Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Winter Seed Sowing 2013

   Good night, #SeedChat see you here at the same time next week. -9:01 PM Feb 20th, 2013





   MT #SeedChat is help every Wednesday at 8pm CST 9pm EST. -9:00 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Transcript for tonight's #SeedChat will be up athttp://t.co/qkdr0lgozJ in a few moments. -9:00 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   #seedchat Unfortunately, we have all moved up a climate zone and we need to dial some things back a few weeks. -8:59 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Any ideas on getting the feral cats tokerp soil warm but not swish the lettuce? #seedchat -8:59 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Chickens, too. We let them free range in garden & pens when garden plays out. Chickens are hard on a garden! #seedchat -8:59 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #SeedChat is help every Wednesday at 8pm CST 9pm EST. -8:59 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   my grandpa always said plant your peas on St. Patricks day #seedchat -8:58 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   That did well for me too. (before) RT : last year i witersowed spinach about this time Z6a - best crop I ever had #seedchat -8:58 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   RT : A5) A few of my mini greenhouses. I've since added more jugs http://t.co/kdUY42DFVS #seedchat -8:57 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Can you pls tell me when you have I would love to join in next time! TY for hosting#seedchat -8:57 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat grew those for my Dad. They did well for him. Peas and beans. -8:57 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   last year i witersowed spinach about this time Z6a - best crop I ever had #seedchat -8:57 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   #seedchat One of my potential lots had a building on it last year. Wondering what I can start with. No top soil and can't afford it now. -8:56 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    You don't want your poppy seeds to get under mulch. They are light germinators and need to be on surface of soil #SeedChat -8:56 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    I've sown lots of peas but harvested very few, I keep trying though #seedchat -8:56 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Thank U, nice to meet you! #seedchat-8:56 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   RT : From  Seeder's Digest: Sow What Now? Seed Starting 101 Sho... http://t.co/m1eClztx8Z#seedchat -8:55 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Those were all the questions for tonight's winter sowing#SeedChat feel free to talk among yourselves or toss out questions. -8:54 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   From  Seeder's Digest: Sow What Now? Seed Starting 101 Sho... http://t.co/m1eClztx8Z #seedchat -8:54 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat I should start some peas now. Last year it got hot fast and they never had a chance to do much. -8:53 PM Feb 20th, 2013
     #seedchat try this I may have typo'd other http://t.co/I7WQy2Sgvj -8:52 PM Feb 20th, 2013

   RT : One of our #SeedChat -ers was on Michigan's NPR affiliate talking about winter sowing.http://t.co/Ls9JQpu5SP -8:52 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat late but HI Jody! -8:51 PM Feb 20th, 2013
     web page not available or is it my bad connection? #seedchat -8:51 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   A5) A few of my mini greenhouses. I've since added more jugs http://t.co/kdUY42DFVS #seedchat -8:51 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   RT : here's the lot  winter sowed for the#guerrillagardening project http://t.co/tEqd7OfyPk #seedchat -8:51 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   One of our #SeedChat -ers was on Michigan's NPR affiliate talking about winter sowing. http://t.co/Ls9JQpu5SP -8:50 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Here in NYC we are mostly zone 6-7 its time to plant radishes and peas #seedchat -8:50 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   . yay for goats and bees!!! #seedchat -8:50 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Q4: aside from the 1st day of spring mentioned, when there's no more cold & snow it's pretty much too late to WS. #seedchat -8:49 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Then sow your "special" seeds indoors and winter sow everything else. That's what i do.#seedchat -8:48 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   #seedchat This is our first year with double-covered hoop houses. Previously, we could plant after 1st wk of Jun. -8:47 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat well http://t.co/L3Lwjv0lMN -8:47 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   But I like sowing inside! It gets me through Feb/Mar!#seedchat -8:47 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat I would err on the side of caution and go zone 5 until your sure. -8:47 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Final question: Q5: Have any tips, links or pics you want to share with people who haven't winter sowed seeds before?#SeedChat -8:47 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat You are funny. We talked winter sowing all the time in Master Gardening class. March and April are cold and wet. -8:46 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Hey Isaac! Did you get all your homework done!? #seedchat -8:45 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    I feel like I'm on Family Feud 'cause I want to yell "Good answer, good answer!" :0) #SeedChat -8:45 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat pt2 the wintersown people claim that the process makes the plants hardier. to some extent true but cold is cold -8:45 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   In my community garden plot I have a polyester row cover but I have never gotten much growth under it. The feral cats sleep on it #seedchat -8:45 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   RT  #seedchat I would think after the first day of Spring it couldn't be called winter sowing anymore.-8:45 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat germination will be dependent on soil temp. But if germinates & air temps are cold it could damage pt1 -8:44 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    I should be clearer... sowed on top of old snow fall when snowing. I'm worried they won't get through mulch though. #seedchat -8:44 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    thanks. Some years we're like a 4 and some we're like a 5a and rarely like a 5b. So we could plan for zone 6? #seedchat -8:43 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat I would think after the first day of Spring it couldn't be called winter sowing anymore. -8:43 PM Feb 20th, 2013

