Wintersowing With Too Much Snow On The Ground


We live south of Cleveland, Ohio on the latter part of the snow-belt where snow can get up to 3 feet or more. Would the winter sowing still work?


Dear Gardener,
That's a terrific question. The "believer" in me says, "Don't worry about the depth of snow, you know they always come up." But then there's the "doubter" in me that thinks something might go wrong.

Sop here's what I would do if I were you. I would try to place the containers on top of a picnic table or something. That way the doubt is gone; plus, being above the greatest portion of the snow, the seedlings will emerge quicker than what they would if they had to wait for 3 feet of snow to melt away.

In the end, I would bet they would be just fine under that much snow, but again...I think waiting for the snow to melt away when you could place them above the snow is needless.

One final thought; Just for kicks, you could always experiment a little and place a container on the ground and compare it's results to one that was placed on a table above the heavy snow fall.

Great question!

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by: suzette trimmer

My gardens all start right after Thanksgiving. But winter solace is even a better time as Brad suggests for your area. As for snow accumulation growing up on Mackinac Island my grandparents taught me to always ad a tad bit of insulation to the process. We always used bails of hay, the ones from farms where the hay got ruined wet or damp unusable for feed. Or those now used at various hay stack mazes. Take these generally free bails and lay out a square area small, from a little area as 2ft X 2ft up to as large an area as one has seeds to sow and varieties. WE always put our gallons as Brad describes together next to each other as added insulation, then a hay boarder around perimeter of seed gallons. These are what my friends and neighbors beg for me to do for them because I like Brad agree put as many seeds in as possible can always separate later. I also only grow one type per gallon and label label, label. One year forgot or was washed off what surprises we all had. needless to say this process saves so much money because most seeds you want are already in your backyard you just need to know how to collect and nurture them, till they are ready. I used plan brown paper lunch bags labeled so as I dead head all summer I just drop the deadheads in their respective bag and continue to enjoy my garden as I continually prepare for summers to come.
I hope this back woods,now an urban gardener offered some useful advice,
Suzette Trimmer

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