Winter Sowing

by shara.anderson on April 1, 2013

Yes, it is April 1st, and it’s no joke that I put my sweet daughter, Addie, in her snowpants, coat, boots and gloves to go play outside today.  Such is life in the Midwest.  Last year we had already seen the 80s by this time.  I don’t think either year is “normal”, whatever that is.

I have already purchased seeds for our garden.  This does take some element of faith that the feet of snow we still have in our yard will one day be gone.  It is in the yearning for spring that we decided to try something called “Winter Sowing” this year.  If you go to the Winter Sowing website they will even send you seeds for “free”.  All you have to do is send a self-addressed stamped envelope and you will get a wonderful variety of perennials.  The idea is that instead of starting seedlings inside and then hardening them off by bringing them in and out (and in and out, and drop some, and kill some off and…) you can put some of the hardier perennials in recyclable greenhouses in the winter, and then they will come up when the time is right.  I admit there is a bit of skepticism on my part, but I’ll let you know what happens.

This project is perfect for us since we go through a lot of milk so those will be our “greenhouses”.  (They have to be the transparent kind and not the solid white ones).  We are trying out 9 jugs this time around.


Grab your duct tape and label what exactly you are planting in your milk jug.


I had Cade label what we were planting as well as where they are to be transplanted (sun or shade) and the spacing.


Have your 8 year old cut the jug with an X-acto knife (until your husband comes over and points out scissors may be a better option).  Don’t cut the milk label on the side as that will become your hinge.


Make sure you put some small cuts on the bottom for drainage and then fill the bottom with potting soil and plant your seeds.  Water them well, seal the jug with duct tape all the way around where you cut it, and put them outside and wait for “Spring”.

We’ll let you know how this goes!

Blessings to you during this “Springtime”,



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