Zone 7 Winter Sowing

Zone 7 Winter Sowing: Are You Nuts?!

Zone 7 Winter Sowing: Are You Nuts?!

Zone 7 Winter Sowing

Just saw your article. It is early January. Is it too late to do this?

Editor's reply: Ideally you would have been prepared before the first snow. A lot depends on the weather wherever you live at the moment.

In our town there is an ice bridge which replaces a summertime ferry, but this year it has not been possible for the town to open it -- the soft snow on the top of a thin layer of ice has acted as an insulator, and the ice is not freezing thick enough for cars to cross. It's the first year since I moved here in 2003 that the ice bridge has not opened.

This shows the insulating power of a soft snowfall. Quite amazing if a river won't freeze -- so your germinating seeds should be fine also.

So, local conditions might influence your thinking. If you get later snows where you are, then it might still be possible to do winter sowing in Zone 7.

Sorry I can't be more specific. You could always try experimenting with it this year with a smaller batch, and assessing when the Spring comes around.

Please do send us your results when the Spring comes and you see what's happened inside your mini greenhouses!

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