A few months back, KathyB posted about winter sowing. I was intrigued by the idea for a couple of reasons:
1) Because it's suppose to produce stronger, healthier plants vs planting indoors
2) I wouldn't have to listen to Dave complain that grandma's table was covered in seedlings for two straight months (it's not my fault - it's the only spot in the house that gets enough light.
So... I ran out and got some seeds, but I had one problem. We don't have milk jugs here. Our milk comes in bags or cartons. It took some time, but with a little creativity, Mom and I scrounged up a vinegar jug, a few apple cider jugs, some distilled water bottles and a couple pop bottles. and on the weekend I finally got around to planting them
It's much later than I planned on starting them - but there should still be plenty of freeze and thaw to get them going (the whole weekend temps were below freezing... today we're up to 11C/51F).
I've held back about half of each packet of seeds, just incase this is a total fail. The sunflowers in particular are a bit of a gamble. Winter Sowing is really meant for hardy perennials, though they say you can start some of the tougher annuals (like Sweet Peas) in March.
Time will tell, but I'm hoping to see sprouts round about April... that's only a few more weeks....