For several years I have thought I would like to try Winter Sowing. After several attempts at sowing seeds indoors without much luck, I decided to try outdoors sowing. It's a really easy no fuss way if you have patience and trust. Patience that you can wait for the seeds to sprout when the conditions are right. Trust that they WILL germinate and grow, even if the temps in January are hovering around freezing or lower. If you are interested, go to www.wintersown.org for a delightful website which explains it all. www. Dave's Garden.com also has a winter sowing forum. With what I learned on these two sites, I set up my clear plastic covered box with about 15 different zip loc bags with different seeds in each including larkspur, kale, mesclun, lettuce, chard, spinach, poppies and zinnias (I could have waited on those but decided to give it a try). All but the zinnias are hardy annuals. Will see what happens and will keep you posted.
Here's a photo of what I hope to see, maybe in April as a result of my experiment. It's dinosaur kale!