,, you could probably use some of those gallon freezer bags as containers, too. I'm using some of the dozens of Starbucks grounds bags I've accumulated!

    Bookmark   December 27, 2005 at 3:05PM
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Kymie17(z6a/5b NE OH)

Oh... good idea, Alison. I never really thought about using the bags to actually plant in, but the freezer bags should stand up to that. And some of the bigger ones... well, I could probably even just close the tops and then poke holes in them to vent.

Hmm... guess I need to buy more seed packets now! What a shame. ;)

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mamimo(Sunset 16)

I just realized I live in Ohio Valley, duh! Count me in as a 1st time WS-er.

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alison(6b/OH)

The Ohio Valley -- it's not just for Ohioans anymore!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2006 at 1:09PM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Absolutely, Mamino...

Alison..didn't you post a map of the "Ohio Valley" once. It actually covers most of the states that border Ohio, too. Seems like the weather person always refers to this area of the U.S. as the Ohio Valley too.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2006 at 1:46PM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Anyone WSing these days? Seems like it's too warm out. Go figure. Hope your WS jugs aren't sprouting yet.

Beverly

    Bookmark   January 14, 2006 at 5:03PM
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strmywthr3(Central OH z5)

I haven't started yet. partly procrastination, partly too much other stuff going on. planning on starting a few this week though.

Barbi

    Bookmark   January 15, 2006 at 12:47PM
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michigoose(Z5OH)

I've held off a couple of days, but I'll start again tomorrow. I think I have 13 thingies sown. :) Hey, it's a start...and the angelica gigas needs the freeze/thaw cycles.

I also harvested some seeds off my stewartia and so I'll try those too. :)

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 4:45PM
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princess_mimi(z5 6 OH)

OK Beverly! You and Karen, AKA Bakemom, have converted me! I have saved enough milk jugs for Beverly that I guess I'll just have to fill some for myself.

Alison, can you believe that she offered to have a WS mini party with me and Sam?!?! I guess that I'll FORCE myself to do it. ;) I bet Sam has too much FUN getting his two year old hands into everything!

I'll let you know what comes up!

~~Mimi

    Bookmark   January 26, 2006 at 8:16PM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Yippee...a convert! Well..I'll let you all know that Sam is two years old. We'll have a woopdeedoo time. We'll get some done if February...maybe March too - depending on the weather.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2006 at 6:23AM
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indianaplantlover(6)

This is my first year too. My goodness, Ohio must be a beautiful place during summer with all you winter sowers out there. Anyone else near Louisville? Have fun everyone, I am just doing my first batch this weekend. Vicci

    Bookmark   January 29, 2006 at 7:32AM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Hi Indianaplantlover! - Vicci - we all seem to be waiting for winter to do a bit of planting. Yes, I am going to do some hardy annuals and perennials too next week or soon after. I can hardly wait to get my hands in the dirt.

Beverly

    Bookmark   January 29, 2006 at 8:12AM
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alison(6b/OH)

Eggsellent! The recruiting program continues.
We'll get you -- and your little boy, too!
Mwahaha!

I planted another 6 milk jugs yesterday before the hockey game, since it was warmer outside in the sun than it was in my apartment!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2006 at 6:14PM
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clickermel(z6a SW Ohio)

Another Ohio Valley WSer here -- first year!

:-) Mel

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 5:32PM
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popsicle_toe(z6KY)

This is my second year for WS and 1st time in Lexington-KY. I think I'm going to do just annuals this year and most of them are tender annuals, so I'll wait until March to WS them. I had GREAT success last year and was so happy to prove my doubting DH WRONG :-)

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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

I know what you mean, Popsicle Toe - my DH just rolls his eyes when I start a new garden project!

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danaoh(SWOhio zone 6)

I'm from Middletown - this is my first time - I hope the seed gods are gentle with me

    Bookmark   February 9, 2006 at 12:13PM
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joyerman(z6louky)

Louisville here. I am wintersowing for first time.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2006 at 5:33PM
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ginam_oh(COL/OH z5)

(Raises hand sheepishly....)

I'm here! Sorry to be such a Gina-come-lately, but work and the house have been positively swallowing me up these past few months. Would you believe I haven't even sowed a single seed as yet? Last night I got my containers ready and hope to do some sowing tonight. This year I'm doing only herbs. Once they're planted they're pretty low-maintenance which will be a must. The to-do list for the new (OLD) house is long and growing longer by the day!

I'm hoping to make it to the swap and maybe pawn off.....I mean, SHARE......some of my herbs. Time will tell!

Nice to "see" everyone. I miss posting here! Someday I'll have free time again. Sigh.

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ginam_oh(COL/OH z5)

(Raises hand sheepishly....)

I'm here! Sorry to be such a Gina-come-lately, but work and the house have been positively swallowing me up these past few months. Would you believe I haven't even sowed a single seed as yet? Last night I got my containers ready and hope to do some sowing tonight. This year I'm doing only herbs. Once they're planted they're pretty low-maintenance which will be a must. The to-do list for the new (OLD) house is long and growing longer by the day!

