The Q&A Archives: Winter Annuals

Question: What is the best way to prepare a pansy annual bed?

Answer: I would remove all vegetation and spread 2-3 inches of compost over the top and dig it in about a shovel's depth (8 inches). Then rake the bed smooth and plant your pansies. They will bloom a long time if you pinch off the spent flowers before they set seeds. When you know the season is coming to an end and the plants begin to look tired and shopworn, allow the last of the flowers to develop seeds. These should spill onto the soil and sprout for you early next spring. Enjoy!

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