Winter Sow Your Vegetable Garden the Lazy Way


winter sown spinach 

Winter sown spinach 

What does it mean to “winter sow” your seeds? At its simplest, it means to sow your vegetable seeds directly into your garden soil in the late winter. This is after all what God designed the seeds to do in nature: fall from the plant, wait out the cold weather, then germinate and sprout in place.

At its most complicated, winter sowing involves planting your seeds in plastic containers set out in the garden in winter. You later transplant the seedlings from the containers into their garden bed. You can learn how at Winter Sow Your Seedlings.

Either method works. The reason I like the simplest approach is primarily because I’m a lazy gardener. I want to get the greatest and most varied harvest possible with the least amount of work. That laziness is also why I winter sow without the use of covering materials for the plants.

The second reason I like the simple approach is that you only do it with cool season vegetables rather than trying to do all your seedlings outside. By the time my summer seedlings would be coming up on their own I’m already in need of sizeable seedlings to take the place of my earliest crops. Tomato plants winter sown in containers are just going to be too small. So I start my summer crops indoors.

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