I like winter. Because, while the snow flies and temps hover in the 20's, I'm hanging out, planting seeds to fill my gardens and provide to others as well. I have a sunny, heated southwest porch that works pretty well for seed-starting, which usually commences in mid-January and ends mid-March. By mid-March, the porch is gets crowded and I fire up the greenhouse to finish and harden off mostly perennial and annual flower seedlings. So far, I've planted Candytuft, Lupines, Alyssum Mountain Gold, Cheyenne Coneflowers, Silver Princess Daisies, Mesa Peach Gaillardia, three varieties of Polkadot Foxgloves and more. Germination has been great. This week, I got my shipment of 800 2.5" pots and started potting up some seedlings. Also planted six varieties of Wave Petunias, which are a challenge, and Oriental Poppies. I prefer Jiffy Mix, which is a mix of fine peat moss and vermiculite, and I add a little more vermiculite to enhance drainage. Some prefer to plant right into pots, but I seed down containers and pull the seedlings once the second set of leaves has emerged. This saves space and allows you to transplant only the strongest seedlings. I add light for 3-4 hours in the evening just to extend the light period and keep the seedlings from getting leggy. I've done this for about 14 years now and I just can't help but grow too many plants. It's gratifying to see something through from a tiny seed in winter to a sturdy plant, flowering beautifully in summer.