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  • Seed Starting Tips: Soaking and Stratification for Better Flower Seed Germination

    It’s nearly October, and that means one very important thing – it’s time to begin preparing for the spring garden. While I know it seems somewhat odd to start preparations this soon, it’s actual crucial in terms of creating the best garden possible. After all, now is the time to start planting fall flowering bulbs, planting biennial flowers, and sowing hardy annual flowers. Many hardy annual and biennial flowers are unique in their ability to grow well during the coolest portions of the growing season. This is especially surprising here in zone 6b/7. I feel that my garden receives fairly cold temperatures in the winter, so I’m always surprised to…

  • Winter Sowing Results for Frost Tender Annual Flowers and Vegetables

    This winter sowing season is finally coming to a close. If you’ve been following along here on the blog, you know that I did something a little different this year. Instead of using bottles, I decided to start seeds in trays using an unheated low tunnel. As you can see from the photos below, this method was a huge success. I’m so glad to be able to share it with you! Overall, I had a great experience growing in trays. In fact, in sowing frost tender annuals, germination occurred in every single tray. However, some trays did have a little bit of grass pop up. I have no idea how…

  • 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 Impatiens Flowers for the Flower Bed

    Winter sowing impatiens is a great way to add a lot of appeal to flower beds for a very low cost. While many bedding plants can be easily purchased at the home improvement store, the cost can definitely add up quickly. Luckily for those of us on a budget, the winter sowing method is a great way to great the most for your money. To winter sow impatiens, I usually wait until mid March here in zone 6b/7. By March, the weather has started to warm and the days have gotten longer. This allows for the consistent germination of impatiens seeds. Here in my yard, the impatiens are definitely sensitive…

  • 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 Pepper Seeds – Seed Starting

    Ever since I started winter sowing pepper seeds, I haven’t gone back to starting the seeds indoors. When I first started gardening, I assumed that starting these seeds under grow lights was the only option. My first couple trys at grow pepper seeds was an absolute disaster. In the end, I had little to show for it, aside from potting soil stains in my living room carpet. Fast forward a few seasons, and winter sowing peppers is my jam! Like most other plants, peppers can be started in winter sowing milk jugs or soda bottles. Here in my zone 6b/7 garden, I generally begin the process of winter sowing pepper…

  • Spinach Seeds

    Winter Sowing Spinach in Zone 6b/7

    Winter Sowing Spinach Winter sowing spinach is awesome! I feel like I’ve mentioned it a thousand times, but I absolutely love spinach. As someone who doesn’t have the healthiest of eating habits, spinach is delightful. From the texture to the inoffensive taste, spinach is a great choice for me and my journey to making better choices. Depending upon where you live, the process of growing spinach can be a little bit tricky. People will mild climates can likely plant it throughout the year. However, here in my hot summer garden spinach is not happy. Here in zone 7ish, the general advice seems to be that spinach should be planted in…

  • Let’s Plant Some Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus)and See What Happens!

    Hi Lovelies, First and foremost, let’s be clear, we’re talking ornamental sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus). NOTĀ edible “sweet” peas,as they are sometimes called by veggie loving gardeners. These, in fact, are toxic. So, don’t eat them. Okay? K, thanx. Sweet peas and I have a complicated relationship. I love them, but any time I think I’ve finally got them figured out, nature throws me a curve ball and the temperamental things just refuse to grow. Last year I planted sweet peas twice. The first batch was direct sown at the end of March and quickly drowned and turned brown in the low spot of my garden. The second planting was made…

  • February Week 4 Update – Germination Celebration, lol.

    Hi Lovelies, The week 4 update is a little early, but I probably won’t have internet access for the next few days – so I wanted to get these posted now! All of the seedlings below have been planted using the winter sowing method in milk jugs. Let me know if you’ve got any questions, much love!

  • Garden Planning (The Abridged Version)

    Hi Lovelies, I’m so in the mood to plant things! In fact, resisting the urge to plant everything is really difficult. You might think I’m obsessed – I actually probably am. Any how, I wanted to quickly share this video from YouTube here for a couple reasons: There’s a lot going on and I’m honestly not quite sure if I’ll be able to explain the things I want to explain well. I’m going off like 30 minutes of sleep right now and I’m not sure how coherent a post would be. When the “seed germination planting season or whatever” is over and I know how successful I was, I’m going…