I am so excited! In the late winter of 2011-2012, I sowed Amado Coneflower seeds that I bought from Seed Savers Exchange (Echinacea). It’s taken two seasons, but the Coneflower is just now blooming. I followed advice from Garden Gate Magazine on sowing seeds in milk jugs in winter when it’s still cold. The key to Coneflowers, and other perennials, is the seeds need to stratify before they will germinate. This means that seeds need to be exposed to cold and moist conditions. Some gardeners will put seeds in their fridge, but in my case, the seeds stayed outside in milk jugs for most of February through April. This is not an instant gratification kind of project, but it’s definitely worth the wait, and rewarding for a frugal person like myself.

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Here is the link to Garden Gate’s tutorial: http://www.gardengatenotes.com/2012/01/03/sowing-seeds-in-milk-jugs/

Happy growing!

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