Growing Pansies from Seeds Over the Winter

Flirty Skirts Pansy orange

Flirty Skirts Pansy Review

Last year, I ordered Flirty Skirts Pansy seeds from Park Seed. I also have a https://youtu.be/0GL8rrnHKMY video of my experience planting pansy seeds in the fall and watching them bloom in spring. These grew just as well as any other pansy I have grown but I am not certain whether or not they will set seeds and reseed themselves. They were very pretty as you can see!

(Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with any seed companies. The purpose of my reviews is simply to help people find the seeds because I do not do not sell or trade these seeds.)

Swiss Giants Blend

Swiss Giants Photo Review

Delta Pure Colors Mix Pansy Seeds

Delta Pure Color Mix Review

Pansy Got the Blues

Pansy Got the Blues Photo Review

Winter Garden Clean Up Planting Dahlia Tubers and Cosmos Corms

In this video, I am planting dahlia tubers and crocosmia mix corms on January the 16th, 2021, in zone 8b. My first winter Amaryllis bloom was Marquis, and it is in the intro! This year, I am planting an assortment of winter vegetables I will be updating later.

I have planted strawberry cabbage lettuce, Alpine strawberries, Kyoto red carrots, Red Cored Chantenay carrots, Japanese Minowase Daikon radish, Early Wonder Beets, and Cipolle di Tropea onions. I am enjoying growing vegetables throughout the winter! It will be necessary to watch the weather and be prepared to cover my containers with blankets if the weather forecasts a freeze. So far, the plants have survived 30 and 31 degree nights without covering. Still, I don’t want to make the mistake of not covering if it gets into the 20s, which doesn’t happen very often. I may have to cover my plants overnight a few times throughout this winter, but most nights will hover in the high 30s and 40s.

Strawberry Cabbage Lettuce

I also spent some time doing fall garden clean up. I have enjoyed using the Sunbelt weed fabric but have found it still requires some weeding and maintenance. I have kept all fallen leaves and debris swept off and kept the edges trim with the weed eater. I think I would rather sweep my garden than pull weeds any day! The result of not keeping the weed mat clean is that weeds will grow in the mulched debris. I will place some rabbit manure in the holes left from last year’s plantings and cover that with hay to prevent weeds from growing over the winter.

Last November, I planted some echinacea seeds gathered for Cheyenne Spirit Echinacea, and I am so curious what colors will bloom this summer. In this photo, you can see the echinacea and my grape hyacinth doing well in the cold weather of January!

fall sown echinacea seedlings
fall sown echinacea and grape hyacinth
grape hyacinth and echinacea