This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

winter sowing

I collected eight plastic bottle at our Town recycling center. I cut them open then added potting soil and planted flower seeds. After taping the bottles, I dug out a spot for them in a south facing area of my yard and then buried the bottles. This method is good for all sorts of cold hardy seeds, especially flower seeds that often need a chilling period. The bottle makes a nice little greenhouse and the hole at the top is perfect for letting in just the right amount of moisture.

I've tried this a couple times before. Sprouting has always been really good the hardest part is getting the seedlings out of the bottles before they are fried or rot.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've used this method the past two years for tomato plants. Found they tended to be hardier then the ones I start indoors and gives more space for other seedling under the lights!

February 23, 2015 10:22 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Wow. I think I'll look for another bottle snd try that!

February 24, 2015 9:53 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you say buried - do you mean in the snow or actually in the ground?

February 24, 2015 10:59 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Just buried in the snow. Hopefully the snow will melt and then they will be sitting on top of the ground.

February 25, 2015 9:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for clarifying - my first thought had been: "how did she dig into the frozen ground?"

What a neat technique...hope you get good results!

February 25, 2015 11:29 AM

Blogger Pam said...

Wintersowing is a great technique, especially if you want to plant masses of flowers or lots of veggies. At the Wintersowing site at, you'll find information about different types of containers, how to plant various seeds - and an offer of free seeds.

March 16, 2015 10:54 AM


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