Last year, I tried Winter sowing for the first time, and I loved it! I only did a few plants last year, broccoli and cauliflower. The broccoli and cauliflower plants didn't do well in the garden... it was plagued by bugs and mites, and never ended up growing any crowns, so I decided this year that I wasn't going to waste garden space on brassicas at all. Waste of my time in my opinion. But the seedlings from winter sowing were so strong, much more so than seeds started indoors. If you are a non-believer, just look at my seedlings comparison from last year. The brassica seedlings had thicker stems and were larger than the ones I started inside. Last year, I had volunteer tomato plants all over the garden. Dozens and dozens of them. Since there were dozens of volunteer tomato plants, I knew that winter sowing would work well for tomato seeds. I have been saving these plastic juice bottles to use as mini greenhouses to plant in. Here's a great explanation from Dave over at The Home Garden that explains how to winter sow, or check out the Wintersown.org website's article.
plant tags that I made out of plastic milk cartons. This is soooo my kind of lazing gardening. Sow and let nature do it's job. Now all I have to do is wait until spring to see if this worked! Fingers crossed.