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Winter Seed Sowing! πŸŒΏπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ// Garden Answer

hey guys how's it going so we're out in

the garden today getting ready to start

some seeds I'm trying out a brand new

method to me of growing seeds it's

called winter sowing you might be

familiar with it already or have tried

it there are some people who swear by it

you're essentially starting your seeds

really early in the season outside in

containers that act as a mini greenhouse

so I've got six of these water drugs

that I'm going to be using today and you

can use pop bottles

orange juice bottles just whatever kind

of container is clear or even like this

milky color that allow light to come in

so like I said this is my first time

trying this method but what I've

gathered when I've been reading about

this watching other people's videos is

there are a lot of good things about

starting seeds outside with this method

one it's not taking up any space inside

you also don't need grow lights or any

special equipment because they're

utilizing the Sun that's coming through

the container we also don't have to

water them well water them today you

know of course we'll pre-moistened the

soil and then water the seeds in once we

plant them and then what we'll do is

take the caps off and we're going to

just toss all the caps and then they can

receive any snow or rainfall that comes

and utilize that moisture but we really

don't have to worry about watering them

until they start to sprout and then

we'll keep our eyes on them a lot more

closely if you live in a dry climate

like I do or we don't get a ton of snow

and rainfall I'll be keeping my eye a

little bit closer on it especially

because this is my first time as well

and also the seedlings I guess are a lot

sturdier stockier and stronger and I can

imagine that if they're put through

adversity you know I mean if we're put

through a diversity we have to learn how

to cope and manage and deal and we get

stronger for it so I'm kind of thinking

that the seedlings are the same way if

they're put through a little bit more of

the rigors of outside kind of

temperature and all of that sort of

thing they'll be stronger so I'm hoping

all of those things come true with this

project this year the only con that I

can see is that it just doesn't look

very pretty and you guys know how I am

with that I like things outside to look

pretty but I'm willing to sacrifice that

if this is a better method of growing

seeds because I'm going to be starting a

minimum of somewhere between 25 and 30

different kinds of seeds I think this

year so today I'm going to be starting

six different kinds of flowers the first

one is cherry brandy

rudbeckia which I grew from seed last

year and then I gathered these seeds

this last fall the next one

is called lovely penstemon it's just a

beautiful light blue long blooming

perennial that just they do great in our

area and then I'm gonna be starting

sweet peas these are called mammoth

salmon cream

I've actually got these pre-soaking

right here because you're supposed to

pre-soak your sweet peas and then nickim

so I've got a file out here and I don't

know if that's completely necessary with

this method of seed sowing but I gonna

just do all of the right steps I'm gonna

try to do it all proper and then I've

got two different kinds of poppies so

the first one which I already have the

seed packet open it's called Black Swan

it's a really deep burgundy purple and

then we've got the Hungarian blue which

is beautiful both of those are perennial

and then this one right here I don't

even know how to pronounce but Blue Room

Blue Room

it's a foliage plant mostly used for cut

flower gardens it's a really beautiful

actually bought these seeds last year

and I did not have a chance to get them

started so from what I understand you

can start this time of year perennials

cold tolerant vegetables like Brussels

sprouts cabbage you know kind of our

spring crop sort of things and then any

kind of annual that's a little bit more

cold hardy so like this the sweet peas

I'm starting today are an annual here

but they can always take a little bit of

a light frost so I think we're gonna be

safe there and then as the season

progresses in February we'd be able to

winter so some more maybe heat loving

type annuals so anyway I want to show

you the process now so the first thing

we want to do is of course create some

drain holes at the bottom of our

container you just want to be careful

make sure you're using a sharp knife you

could also heat up a like a nail or

something like that I find a box cutter

to work really well so I'm gonna make

four drain holes see how I punched that

hole right there I'm gonna make three

more right here it's really quite easy

unless your milk just a little flimsy

one left perfect there we go so you can

see my four drain holes right here

that's essential and then what we want

to do is we're gonna come up about

halfway up the milk jug and we're going

to cut this milk jug and but leave a

little hinge right here we're not going

to

the sections so that we can just fold

the milk-jug over and then fold it back

when we're done you can cut the whole

thing off if that's easier for you but

I'm gonna try to do this as straight as

possible so I'm not gonna talk hold on

oh it's so not straight that's okay as

long as it's gonna hold a few inches of

soil we're good

okay so check this out cut like our

little lid our little cap right there so

that's perfect

and now our reservoir is ready to go I'm

gonna take the lid off now - we don't

