|Nice to have dirt under the fingernails in February|
Place trays outside. Many prefer to place trays on a picnic table or an elevated structure where they can be reached easily. Although you want to expose the seeds to elements, placing them in a sheltered location prevents them from being blown over when the winter winds howl. Seeds can be placed on the deck or porch and moved to a sunnier location once snow begins to melt and spring approaches. I placed mine on the shelter of window boxes. I tied ribbon on them so they looked like a decoration to those passing by.
Allow trays to freeze and thaw naturally. When spring arrives, the soil will thaw and seeds will germinate at the proper time. Remove the plastic once seedlings emerge and danger of freezing has passed.
As many people know my garden is rented and I live in an apartment, so the place where I am winter sowingis on my apartment patio. I placed a window box on the ground near the windows so the containers did notssit on the concrete. I have several hanging window boxes that I decorate with greens for the holiday that
were frozen to the railing by January, so I tied bows on pop bottles and nestled the bottles down in the old
soil and started a few there as well. My patio faces north to northeast so those near the window are rather
sheltered the ones in the hanging boxes are exposed to more elements.