Winter Sown Update #7

Greetings, everyone! It’s now officially spring, and I’m seeing a lot of life in my winter sown containers. I love peeking in them when I get home from work to see if anything new has germinated. So far I’ve seen successful germination from all three varieties of cabbage, all three varieties of kale, Swiss chard, peas, hollyhocks, stock, yarrow, poppies, broccoli, rhubarb, comfrey, pickling cucumbers, and Brussels sprouts ā€” and as I’m sure you know, that’s not even half of what I sowed! I’ll try to remember to take some pictures soon.

And while it’s not technically winter anymore, I’m still using the winter sowing method to get my annuals started. This last weekend I sowed luffa gourds, Long Island cheese pumpkins, blue Hubbard squash, one giant pumpkin (because do I honestly need more than one?), two varieties of basil, and zucchini. My garden is going to be packed!

Winter sowing annuals

Here’s a picture of some of the seed packets from the last sowing session, since I realized I forgot to take a picture of my setup by the time I was setting out the containers. The giant pumpkin seeds in the jar came from my dad, who grows a patch of giant pumpkins every year. The seeds are massive, and I watched him harvest them by aid of an axe last fall. It was a bit intense.

In other garden-related news, the peonies have started coming up ā€” I’m hoping this is the year I’ll finally get some blooms, but we’ll see! Also, the rhubarb rhizomes my dad gave me last summer overwintered well and have already started leafing out. I’m crossing my fingers I’ll be able to harvest some of it for a rhubarb crisp this summer.

Spring things are definitely happening here! What’s happening in your area?


2 thoughts on “Winter Sown Update #7

  1. carolee April 2, 2019 / 7:10 am

    Not much, but the snow has nearly all melted. Can’t wait to see pix of all your plants once they are in the gardens.

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    • Margo April 4, 2019 / 10:32 am

      I’ll be sure to post lots of pictures! I can’t wait to see yours, too, once all your snow melts!


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