need the lids you can toss those okay in

an effort to get this to stand upright

I'm gonna put my coffee in here will

that work no tape I don't want my

participant my coffee okay it's gonna be

squirrely until we get soil in the next

thing we're gonna do is put soil in you

want to use a seed starting mix like you

would usually use in any kind of seed

starting ever I've got a part bag left

from last year and then I'll be busting

into my new bag this is the escola

organic seed starter it's just a lofty

or mixed in your regular potting mix

it's not as heavy so it's easier for

these seedlings to sprout and grow and

it's also not as hot it's a different

formulation so it's just better for your

seedlings so I'm going to pour some in

now this is dry soil we are going to pre

moisten it here in a minute

okay so that is perfect right there I've

got a little can of water I'm going to

just mix some of this water in because

it's just easier to plant your seeds in

pre-moistened soil you want it to be

like slightly damp and kind of hold

together not super super soggy my drain

holes are working good I'm already

seeing the water come through that

that's a that's a good sign this

it might be more of an expedient process

if you're doing a bunch of these just to

put your soil in a big bucket and pre

moisten it all at the same time okay so

see this right here the soil holds

together really well there's some

moisture in it but it's not soggy it's

not dripping any soil when I squeeze it

no so no water coming out that's perfect

okay so this one is prepped and ready to

plant I'm going to go ahead and prep the

remaining five milk jugs and then we'll

start planting oh I forgot to do drain

holes in all of these first

it's okay

so I've got all six of my water jugs

prepped and ready to roll the soil has

all been pre-moistened so now what you

do is you just follow the instructions

on your seed packet so I'm going to

start with this Hungarian blue poppy and

it tells me to just scatter the seed on

the surface and then rake it in lightly

these seeds are really small so I'm

gonna just try to evenly spaced these I

think that's plenty for this container

maybe a couple more in the center and

then I'm just gonna take my fingers rake

it in just lightly and then I'm going to

water and I do have a sprayer I just

went and picked this up it's full of

just plain water I feel like I've upped

my seed starting game by having one of

these because usually I use a

hand-operated you know just a regular

spray bottle but with so many seeds I'm

getting ready to start this will be way

easier because you can just pump it up

and then just water this way I feel like

such a grown up seed starter with this

sprayer I love it and that should be

unless you don't get any moisture for a

really long time that should be the only

time you have to water it and tell the

seeds start to sprout you do want to

keep your eye on it though because you

don't want the soil to dry out too much

so I will be doing that keeping my eye

on it now we're gonna take some tape I'm

gonna use clear tape just because I want

the maximum amount of light to enter

this container but you can also use duct

tape if you want which may fold better

we're just gonna have to experiment with

that I'm removing any extra soil and

moisture with my hands here before I get

started with the tape I'm gonna go

around a couple times just to make sure

my seal is tight

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so this one is ready to go you do want

to make sure to label your containers

you can either pop a label down inside

I'm just gonna write on the container

with a permanent marker just like that

okay

so now I'm going to plant up the rest of

these I'm just going to do the exact

same thing I'm going to consult the back

of the package make sure I get them

planted properly water tape them shut

and then I'm going to show you where

they're all going to go

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okay so I got all six of my containers

lined up against the greenhouse wall

this spot gets full Sun most of the day

when the sun's not behind a cloud and

that's what you want to look for is a

really sunny location and a spot that's

protected from wind which is a big pot

right in front of me so it should

protect this area right here from any

strong winds I've read that if it gets

super cold in your area is there an

airplane oh it's a helicopter by

helicopter bye bye so I've read that if

you live in an area that gets really

cold you can line the bottom of the

containers with straw or something like

that for extra insulation I don't see

that we have any of those types of

nights on the forecast we have some

nights in the high teens maybe but

anyway this will be a really fun project

I don't know if I trust that tape I

might come out with some duct tape later

I'm gonna just watch them and reinforce

it and I don't think it's gonna hurt

anything to use duct tape but I was just

trying to go for like the full clear

greenhouse effect so we'll just see how

this goes and I'm really excited to

report back to you guys on how this

whole project kind of unfolds we do have

a greenhouse so you know I could put

something like this in the greenhouse

for a little extra protection but I just

wanted to try this fully like this whole

process fully outside to see what it was

like and then I will be starting some

seeds inside the greenhouse later which

I will show you that process as well

anyway thank you guys so much for

watching this video and we will see you

in the next one bye say buh-bye can you

both kisses