Get A Head Start on Your Garden with Winter Sowing

COLLEGEVILLE PA – Two duplicate workshops that cover winter sowing, a method of starting seeds outdoors in winter, are scheduled for Jan. 7 (2023; Saturday) and Jan. 10 (Tuesday), both from 9:45-11 a.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Rd. Both events are free and open to the public. Free parking also is available.

No previous gardening experience is needed, and all materials will be provided. Space is limited, so advance registration is required by Jan. 5 (Thursday). Register by sending an e-mail to and include your name, contact information and the session date you want to attend.

These workshops, sponsored by Montgomery County’s Master Gardeners, cover the benefits of this method of germinating seeds. It offers advantages over indoor seed-starting, which requires grow lights and the hardening-off of seedlings.

The workshops also will cover needed materials, what seeds can be used, and how to plant seedlings once they germinate. Participants will make a mini-greenhouse in a container (at top), and sow seeds to take home with them.

Workshop presenters are Lori Curtis and Sandie Menke, master gardeners who have been winter sowing seeds successfully for many years. Master Gardeners are specially trained and certified by Penn State Extension, and provide education on a broad range of horticultural topics and practices based on university research and recommendations.

For more information, call 610-489-4315.

Photo provided by Penn State Extension in Montgomery County