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1/17/13 7:23 A

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I have a kale that has gone through 3 winters so far, even last year when there was no snow to protect it. It looks a little ragged right now, but you can see new growth coming. I am going to start sowing inside soon. I am also impatient and like to see the new stuff coming up

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1/16/13 6:34 P

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well the big snow melted and underneath was the brussel sprouts plant and it still tasted good.. I also left in kale and swiss chard over winter to see what would happen

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1/16/13 12:15 P

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I agree about the "some things are better left to nature" but my problem is impatience. i won't do the work of winter sowing while I love starting seeds in spring because of the immediate gratification. After a few days of messing with potting soil, I start to see signs of life from the first day's work and that keeps me going.

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No, I've never tried it, but it sounds interesting!

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11/22/12 4:58 P

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My family gave me the materials for 2 new raised beds and a garden dump-cart. I'm going to plant 1 all in salad. I'm going to try to winter sow the next and all other squares as plants are harvested for my fall garden.

We'll see how it goes. The plants will know much better than I the correct time to sprout in Florida!! Some things are better left to nature.

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11/17/12 6:41 P

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Thanks for the link. I had no idea what was involved besides sowing seeds in the winter. I will continue to sow salad fixins through the winter. But it's an interesting idea to go ahead and sow the next season seeds when I get the new boxes in in January, and see who DOES come up when it's warm enough.

The other thing I thought I could do is sow some when I'm in NC over Christmas and bring to Florida and see how we do.

I did sprout lettuce mix up there in October when it was too hot in Florida for them to germinate.

Interesting concept because some spring garden plants really need to get started early down here so they're done before it gets too hot. And I'm always worried about that possible last frost the first week in April.



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11/16/12 12:47 P

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Nope, never tried it but I might. I do have volunteers of cherry tomatoes every year and I had a cucumber as well, oh, and lots of cilantro.
Of course they may have come with the compost from my composting activites! I'm pretty sure that's how I have cilantro all in my asparagus!

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11/16/12 11:42 A

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I am trying it for the first time and i love the concept. No babying.. let the strongest survive.

I would like to know if any of have tried it and what your thoughts are? How did it work out for you?

If you don't know what the heck I am talking about :) here is a link or FAQ section to Wintersowing.

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