Over the Fence Urban Farm

Cooperatively farming small patches of Earth in Columbus, OH

Sowing Seeds in the Dead of Winter


“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
Robert Louis Stevenson


Like much of North America, we’ve been experiencing record cold temperatures in central Ohio this winter.  This has folks all over town dreaming of warmer days.  And gardens.  We’re doing more than just dreaming. We’re sowing seeds.

The past few years we’ve been planting things earlier and earlier, but this is definitely a new record.

The past 48 hours we’ve been priming a few spinach seeds Jodi picked up at the City Folks Farm Shop seed swap a few weeks back.  We have some nice south-facing window sills in the kitchen we’re going to try to grow them on, but if that’s not enough light, we’ll move them under the grow lights. Next week we’ll plant another round.

There are few things more magical than watching things grow up from seeds.  With the weather as cold as it’s been around here, we could all use the distraction.

3 thoughts on “Sowing Seeds in the Dead of Winter

  1. Hi, loved reading your post. I’m especially glad whenever I find a good link, such as the one you gave for spinach. I have had problems with germination being spotty. Good tips. I also have winter-sown in the past few years…milk cartons, seeded, and set outside for the cold months. I have had good luck with that too. Sowing seeds is on my to-do list this week. It gets me going to read good posts like yours…Happy Gardening.

    • I remember reading an article about a couple trying to grow everything for their wedding party. Might have been these folks, but I’m not sure. The spinach never came up and they were really disappointed. Our spinach production has also been hit or miss in the past. But the last few years have been really great and I’ve seen spinach growing beautifully on other farms in our hood.. We’ll be sure to keep sharing the best resources we can find on this.

      • Thank you so much for the link. I also followed several of the links they had included on their blog.

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