Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Winter Solstice and the start of Winter Sowing!
December 21, also known as the Winter Solstice, is the shortest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere), and the start of the winter season. It is also the start of the winter sowing season. This is a nifty method of outdoor seed germination, using milk cartoons or other containers. In January, start with the hardier seeds first, saving the more tender seeds for later on, around March or April. These mini-greenhouses will be placed outdoors, in a safe and sunny locations. In the spring, as the days warm, and nights are still cold, seedlings will start to emerge. This is the time to check for water and to expose the seedlings to the fresh air on nicer days. Winter-sown seedlings are also naturally harden off, allowing direct transplant into the garden, when ready.