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  • Winter Sowing Lavender Seeds in Zone 6/7

    Lavender can be one of the most frustrating plants that I grow from seed. All over the internet, you’ll see tales of growers who dream of rows of fragrance lavender, but have failed to get it to germinate. Fortunately for me, I had already discovered the winter sowing method when I first tried to grow lavender. Winter sowing lavender works exceptionally well. In general, lavender seeds need a little bit of special treatment to get them to germinate. Most people who start them indoors recommend a period of cold moist treatment¬† before attempting to sow the seeds. Luckily for us, the winter sowing method will provide those conditions without any…

  • The Beginning of the Winter Sowing Season

    It’s that time again – time to start thinking about winter sowing! Hooray! I’m so excited! In the past, I’ve only winter sowed using milk jugs and other containers. Last year, I ended up with well over 200 bottles sitting in the backyard – it was a complete mess! This year, I’ve decided to try something a little different. Instead of milk jugs, I’ll be using seed starting trays and a small low tunnel covered in plastic. Even though I’ve never seen anyone do this before, my gardening instinct tells me that this method will also be successful. Sometime next week, I hope to post about my seed starting set…