There ARE some things that professional growers do that you can do at home to increase your chances of success growing seeds this Spring.
Almost any plant will thrive in a strawberry jar planted this way! This one irresponsible woman left one at my garden center for months and we figured out a way to make it grow!
We grew and sold so many planted just like this! Herbs, strawberries, everything.
Use a paper tube and perlite to make a natural drainage system that keeps the plants watered and keeps the soil from compacting....
These cute little soldiers are the biggest hit every Christmas. My boys insist on combing through the decorations until we find them. Then there are battles. Marches. Capture the candy cane!
Wheatgrass is so fast growing and so pretty. It only takes a few days to get magazine quality plants! It looks so chic growing in almost anything. Must be why they use it in interior design spreads. Expanded, it makes an impressive statement piece! Here's a whole table!
Algae grows in damp, shady places. And sometimes sunny ones. This trick doesn't kill the algae, it just makes the conditions very inhospitable so it doesn't grow. You will still need to keep things drier. http://www.caleyskitchengarden.com/2013/09/whats-that-green-stuff.html
Don't be intimidated about cooking a whole pumpkin. It is easy! Ours is so soft, we never have to do more than just scoop it out and freeze in one cup quantities. It will be ready to use, just like canned. One cup is the equivalent of what is needed in most recipes.
Still planting! Winter crops are roots and leafy greens. Around here that's beets and collards, And fruit trees, bushes... Here's the list:
Everywhere I've lived, even Ohio, winter gardening is possible and working in the garden on pretty winter days is a great relief from the cold, gray wet days! Here's a cheap, fast way to get a manageable sized garden started in just a couple hours.