I'm hoping to make it to the swap and maybe pawn off.....I mean, SHARE......some of my herbs. Time will tell!

Nice to "see" everyone. I miss posting here! Someday I'll have free time again. Sigh.

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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Hi Gina...it's so good to see you!!! Sounds like you've been REAL busy. Hope your WSing goes well and we see you at the swap.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2006 at 10:59AM
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ginam_oh(COL/OH z5)

It's been busy, all right. If you want to see just what's been occupying my every spare second, check out my house blog (link below). DH and I bought our dream house and now we've set out to restore it. Right up my alley, but it's still a LOT of hard work.

I've marked the swap on my calendar and really hope to make it, as much for the fellowship (and, of course, the food!) as for the swapping!

Here is a link that might be useful: Where I've been spending my time of late

    Bookmark   February 15, 2006 at 1:01PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

New procrastinating WSer here, from Scott County Indiana.

I whittled down both the annuals and perennials some, but know I would be totally stressed if I planted them all, they all came up, survived, and I had to find places to plant them all.

If they do well, I may never be tempted to buy another plant ever again.

Have many of you found that by WSing, it has reduced your urge to look at and buy plants later in the spring or summer?

Sue

    Bookmark   February 15, 2006 at 4:08PM
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alison(6b/OH)

Oh, no! I certainly still look, and occassionally buy. (And this with a tiny yard to put them in!)

But thanks to WS I have tons of plants. I used to buy one or two of a type of plant; now I can easily grow 20.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2006 at 1:48AM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Anyone have any sprouts...how far along are you?

I have perennials, half hardy's done. I've started on my annuals...will save some real tender-hearts till early april.

How about you?

Beverly

    Bookmark   March 6, 2006 at 4:07PM
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michigoose(Z5OH)

I've still got a few hhps to go, and my annuals. I have in about 100 containers now. We'll see. I'm not as gung ho about it as I was. It will be interesting.

I have clarkia and various sorts of poppies sprouted. My oriental poppy Coral Lake hasn't sprouted a one, even though that was one of the first I did, and I sowed 2 packets.....I'm wondering if that one is one which takes longer or has poorer germination.

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alison(6b/OH)

I still have about 20 things I want to do -- gotta get them out there this weekend!

I haven't been patrolling religiously for sprouts, but I noticed that the wild-gathered cornflowers have all come up. The plastic over the tray blew loose, and I saw all the little sprouts were encased in ice. I figured they were goners, but when I adjusted the plastic this morning they were all proud and getting taller!

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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Alison...I am glad you didn't lose those sprouts to the ice!

Have you planted your tender annuals yet? Folks...when do we start those around here? You know..zinnias, marigolds, morning glories, vines etc.

What's your experience?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2006 at 6:58AM
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joyerman(z6louky)

First year for me. I have lots of plants up, but cant bear to leave them out after they germinate, so they go under lights in the basement. I have bunches and bunches and bunches and bunches of little plants.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2006 at 8:48PM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Today...out in the jugs..I have iddy biddy bachelor buttons and poppies. Yipppeeee!

Love it...the jugs will bea poppin' like crazy soon.

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bakemom_gw(z6 Central Ohio)

I have 27 jugs sprouted right now in the backyard. It's the usual suspects - poppies, larkspur, sunnies, dianthus, lettuce and cupid's dart. Oh yes, all my calendulas. I have the tops off the ones that germinated too early in January - they seemed to welcome the fresh air. I'm keeping the tops in the garage for a few jugs that might need their hats next week. The rest of the sprouters have their tape off, but lids on.

Oh yes, mignonette germinated today. Can't wait to see that in bloom.

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suzsyard(Z6 KY USA)

3Rd year ws here. Gives me something to look forward to in the winter besides Christmas.
I have about 50 total this year. The dog took care of the rest.

Oh well. Pets or plants......hard decision sometimes. :0)

    Bookmark   March 30, 2006 at 4:56PM
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alison(6b/OH)

I'm still planting containers -- put out 8 this morning and I haven't even started with the vines!

I've got a bunch of things germinating, but I'm surprised at how slow germination has been. We hade a weird spring -- and it's not over yet -- but this time last year I had a lot more things popping.

I'm not worrying yet, but I'm curious how other people's plants are doing?

    Bookmark   March 30, 2006 at 8:26PM
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storygardener(5/6 central oh)

Alison...I didn't keep track of dates last year. I have quite a few things germinating now - gaillardias, diff. rudbeckias, poppies, sunnies, flax, bachelor buttons, lavateras, stocks, sweet william, cosmos, poached egg plant...

Yesterday I planted the blind-eyed susie seeds(thunbergia elata - white with NO black eyes) from your plants at the spring swap. I haven't done the millet grass yet. Have you?

I have done a great deal of my winter sowing in late Feb. and sporatically in March. Only the hyacinth beans and millet grass to go.

Good question..what do the other Ohio Valley WSers have sprouting now.

Beverly

    Bookmark   March 30, 2006 at 9:51PM
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