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I always start my own tomatoes & peppers from seed and the timing is sometimes hard to pin down. One year I had tomato plants blooming in the living room. I took them outside during the daytime & hauled them back inside every evening when temps started to cool back down. Sometimes I wait too late to sow my seeds.
I finally tried winter sowing last year with my peppers and tomato and I was amazed. The plants had the thickest & sturdiest stems that I've ever had. I just knew the seeds would rot or not sprout until the weather was warm, but they sprouted while it was still pretty cool & ready to set out by our last frost date, 4/15.
I just received my seed order, so can you guess what I'll be doing today?
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@dixie wrote:I finally tried winter sowing last year with my peppers and tomato and I was amazed. The plants had the thickest & sturdiest stems that I've ever had. I just knew the seeds would rot or not sprout until the weather was warm, but they sprouted while it was still pretty cool & ready to set out by our last frost date, 4/15.
Our temperatures here are warmer than yours, but my experience so far with plants from the tomato family is that although they will sprout, they won't thrive. This may be because of the constant cloud cover. However, it's the best time of the year for the cold-loving brassicas (except Bok Choy), because the insects are somewhat subdued.
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with clover as a cover crop for the winter. Nothing came up. The following spring I discovered
I had lots of turnips. The original sowing was in November. I found them in March/April.
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