Winter Sowing is fun :)
So, I've been sucked into the mad mad world of winter sowing this year. You may or may not have noticed there is a forum for that on gw.
Have any of you ever tried it? I know Velvet has. :)
I'm up to over 100 containers...I think about 110. I'm sowing all kinds of perennials. If they all live I am really going to be in trouble, 'cause I don't know where I'll put them all!
If you haven't heard of it, the idea is that you sow perennial seeds in the winter in containers (I'm using a lot of styrofoam and plastic yogurt containers). You then cover the container with plastic wrap and make a few holes for air and water, then...you wait.
Supposedly, there is an unbelievable success rate with this method. The seedlings are very hardy (they say), and there is no damp-off.
I thought it would be fun to try it and see what happens. I have sowed a lot more containers than I will actually need of most things, so if I'm successful I will be bringing some things to the spring swap.
I got most of the seeds on the Seed Exchange forum, which is a very addictive place to hang out (fair warning). Many things I got are not readily available commercially, certainly not locally and some of them can't even be found online. What first drew me there was the search for white beautyberry. I couldn't find a source for this anywhere, but lo and behold someone had seeds and it's a good candidate for winter sowing. I was only going to sow that one thing...well, you know how that goes.
Anyway, just wanted to share. At any rate it's been fun to play in the dirt this winter. And maybe I'll get at least a few viable plants out of the deal. If I only get my white beautyberry I'll be pretty happy. :)