Monday, February 2, 2009

Winter Sowing

The seeds of plants native to this region typically need a winter's freeze and thaw cycle to germinate. The seeds can be planted in the ground in the autumn; but for better protection from animals and the elements, milk-jug greenhouses can be used. More seedlings survive with this method, potentially.

(It should be noted, however, that I only tried this once before, indoors.)

My complete list of winter-sewn seeds for Gabe's Garden will be:

Andropogon gerardi - Big Bluestem grass
Panicum virgatum - Switch Grass
Sorghastrum nutans - Indian Grass
Allium stellatum - Prairie Onion
Echinacea simulata - Glade Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea - Purple coneflower
Echinacea paradoxa - Yellow coneflower
Monarda citriodora - Lemon Mint
Monarda fistulosa - Wild Bergamot

. . .and also Dog Hobble, Leucothoe fontanesiana, for the back yard, which I plan to use as a barrier around the poison sumac.


hero爺 said...

Milk-jug greenhouse, it's great idea. At first I thought milk-jug is a kind of plant pot for winter season.
I was suprised to know milk-jug is a just container for milk.

Michelle said...

Yes, I am recycling my milk jugs! :)

My doctor told me that I needed to drink more milk, so we have a lot of them.