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RE: cold weather and winter gardening--outdoors?


Very interesting, Donna!  I'll have to try that earlier in the winter
(before the good snow cover!)  Thanks!  

I miss having time to "chat with" everyone!

Blessings,

Bonnie

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Donna 
Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2003 3:51 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] cold weather and winter gardening--outdoors?

It is basically the same thing as a plant re-seeding itself... just you
don't have the mother plant there :) Always re-seed the grass after the
cold weather has set in here, but before the snow and seeds are not that
noticeable to birds.. or they still have enough other stuff and leave it
'somewhat' alone.

Interesting thing happened at the greenhouse yesterday. Some of the
group was planting some native grass seeds. They had soaked the soil and
when they laid the seeds on it... they actually moved and set themselves
in position for sprouting... Had we *all* not seen this, and as more of
us came by to check out what they were saying and watched as more seeds
where added... I would not have believed it! Found it quite fascinating.

Donna

> 
> Someone at church was telling me about a speaker they heard
propounding
> the
> benefits of cold gardening/seeding.  Supposedly, we should be able to
drop
> cold tolerant seed on garden beds in the winter if there is no snow
cover
> (of which we are getting our fair share the last few days) and the
freeze
> and thaw is supposed to gently snuggle them into their beds and
prepare
> them
> for germination in the spring.  Now aside from the fact that we
probably
> won't see the dirt for at least another month or two, I don't know
whether
> I
> want to fumble with little seeds with gloved hands in the bitter cold
when
> the birds are obviously scrounging for their food and take the chance
that
> it won't be eaten within minutes of being "sprinkled."
> 
> Has anyone else heard of this phenomenon?  I'm quite curious.  Mother
used
> to say that her step-dad sprinkled grass seed on top of the snow to
fill
> in
> their damaged lawn.  Is there some value in this?
> 
> Blessings,
> 
> Bonnie

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