Monday, May 2, 2011

Winter Sowing Rewarded in Spring

We're overdue reporting on the results of this winter-sowing project from mid-February. 

Fact is, our hearty winter-sown mustard, tatsoi, and arugula seeds have been leafing out for a couple weeks, though we're taking our time planting them. The tiny, well-rooted plants are easy to pull up and tuck into many a spot.

We'll definitely be winter-sowing again next year. I'm very glad to have learned about this from fellow GRG-er Debbie.

3 comments:

Brandy said...

So, question. If you sow seeds for these varieties now, which will be havestable first? In other words, will transplant shock set them back hard enough to negate the advantage of winter sowing? In my slow wet spring everything gets mature at the same time no matter the sowing date, because as the weather warms up the later sown seeds grow faster...this has always puzzled me, I am sure there is a way to capitalize on it some how...

H2 said...

These babies love cold weather, so I haven't seen any transplant shock, Brandy.

The plants starts grown under warm lights are definitely larger when they go in. But they also need hardening off.

Honestly? I think part of what I love about winter sowing is gardening in February! People who obsess over growing things can't wait for spring to start and this gives us something to do...

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