Sow flowers even in Winter for Pollinators

There are flowers we can sow even in the colder weather that will sleep happily and pop up just in time for sleepy hungry pollinators to get buzzy about, right there amongst the vegies. Here are our top picks for cheap and easy Level Zero flower seeds (the ‘just-chuck-em-in’ kind) to sow in Winter.

{psst: and a bonus this season – these three winter choices have edible blossoms, and look supercute on a salad or pretty garnish}

June – ALYSSUM

Like snow in your vegie beds, these pretty little flower mounds are a favourite for pollinators, self-seed like a champion, and boom even in hot summers when other flowers might struggle. The white variety are the most attractive to bees, and most hardy. If you have truly hideous winters, you may find they stay asleep for a while, but don’t panic…. they are just waiting for the right moment to spring to life.

July – VIOLA Johnny Jump-ups

Cute-as-a-button golden kitty faces of these wild little violas are lovely any time of year, but they can handle the cold too so why not put them in this month to get a Johnny July Jump on spring to come. With self-seeding if you leave them long enough, you’ll get another run of them from late summer through to bloom again late Autumn – excellent value.

August – CALENDULA

Prepare for cheery, sunny blooms of Calendula by sowing in August. Our local indigenous season is ‘Guling’ (Orchid Season), and though cold and wet, you’ll feel the season changing. Here in Victoria, the native orchids are on show, Wattle buds get ready to burst, male buck koalas can be heard bellowing at night, and caterpillars are fully on the march. Our early stone fruit blossoms may even burst early. In this weather, Calendular seeds will fair just fine.

~FROST~ These winter seeds are all pretty hardy, but if your place gets some serious Jack Frost action, then even just an upturned plastic ‘roller box’ type container over the top at night with a brick weight on top will be more than enough protection until they get going.

Growing Method for easy flower seeds:

With the chilly weather, these little babies will be happy to sleep, take up soaking rain and soil nutrients in their own sweet time. Sowing them is as easy as swapping or buying a packet of seed (just one will do – these are veggie bed flowers and will take up just a smidge of space), rip the packet, scratch up the soil with your dibber or the totally indispensable garden knife (or even an old fork), sprinkle seeds on the soil, scratch in again to cover, and walk away. Ground moisture and rain will water them.

Seriously the quickest way to plant your pollinator food flowers each month
  1. I made rough scratched rows with my garden knife to put the teeny tiny seed
  2. sowed the seed (nothing too precious, just guessed) and then scratched the other way to cover them but still leave mini furrows to keep them from floating away in any rain
  3. used some scrap twigs from the morning pruning of a bush to poke in around them to remember where I planted them, keep the birdies off and provide a mini wind break. Also if I want to cover with a tea towel on heavy frost nights, it grabs onto the twigs and won’t blow away.
  4. All in and ready for rain. If it’s quite dry at your place, then a light sprinkle every other day til they pop up is enough.

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