This winter is certainly not as bad as last winter, despite the -2 degrees temperature we experienced over this past weekend. Last winter, I started my winter sowing in January since it seemed that the winter was going to be relatively mild. Little did I know we would experience a very, very cold February. As a result, I did none in February but did do some in March. The ones I did early did not fare so well, so this year I decided to wait and keep an eye on the temperature. The forecast is looking pretty good so yesterday I decided to take a break from my regular sewing and start my winter sowing.
The first thing I did was sort through my seeds. I am a seed collector. There were a number of bags full of seed from plants in my garden - way to many to start in pots. I decided to sow them the way nature does: I went outside and sprinkled the seeds on the ground in areas where I hope they will grow. We'll see how that works out.
I also had a number of envelopes of mystery seed which I have collected from various places I have been. Sometimes I remembered to label them with the place I collected them from like these which I collected in Hoboken last fall. The came from a tree that was growing by Sybil's Cave but I have no idea what kind of tree it is.
This year I decided to use my mystery seeds, in my first batch of winter sowing. I set up 9 cartons of seeds, 4 of which are a mystery, 4 of which are seeds from my garden that I know what they are and 1 from a pack of purchased seeds.
Here they are outside in my garden pen.
Last year, if I finished a pack of seed, I just kept the empty package in the back of the journal. Not that helpful really so this year I decided to cut out the pertinent information and tape it onto the page.
So this year, I am hoping that some of my mystery seeds will sprout and my seed mysteries will be solved. Only time will tell.
Have a fun day!