In any case, since my indoor seed-starting shelves will surely be packed to the gills again this spring, I decided to try my hand at winter sowing. I'm not surprised that it's taken me this long to give winter sowing a try. I have a horrible tendency to want to start my plants in a controlled indoor environment and as early as possible. Truth be told, many of my flower seedlings last year were somewhat root-bound by the time I had the chance to set them out in the garden. This year, I'm determined to take a more laid back approach (short of direct seeding them in the garden).
I don't have plastic milk jugs lying around to create the mini greenhouses associated with winter sowing, so instead, I'm putting my pots into a large clear plastic bin. I plan to drill plenty of hole into the lid and sides to prevent the inside from overheating. For now, I've placed the bin on our covered porch. If and when the 3 feet of snow we currently have melts, I'll move the bin to a sunnier part of the yard. Hopefully, I won't be disappointed with the results.