Winter Sowing

Remember all these? Well, today (and Tuesday) my helper and I spent a few hours turning them into...

this... and that

and these...

and it was AWESOME! 

This is my first go at winter sowing, so I can't wait to see what the germination rate is. Even if nothing grows over the next few months it's the hope that keeps me truckin' along. The temperature today oscillated between 0*F and -12*F ... hope it isn't too cold for this.

I managed to get 5 jugs and 1 container out. Now...if you're like my mother, you're probably asking "So, you just leave them there... outside in the cold?" The answer - yep, just leave 'em out there to do their thing. Freeze, thaw, freeze again, germinate and ta-da! Plants.

The exhaustive list of what I'm planning to winter sow (Jan/Feb) is below. Common names (sorry) are in no particular order:

  • Old Fashioned Black Hollyhocks
  • Summer Carnival Rosy Red Hollyhocks
  • Country Romance Hollyhocks
  • Fantasia Delphinium
  • Russell's Hybrid Lupine
  • Great White Moonflower
  • Heavenly Blue Morning Glory
  • Columbine - William Guinness
  • Columbine - Barlow 
  • Blue Fescue
  • Lauren's Grape Poppy
  • Oriental Poppy - Brilliant Red
  • Poppy - Venus
  • Oriental Poppy - Pizzicato Mix
  • Foxglove - Excelsior Mix
  • Mixed Oriental Poppy
  • Spinach - Melody
  • Cilantro - Calypso
  • Greek Oregano
  • Sugar Daddy Peas
  • Others... maybe?
*All my poppies I scattered-sowed before our last ice/snow storm.

If you are interested in the process of winter sowing you should check out the blog of Kevin Lee Jacobs His blog, A Garden for the House, is where I got all the information about putting milk jug greenhouses together. is also a great resource. 

  Eeep! I'm so excited to see what spouts!

My little helper

Do you start any perennials (or annuals) from seed? What's your method? I'd love to hear!



  1. Being quite a novice gardener I have yet to give sowing seeds much thought. I tried once and they failed but I have no doubt it's something I will give a serious go at sometime in the future!
    I hope your winter sowing is successful - you've chosen well - garden stalwarts!
    Your little helper is so cute!

    1. Angie, I'd consider you several notches up from a novice gardener! Your garden is so thoughtfully planned and planted from what I see/read! You should definitely give winter sowing another go. No one in my family seems to have faith in this plan... I hope to prove them wrong!

      Binky is pretty cute, isn't he?! :)He's definitely my baby. I wish I could say he loves helping in the garden, but he doesn't much care. He'd rather go for a ride in the car.

      Hope you had a lovely weekend!

  2. Bravo! Very creative and very frugal. And a good plant list!

    1. Thanks, Jason! Sow and go - low maintenance. Just the way we like it!





Sarah Brackney is R&S Garden. A gardening fiend. She is no expert, she just gardens. Her gardens are her art. And yes, she has weeds in her garden; she just chooses not to show them to you. Thanks for visiting.