With gardening catalogs showing up in my mail box, and next year’s garden already on my mind, I dug into my archives to find older posts on gardening. I haven’t seen many folks talking about winter sowing which I tried one year. I thought I’d throw it out there to see if others have tried this method of seed starting.
I decided to try this method this year because it doesn’t require electricity. I’ve been saving pots from my store-bought plants for several years now and was able to use all of them today. In fact, I almost kicked myself for my decluttering of the pots in the fall.
I did not put plastic bags on as described by the Winter Sowing site. My plan is to keep an eye on things and decide later if I want to put the plastic bags on. I also have some storm windows given to me that I could place over top of the pots, supported by our collection of bricks.
My costs for vegetable gardening this year:
5 bags of seed starting mix at $3.49/each
plastic pots $0
last year’s seeds $0
this year’s seeds $22.43 (this includes seeds to planted directly in the beds)
Total Cost: $39.88
Trudi Davidoff of Winter Sowing talks about having an 80% success rate. I’m hoping to have the same rate with my lazier version of seed planting. If any of the seeds don’t germinate, I’ll use those pots to start my fall vegetables.