Seeding In the Winter, "Really?"

by Neva
(Tullahoma, TN)

Don't worry if your backyard looks like this, Winter Sowing works!

Don't worry if your backyard looks like this, Winter Sowing works!

Seeding In the Winter, "Really?"

Won't plants freeze outside in the winter?

I live in Tennessee and would love to do this, but I don't want to waste my time and money if the plants are just going to freeze.

When the plants germinate, since you have sown a lot of seeds, do you need to thin them?

Also, in the spring do you transplant the plants outside into your garden, or do they grow and mature in the container? Are these plants hardier than plants grown in the Spring?

Editor's reply: Thanks for writing, Neva. I understand your concerns.

But really, yes. Winter sowing works!

The key is that they are hardier and earlier developed than anything you could grow indoors and transplant outside.

Thinning out probably will happen naturally in the container, and if you have the ice and snow we do in Montreal, then you may not even have the option to open the containers until March or April!

But you do transplant the seedlings into your garden after the frost danger is over.

Good luck, and send us photos and updates on how you get on!

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