   RT  Yeah, the seeds will remain dormant until the temps heat up enough for the seeds to germinate. #SeedChat -8:42 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Yeah, the seeds will remain dormant until the temps heat up enough for the seeds to germinate.#SeedChat -8:42 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Hi! #SeedChat -8:42 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Q4: Is there a cutoff time for winter seed sowing? When is it too late? #SeedChat -8:41 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   RT : here's the lot  winter sowed for the#guerrillagardening project http://t.co/tEqd7OfyPk #seedchat -8:41 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat The temps inside the hoop house should be almost a climate zone higher. -8:41 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   RT  A3: Also, you save on watering. You let rain/snow do the watering for you when you winter sow seeds. #seedchat -8:40 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   #seedchat So would winter sowing work in a hoop house where the temp still drops below freezing at night and sometimes stays there for days? -8:40 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   #seedchat onions take a long time from seed. Starting early may be the only success some places. -8:40 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    A3: Also, you save on watering. You let rain/snow do the watering for you when you winter sow seeds.#seedchat -8:40 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   winter sowing is all about getting ahead start in the spring. Nothing better than those first lettuce greens in early spring #seedchat -8:40 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   here's the lot  winter sowed for the#guerrillagardening project http://t.co/tEqd7OfyPk #seedchat -8:38 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    I figured it must since I always get sprouts in the spring! #seedchat -8:38 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat Hello, good to see you. -8:38 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    I tried to sow under snow but the storm predicted last week was nothing but wind= winter sow no go#seedchat -8:38 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   MT : yeah peppers take forever to germinate - need really warm weather - more successful inside w/bottom heat #seedchat -8:37 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    A3: Winter sowing means you save on seed starting soil, pots, electricity & don't worry about hardening off plants. #seedchat -8:37 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Good evening, seed friends. #seedchat -8:37 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Ah, yes. Winter sowing is ideal for the lazy person. #seedchat -8:37 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   I'm an eastern PA grower: apples+heirloom tomatoes+culinary herbs+eggs+honey new to #seedchat HELLO EVERYONE! Happy 2 find U! -8:36 PM Feb 20th, 2013
     Sorry, it is headed your way. #seedchat -8:35 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   On my windowsill are lettuces sown under plastic containers for greens I poke holes in top & sides for water& string tiedown#seedchat -8:35 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   RT  #seedchat Hello and welcome. -8:34 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    I sow poppies before a snow fall to they are embedded onto the soil surface and don't get blown away. #seedchat -8:33 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat A3. For me winter sowing thwarts the wet March and April weather. Can't work the soil. -8:33 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   hey all I am in Wisconsin. Just found you all tonite. good reading #seedchat -8:33 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    PITA= Pain In The Arse. :0) #SeedChat-8:33 PM Feb 20th, 2013
     #seedchat I tossed some peppers back into the soil last year. Took them the entire season to germinate and grow. -8:32 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Q3: What are the benefits of winter seed sowing over sowing seeds indoors under lights or on your window sill?#seedchat -8:32 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    A2: Most common containers are milk jugs, soda bottles, yogurt and rotisserie chicken containers.#seedchat -8:31 PM Feb 20th, 2013
     #seedchat keep it down there please! We are supposed to have a major storm tomorrow-8:31 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    I winter tomatoes all the time. works!#seedchat -8:31 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Lol, don't know what a pita is, but winter sowing takes care of scarification--softens the seed coat.#seedchat -8:30 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    I sowed 7 varities of poppies that way. I sure hope they germinate! #seedchat -8:30 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   #seedchat http://t.co/I7WQy2Sgvj will tell one how to essentially upcycle trash to make what to me is nothing more than cloches -8:30 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   RT  sandy blew the fence down and that was permission enough for me #guerrillagardening#seedchat -8:29 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   I inadvertently winter sowed some tomatoes and cotztomatl - we'll see if they start sprouting in a few months!#seedchat -8:29 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    sandy blew the fence down and that was permission enough for me #guerrillagardening #seedchat -8:29 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   A2: You can winter seed sow just about anything you start indoors (annuals/veg). Seeds will germinate when temps are ideal #SeedChat -8:29 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat Not mad that we haven't had much snow. Not much freezing either. -8:29 PM Feb 20th, 2013
