Winter sowing is a way to witness the miracle of growing

I’ve perused most of the catalogs that continue to arrive in my mailbox, flagging pages with items to add to my ever-growing wish list.

I ordered most-needed vegetable and flower seeds and a few new dahlia tubers and I’m preparing to order garden supplies.

I’m still cleaning and splitting last season’s dahlia tubers, and as soon as I’m finished will disinfect the plant room to make way for the trays of seedlings I plan to plant.

All of the seed-starting supplies will need to be washed and disinfected and the fluorescent tubes that have burned for more than a year will be replaced with new ones.

I’ve made lists of what needs to be done and when, and I’m nearly ready to commit the vegetable garden plan to paper.

In my mind, the countdown to spring has started. While it’s too soon to plant now vegetables, it’s the perfect time to sow the seeds of dill, cilantro, onions, leeks and celery inside.

It’s also a great time to winter-sow seeds that need cold stratification, such as perennials. This method of seed starting is where we try to mimic the conditions nature uses to germinate seeds in our climate.

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