Now you’ve got your wildflower seeds, you’ll be wanting to sow them and bring the bees and other pollinators into your garden.
What's in your seed mix?
Our seeds are sourced from Boston Seeds and you can see the mix, here:
How to sow your seeds
Seeing your seeds come alive is easy and fun: follow these simple guides to show you how to sow and create your flower patch.
First you will want to choose your spot – ideally, this will be a brightly lit area with fairly low fertility. (If you are using high fertility top soil, you may wish to mix in some sand and grit to reduce the nutrient).
For best results, prepare your space a couple of weeks in advance, so that you can remove any grass or perennial weed regrowth.
Each packet of seeds will cover about a square metre, so bear this in mind when choosing a site.
What will I need?
- basic gardening tools:
- garden fork or spade
- garden trowel (you can use a fish slice if you don’t have one)
- garden rake (a large fork will also work)
- watering can or jug
- wild flower seed mix
- gardening gloves (optional)
Follow these steps…
- Pick a nice day when the soil is neither too wet nor too dry
- Dig over the soil and break up or put aside large clumps Remove weeds so the wild flowers don’t have any competition, and any large stones
- Rake the soil to make it fine and crumbly
- Scatter your seeds evenly – a little at a time for an even spread (Tip: to make spreading easier, mix seeds in a bucket with a small amount of dry play sand so you can see where you’ve sown them)
- Rake the soil gently to just cover the seeds with a very thin layer (1mm) of fine crumbly soil Be careful not to bury them or they won’t grow as they will need the sunlight for germination
- Water the whole area gently using a watering can, taking care not to wash your seeds away
- You should see some shoots in just a couple of weeks…
Nuturing your seedlings…
Now you wait for the magic to happen - Grow Wild have some great info on nurturing your seedlings, but remember that, if you're sowing in Autumn, you won't see the same growth - you may see some shoots, but mostly seeds will remain dormant over the winter.
Debs' top tip:
When sowing in early spring, pop your seeds in the freezer for a couple of nights - wildflowers grow best with a frost to kick-start germination. Enclosed and coastal areas don't get much frost, but we can use this trick to let our seeds know it's time to grow!!!