     Where are you? It is snowing & sleeting in OK. #seedchat Having problems connecting to server :-( -8:29 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   I sowed my flower seeds in the evening in top of the snow when rain and melting predicted next morning no birds & squirrels#seedchat -8:27 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    A2: The times I sowed canna seeds, I winter sowed them. Trying to scarify the seed to get to germinate is a PITA. #SeedChat -8:27 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   A2 all kinds except tropicals. #seedchat -8:26 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Is the empty lot you're sowing your meadow in being used w/permission or are you guerrilla gardening? #seedchat -8:26 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    It depends. You can direct seed sow, but most people winter sow in containers. Then plant into garden in spring. #seedchat -8:25 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Seeds already up here: Sugar snaps, carrots, lettuce, tender-greens, mustard, other cold leafy stuff. Clover for goats &#bees #seedchat -8:25 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   A2 i have heard onions and carrtos but idk about it #seedchat -8:24 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Temperature considerations?#seedchat -8:24 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   RT  Just straight on the ground, right? Do squirrels/birds jack the seed? #seedchat -8:24 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Just straight on the ground, right? Do squirrels/birds jack the seed? #seedchat -8:23 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Q2: What kind of seeds can you winter sow, and what kind of containers can you use? #SeedChat -8:23 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   A1: Winter seed sowing is pretty much what it says. It's sowing seeds during winter months. Usually done outdoors. #Seedchat -8:22 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat Hi Funny Bean -8:21 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Ah, #seedchat time? Yessss! -8:21 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Ahh, there you are. #SeedChat -8:20 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Hi #seedchat I hope I'm not too late! -8:20 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Crimson clover, black eye Susan, poppy mix, Batchelor buttons, cone flowers all sown with the last snow hope we get more snow soon #seedchat -8:20 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Let's get started: Q1: What is winter seed sowing?#SeedChat -8:18 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Hello  What seeds do you sow this tome of year? #SeedChat -8:18 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   RT : We'll be talking about winter sowing for the next hour during #SeedChat Join us to share your tips or ask a question. -8:18 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    Any native/perennial seeds I always just direct sow. I'm cheap like that. Containers only for annual/veg. #SeedChat -8:14 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   I've winter sowed a few already, but have a ton 2 do tomorrow. Is there a temp when you shouldn't be setting the greenhouses out? #seedchat -8:14 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Hello #seedchat -8:13 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   We'll toss out some winter seed sowing questions in a few. Just waiting for people to show up and introduce themselves tonight. #SeedChat -8:13 PM Feb 20th, 2013
     Welcome to #SeedChat -8:12 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   #seedchat Hello from the frozen high desert of SW Utah. Snow today, wind tomorrow, wind the next day, and then from a different direction. -8:11 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   hello I am sowing a meadow in an empty lot in nyc waiting for another snow for second sowing #seedchat -8:10 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Welcome to #SeedChat tonight,     -8:09 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   #seedchat Our cover crop of barley is looking amazing! The weather over here is divine. #centralcoast #cambria#organicfarming -8:08 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    This morning the wind chill was 0. #Seedchat-8:07 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    #seedchat not here. -8:07 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    The only thing I've winter-sowed are prairie seed, but never any annuals. #seedchat -8:07 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    lol. that's a heat wave ;) #seedchat -8:05 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Hey everyone! #seedchat -8:05 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Hi All, I'm in MN and we are expecting some frigid weather too! #seedchat -8:05 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    For winter seed sowing? You can sow just about anything. BTW I have seeds for you. Will you be going to any events? #SeedChat -8:04 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   #seedchat Pretty cold here now. 31 F. -8:04 PM Feb 20th, 2013
    What do you suggest sowing at the moment? #seedchat -8:03 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Hi everyone, it's definitely still winter here, it snowed today, and an ice storm due Friday morning #Seedchat -8:03 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   RT : Hello from Chicago,#SeedChat .Looks like we'll get a blast of winter tomorrow. Last chance to winter seed sow outdoor? Maybe. #seedchat -8:03 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Hello from Chicago, #SeedChat .Looks like we'll get a blast of winter tomorrow. Last chance to winter seed sow outdoor? Maybe. #seedchat -8:02 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   Hey everybody! #seedchat -8:02 PM Feb 20th, 2013
   We'll be talking about winter sowing for the next hour during #SeedChat Join us to share your tips or ask a question. -8:00 PM Feb 20th, 2013

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