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Two hour new garden bed....for newbies

posted by: wendy2shoes on 04.23.2009 at 06:39 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

Thought I would share the process I went through this afternoon to make a new bed. Mine is intended for veggies, but this will work for wintersown flower sprouts of any description.
First, using an edger, cut out the edge of the bed. Toss the cut out chunks into the centre. (You can cut them up a bit or stomp on them).
Next, lay down cardboard, and layers of newspaper to your outline. I had to use rocks to hold this down, 20mph winds today.
Wet it all down. Add grass clippings, leaves, compost whatever. I mowed the back yard and threw the stuff on top.
Top it off with topsoil, triple mix, rotted manure, whatever. (I had a yard left from last year).
I used rocks around the perimeter to contain the soil, and hold down the cardboard edge. The whole thing should settle down and the worms start doing their work after I get back from seeing the grandkids for a week.
You can plant new sprouts directly into this new bed. I just won't be around to do it.
Waaayy easier than removing sod. The grass composts quickly, and provides great nutrients for your new bed!


clipped on: 03.27.2011 at 10:39 am    last updated on: 03.27.2011 at 10:46 am

littleonefb, where are you?

posted by: pvick on 02.12.2009 at 04:40 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

I know that Fran has done a lot of four o'clocks in the past and need to ask when she sows them. I have some great seeds (thanks, Lynda!) and even though I don't really have space - yes, yes, I know that's my cry each and every year - I want to give them a shot.

So Fran, when do you sow your seeds? I'm open to input from everyone else, too!

TIA ....



clipped on: 04.05.2009 at 01:33 pm    last updated on: 04.05.2009 at 01:33 pm

Tips and Tricks-Freestanding Rigid Wall Ziplock Bags

posted by: monte on 02.09.2007 at 03:27 pm in Winter Sowing Forum

Tips and Tricks-Rigid Wall Ziplock Bags

Another container option.

Scrounged containers are a great way to reuse things that would wind up in the trash.

But sometimes the "need for seed" exceeds our ability to gather enough containers to get the job done.

This leads to, what some may believe, odd behavior. Late night or early morning trash raids are well understood here on the forum but the public at large may not get it.

What to do?

One option is to use common ziplock bags with an internal support made from corrugated cardboard. The cardboard form not only stiffens the bag but acts as a support to create some head room. Quick easy and effective.

I think that for many of us this would be a very economical method of making many containers. If you want to precision sow you can easily insert dividers or use paper pots inside the bags.

Materials Needed

Gallon Sized Ziplock Bags
Corrugated Cardboard
Hole Punch

Preparing the Cardboard

You will need to prepare strips of corrugated cardboard to form into cylinders to slip inside the ziplocks. I have found that a piece of cardboard 23 " wide and 5 " tall is the ideal size for a 1 gallon ziplock bag. You need to be sure that the "grain" or specifically, the corrugation of the cardboard runs vertically on the short axis of the piece. This ensures that it will easily form into a cylinder.


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Tightly roll the cardboard to loosen it up a bit. This allows it to more easily form into a cylinder. Overlap the ends by about 1 inches. Staple together to form your cylinder.


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Preparing The Bags

Take the hole punch and punch a few holes along the top and bottom edges. These are you drainage and vent holes. For efficiency I just fold the bag into quarters and make one punch at each end.

Punch Bags

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Insert the cardboard cylinder into the bag. Once inserted it will hold the bag fully open.


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Fill with 3" of your favorite soil mix and sow seed.

When you zip the bag shut it will come together into a fairly ridged cylindrical form with the zip part tightly stretched along the top.


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clipped on: 02.10.2007 at 08:29 am    last updated on: 02.10.2007 at 08:38 am

More Grass Seed Collecting/Cleaning

posted by: donn_ on 11.15.2006 at 09:16 am in Winter Sowing Forum

Chasmanthium latifolium, AKA Northern Sea Oats is a wonderful ornamental grass for zones 5 and warmer, in any conditions from light shade to full sun. It will reach heights of up to 4', and holds it's seedheads well into winter, providing both winter interest and food for birds. In warmer climates, this grass will self-sow, so it's a good candidate for winter sowing, although it does not require cold stratification in order to germinate.

As with many other seeds, you must wait until the stem holding the seedhead as turned brown before harvesting. In addition, with Sea Oats, you should wait until the groups of hulls begin to spread their 'fingers' apart:

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The 2 branches top left have dry stems, but the seedheads have not started to loosen yet. The lower right stem shows how the seedhead opens up as the hulls are becoming ready to give up their contents.

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This photo shows 3 columns of examples, with seed clusters, hulls and seeds.

The left-hand column was harvested too early. The cluster has not opened up, and both the hulls and seeds are small and poorly developed.

The center column cluster has begun to open, and the hulls are fatter, even though their 'wings' have not begun to rise. The seeds under the wings are larger and more fully developed.

The right-hand row shows an opening cluster, and the hulls' wings are starting to lift up from the hull, revealing the seed. Lift that wing all the way open, and the seed will literally fall out. You can see how much fatter and more fully developed the seeds are at this stage.

After they are removed from the hulls, Sea Oats seeds have a moist, slightly sticky substance covering them. Spread them out on a paper plate, or in an open bowl indoors to dry before storage.


clipped on: 11.16.2006 at 10:16 pm    last updated on: 11.16.2006 at 10:18 pm

donn--plant supports?

posted by: inthegarden_k on 07.13.2006 at 12:10 am in Winter Sowing Forum

donn, can you post picture of your bamboo plant supports and how you construct them? i think they are the best i have seen!


clipped on: 07.13.2006 at 07:47 am    last updated on: 07.13.2006 at 07:47 am