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I was reminded a couple of days ago that Winter Sowing was a thing that I could be doing, by this possibly visible post on Facebook.

Since our gallon milk jugs are white plastic, and it was trash and recycle day the day after I was reminded, I went spelunking in our neighbors recycling bin... and found ~15 gallon water jugs. I shall clearly have to hunt again next week!

So after shoveling and snowblowing, yesterday was winter sowing day. First, I made drainholes and cut off the top of those water jugs. I got a bunch of dirt from Wilson Farms (sadly, this is not the time of the year they have the truly enormous bags of their own dirt), put ~3" of dirt in the bottom of each jug, soaked them in water and let them drain, planted seeds, put in a plant marker, sealed the jugs to their tops again with masking tape, and put them outside. I did this with about 10 of the jugs, and filled another three with dirt for later. I'm likely to want a _lot_ of jugs, since there are many seeds I'd like to start. Also likely to snag the larger (2 liter?) of the seltzer water bottles of [livejournal.com profile] galaneia's.

Currently planted: Lettuce (possibly too early), spinach, sorrel, corn salad (possibly too early), black Dinosaur kale, dwarf kale, bachelor buttons, broccoli of various types, purple podded peas.

Pending for this month: More peas, cilantro, delphinium, hollyhocks, lupine, penstemon digitalis, echineasea, colombine, Johnny jump up.

March: chard, carrots, cosmos, zinnias, marigold, basil, lettuce, nasturtium, sunflowers (this last largely to give them protection from the birds while they are growing their first real leaves)

April: tomatoes, ground cherries

Date: 2016-02-10 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corwyn-ap.livejournal.com
I doubt either the lettuce or corn salad are 'too early'. Both grow fine all year round if they are warm enough (and not too warm), particularly the mache (corn salad), which people around here grow throughout the winter, under just single cover.

Date: 2016-02-10 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] minerva42
Ooh this looks fun.

Date: 2016-02-11 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wispfox.livejournal.com
I know, right? And you can do it now, with no lights or heat mats!

Date: 2016-02-11 02:07 am (UTC)
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Date: 2016-02-11 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wispfox.livejournal.com
... Your code is indecipherable unto me!

Date: 2016-02-11 12:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] smammy

I don't know what to tell you! Maybe my pocket posted this? Or a cat?

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