Reminder: you can plant seeds outside now using winter sowing

mini-greenhouse made from recycled plastic milk jug in Buffalo NY
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Yes, I know there’s snow on the ground and temperatures have been in the single digits here in Western New York.

But here’s a gardening task you can do outside now: plant seeds. It’s called winter sowing.

You do it by making a mini-greenhouse and using seeds that take cold temperatures. Plant the seeds in your mini-greenhouse, set it in a sheltered area (such as against a fence) and wait for spring. When the temperatures get warm enough, your seeds will sprout.

Here are some of the many plants you can start now using winter sowing:


  • Tomatoes
  • Squash, including zucchini
  • Cantaloupe


  • Alyssum
  • Cosmos
  • Delphinium
  • Lupine
  • Marigold
  • Zinnia

Get details here.

4 Comments on “Reminder: you can plant seeds outside now using winter sowing

  1. Hi Kathryn, yes, there is plenty of time for winter sowing. That’s what makes it nice. You can do it when it’s convenient.

  2. I will wait till 2nd or 3rd week of February to winter sow, Plenty of time to get those seeds started 12 weeks till May, when we can get them in the ground 🌸❀️🀞

  3. Is it best to place these jugs in an area similar to what they seeds like? (Southern exposure, or part sun)

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