Judy Spooner Viewpoint: Get a jump on spring with seeds in snowbank
A year ago, a Washington County certified master gardener told me that I could grow bedding plants in a snowbank. This sounded crazy but I followed her directions, supplemented by information on the Internet, and it worked.
It turned out that she was of sane mind, and by planting time, I had plants ready to put in my garden that I grew myself. It's called "winter sowing."