Here in the UK we love a garden and even more so following a global pandemic! But how wild is your plot? We’re not talking about overgrown areas filled with brambles, creepers and unpruned trees, but is it wild enough to serve your local pollinators and wildlife?
Over the years we have switched lawns for patios and fake turf, taking a huge chunk of nature out of our gardens. Many of us have patios or paving, it’s functional and serves a brilliant purpose, plus you can still grow plants in containers and pots. But delve a little deeper into your garden…do you have plants that attract pollinators? Have you embraced a longer lawn in areas? Have you created a habitat for beneficial bugs? Do you have a mini wild flower meadow?
With 97% of wild flower meadows having been eradicated in less than a century, and the last remaining fragments of grasslands increasingly vulnerable, there has never been a more important time to embrace these amazing flowers in our own gardens.
Creating a pocket meadow has never been easier and whilst the spring planting season is long gone, wild flowers can also be planted in early autumn. Planting between September and October can help the seeds to establish better for the coming year as the air is moist. Even frost has its benefits, assisting the rate of germination.
Introducing Mini Meadow Wild Flower Seed Mix
Our bestselling Mini Meadow Wild Flower Seed Mix is quick and easy to use and is different from regular wild flower mixes because it includes rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi to build a strong root system. Gardeners, school children and businesses use it. In fact, in 2020 we sold 115,682 packs of our 3m2 and 1.6l packs combined which is the equivalent of 347,046m2 of wild flowers planted from our seeds alone!
Each pack contains wild flower varieties that the RHS lists as ‘perfect for pollinators’ these include: Yarrow, Corn Cockle, Cornflower, Common Knapweed, Foxglove, Viper’s Bugloss, Lady’s Bedstraw, Corn Marigold, Oxeye Daisy, Field Forget-me-not, Common Poppy, Selfheal, Meadow Buttercup, Red Campion, White Campion, Salad Burnet, Great Mullein.
Where to sow wild flowers
Flower Beds in gardens, containers or allotments – Simply prepare the ground and remove any weeds, rake over the area, scatter the seeds, lightly cover and water. For pots, troughs and containers fill with seed compost and sow.
Lawns – Dig out a section of lawn and prepare the ground and sow as you would if you were sowing them in a regular flower bed.
Greenroofs – Planning permission may be required for substantial planting on permanent dwellings. Planting on a green roof on a shed requires a slightly slanted roof, you will need to create a housing to keep the soil/compost and plants in place, a waterproof membrane and adequate drainage. Sow in the same way as you would for flower beds.
Anywhere by making a bee bomb – This is a great activity for kids to do in the summer holidays. Mix wildflower seeds with compost and clay dust in a tray. Add a small amount of water to the mixture so that it sticks together. Roll into small balls and leave to dry. Once dry the bee bomb can spread a little wildflower joy in the garden or on roadsides.