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  • 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…

  • Winter Sowing Tomato Seeds – Seed Starting Outdoors

    I seriously can’t believe it’s already that time again. Winter sowing tomato seeds! While it feels like winter has lasted forever, it hardly feels like I should be starting tomato seeds. However, that’s the beauty of the winter sowing method. If you’re unfamiliar with winter sowing, you can definitely find more information by doing a quick search here on the blog or by visiting our gardening Facebook group. To winter sow tomato plants, you really need very little to get started. Last year, I used an old soda bottle and it worked great. This year, I’ve expanded my growing into trays. The trays will be placed into a low tunnel…

  • 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 Roses from Seeds in Zone 6/7

    Write this down as another first time gardening seed starting attempt thing! Even after growing my cut flower garden all these years, believe it or not, there are still things that I have never tried to grow before. One such flower that I’ve never tried to grow from seed are roses. You see rose seeds for sale online all the time, and more often than not I don’t trust them. After all, I’m pretty sure those rainbow roses aren’t real. Luckily, miniature china roses are definitely a real thing and can apparently be grown from seed. I bought a package of a variety of seeds called ‘Angel Wings’ from Renee’s…

  • Winter Sowing Scabiosa Pincushion Flower in Zone 6/7

    Scabiosa, also known as pincushion flower, look absolutely darling. Seriously, these flowers are so cute. When I first started growing them in the cut flower garden, they quickly became one of my absolute favorite flowers. The good news is, they are also very easy to grow. Whether winter sowing scabiosa or direct sowing, becoming successful with these flowers is really easy. When I first started gardening, I felt incredibly intimidated every time that I decided to grow something new. As a total beginner gardener, I was so confused by the process of planting flowers and their needs. As it happens, scabiosa flowers are a cool season flower. This means that…

  • 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…