Advertisements
Advertisements
  • Winter Sowing Petunia Flowers

    Winter sowing petunia seeds is a great way to grow a lot of flowers at a little cost. Let’s face it, bedding plants can be really expensive. Growing from seed not only allows us to save a little money, but it also gives a great selection when choosing which seeds to grow. The process of winter sowing petunia seeds is generally the same as winter sowing any other plant. Since petunia flowers are sensitive to frost, I usually wait until mid March before starting the winter sowing process. By March, temperatures have started to warm enough to trigger germination, however, it is still a solid month away from my last…

  • Winter Sowing Cleome Flowers in the Cut Flower Garden

    In my experience, it seems that cleome is one of those flowers that people can have strong opinions about. Before I started growing it, I had no clue what the plant even looked like. However, now it’s an ornamental flower that I really, really love. I personally don’t use this one as a cut flower, but rather enjoy the height and color that it brings to the flower patch. Though I had heard that this plant is somewhat thorny, the first thing that I noticed was the scent. To my nose, this plant smells straight up like some kind of funky smelling skunk. I imagine if you’re the type of…

  • Winter Sowing Reveal – March Progress in Low Tunnel

    The winter sowing reveal! Results are finally starting to show from our winter sowing experiment using an unheated low tunnel. Due to the cold weather lately, I’m not at all surprised that germination has taken so long. Nonetheless, I’m really excited to show the results so far. SEE LAST YEAR’S WINTER SOWING REVEAL – CLICK HERE! THAT’S IT FOR THIS POST. THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING. I TRULY APPRECIATE IT. IF YOU’D LIKE TO SUPPORT THE BLOG OR MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL, BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE FRESHCUTKY SOAP SHOP! THANKS SO MUCH!

  • Winter Sowing Rudbeckia Flower Seeds in Zone 6/7

    Rudbeckias! One of my close friends used to call this flower “Rude Becky”. However, I certainly can’t find anything rude about this beautiful flower. As with many perennial flowers, winter sowing rudbeckia is crazy easy. Like, so easy. I’m not kidding. I absolutely love these gorgeous blooms. Even though most people may immediately think of black eye susan wildflowers, there are also numerous “fancier” versions of this flower that can be grown for use in the flower border or the cut flower garden. Rudbeckia triloba and the cultivar ‘Prairie Sun’ are among some of my personal favorites. Before I started using the winter sowing method, I was under the impression…

  • Blanket Flower Seeds

    Winter Sowing Shasta Daisies in Zone 6/7

    Winter sowing shasta daisies is yet another option for anyone, who like me, is on a budget. One of the many reasons that I have grown to love this flower so much is because they can be grown from seed so easily. Regardless of whether or not you’re growing a cut flower patch or you’re just looking to grow flowers in your front yard for some extra pizzazz. Shasta daisy plants can definitely offer a great bloom! In my experience, I haven’t noticed that these flowers need any special requirements for germination. However, it should also be noted that I have never tried to start these seeds indoors – I’ve…

  • Crop Protection: Hardy Annual Cut Flowers in Winter Hoop House

    When I first set out to learn to grow flowers, the process of overwintering hardy annuals was one which seemed totally foreign. With very little information on the process online, most of what I’ve learned about crop protection has been through the process of trial and error. In general, crop protection will vary from one flower type to another. However, for this post (and in my backyard), I usually just apply the same “rules” to everything that I grow. It makes things a lot easier. Here’s a look inside the hoop house when it is on “lockdown”. Basically, this occurs where the forecast is especially cold. Here in my zone…

  • Winter Sowing Godetia Farewell to Spring Flowers in Zone 6/7

    I first began winter sowing godetia last season, when I purchased the seeds on a whim. With the dreamy shades of pink, white, and salmon; I just couldn’t resist myself. It seems like that happens a lot when it comes to browsing seed catalogs. You would think that someone who doesn’t have any growing space would be able to demonstrate a little better self restraint. After winter sowing godetia for the first time last year, I was really quick to notice that the flowers didn’t get nearly as large as I wanted. As I’ve learned this year in overwintering them in the hoop house, is that these plants are definitely…

  • Winter Sowing Annual Phlox Flowers in Zone 6/7

    Growing annual phlox can be frustrating. I get questions about their germination on a pretty frequent basis, and I often feel bad that I can’t offer more exact information about the process. Like many other flowers, I didn’t start trying to grow phlox until after I had started using the winter sowing method. Using containers, or using a low tunnel, I am able to achieve some really great germination rates. As far as I’ve been able to discern, I believe that these are yet another one of those flower seeds that really benefits from alternating cold and wet temperatures. This is the perfect recipe for success using the winter sowing…

  • Mid February Hoop House Update – Growing Hardy Annual Flowers from Seed

    After quite a bit of cold weather, the mid February hoop house is looking a little rough. The plants have been covered with row cover for about two weeks straight, and are definitely starting to show signs of stress. Luckily, the weather is set to climb out of the teens and twenties. I’m really looking forward to some warmer temperatures inside the hoop. THAT’S IT FOR THIS POST. THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING. I TRULY APPRECIATE IT. IF YOU’D LIKE TO SUPPORT THE BLOG OR MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL, BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE FRESHCUTKY SOAP SHOP! THANKS SO MUCH!