Friday, February 15, 2013

Outdoor Winter sowing method

 Theresa is a lady who has been gardening organically for 35 years. I love her approach to gardening, she gives great practical advice and makes gardening seem so easy.
On her website 'Tending my garden' I read about a method called Wintersown which is new to me. Advantages in short:
  • You can sow outdoors in old juice bottles from the start of January. You can sow any vegetable or flower seed that needs pre-chilling, seed from plants that self sow, or that can be directly sown in the ground in early spring. Instead of waiting for spring you can sow now!
  • From mid-March you can start sowing your warm weather crops like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant this way outdoors.
  • It's perfect if you don't have space inside the house to sow seeds.
  • Apparently plants are stronger, vegetables taste better when wintersown.  
  • You don't have to water the bottles, water and snow gets in through the top hole.
I sowed some Cosmos (cosmea) and Rainbow Chard (regenboogsnijbiet) today to give it a try. There's a lot more information on the internet if you're interested too.

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