This is my first time winter sowing seeds. If you would like more info on how this works, check out www.wintersown.org I have about 88 containers out so far. Also check out http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/wtrsow/
These are all covered with snow right now, and have been so for a few weeks. Seems the snow no more than starts to melt off, then we get some new. But I guess thats typical for this time of year.
Hopefully I will have loads of new plants to put out in this year. I love trying my hands at new things. I have learned how to take cuttings and propagate my flowers, shrubs, and trees. It is much more satisfying to watch your new plants take root, or grow from seed. Its just not the same buying them in pots in the store.
I wanted to add that according to other winter sowers, you no longer have the problem of dealing with damp-off. I always have trouble with that in the traditional sowing methods. There is no worry about seeds sprouting before frosts are over. Perennials and hardy annuals are planted out anytime during the winter, and tender annuals are usually put out around March in my zone. To winter sow, you just recycle old containers such as milk jugs, juice containers, and 2 liter pop bottles.Cut in half, punch drainage holes in the bottom, fill with dirt, plant seeds, tape shut, and set out. Oh, and be sure to leave the lids off . Then in the spring and probaby thru summer you will be planting out all your new goodies.