Attention gardeners: planting season has just begun! Join UConn Advanced Master Gardener and Master Composter Alice Ely as she demos and walks us through the process of winter sowing, a growing trend amongst gardeners.
Indoor seed sowing can be tricky, and quite frankly, expensive. Outdoor winter sowing utilizes repurposed items (i.e. plastic milk and juice containers) and also imitates nature: many seeds, especially native varieties, require chilling, or stratification, prior to germination. Winter sowing takes care of that aspect naturally. It's a win win situation. A "set it and forget it" kind of deal, until May, that is.
Come see what the excitement is about! Alice will also be distributing locally grown and harvested seeds for your winter sowing projects.
About the Presenter
Alice Ely is a UConn Advanced Master Gardener & Master Composter and creator of multiple public and private butterfly habitats in Fairfield County. She promotes and organizes native plants through Westport’s Pollinator Pathway, and is the garden education chair at Westport’s Wakeman Town Farm where she teaches sustainable gardening . Alice raises Monarch butterflies as a hobby, and she serves as Monarch Watch's conservation specialist for the Northeast. When she’s not out playing in her own garden, she coaches homeowners in how to do the same, through her business, Garden With Alice.