Quite by accident, I may have come up with my best variation of the wintersown method so far for warm weather crops.
On March 15th I filled the bottom half of two jugs with my grow mix and added about 1/8 cup of compost to the mix. I planted about 7 eggplant seeds of one variety in one and 3 seeds in another. Taped the bottom part of the jugs to the top parts. I put the jugs on top of the washing machine in the porch until the seed germinated. As soon as it did, I moved the jugs outside.
My original intent was to transplant each plant to individual pots. Then it got cold again so I left them in the jugs. They were growing. It got warm again and I had other priorities. They continued to get bigger. Then it got cold again. I peaked through the top and things looked ok, but I was a bit worried about what I’d find when I took the top off.
Finally today, I took the tops off the jugs and couldn’t have been more pleased. They looked fabulous!
My notes for next year include:
- Wait until the end of March or first of April to start my eggplant.
- Do it exactly as described above.
- By the time they’re the size in the picture, it’ll be time to put them in the garden.
What a time saver! No watching, no watering, no worries. I’m liking this winter-sown method more all the time.
Organic Gardening is easy, effective, efficient and it’s a lot healthier.
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