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How To Plant Your Own Wildflower Meadow

By rekeeley, Feb 12 2016 06:08PM

Here at Natural Favours HQ we have worked really hard to create a garden that is as friendly to wildlife as possible. We grow our DIY wedding flowers and natural confetti petals in as natural a way as possible and avoid the use of chemical nasties that can be harmful to bees, butterflies and other creatures.

Natural Favours HQ is on a hill, so getting a lawn mower around is literally an uphill struggle! We decided that we wanted more "wild" areas, places where nature could take over and our input would be minimal. To achieve this whilst at the same time reducing the area of homogenous lawn to mow, we decided to create our own mini wildflower meadow! If you want to do the same, just follow my simple steps below;

Our Wildflower Patch Before & After
Our Wildflower Patch Before & After

1) Select a suitable area - somewhere that gets a fair amount of sun is best

2) Prepare the area - we chose an area of lawn and so had to clear the turf to reveal the soil beneath. Although this was hard work, the results were worth it

3) Don't add fertiliser - as a rule wildflowers like poor soil, so keep it simple

3) Select your seeds - we chose a mix that contained both grasses and flowers for a lovely meadow effect, it had ox-eye daisies, bird's foot trefoil, crested dog's tail and quaking grass to name but a few

4) Depending upon the mix you choose will depend upon when you sow them so check the instructions. We sowed ours on the surface and then just walked over them to tread them in as opposed to burying them in soil as ours needed light to germinate

5) Protect your seeds - birds like seeds so protect them, we covered the area with netting which did the trick

6) Be patient - the first years growth may be sparse as the seeds establish. However, by the second year our patch was looking amazing and it was so worth the wait

7) Management - each year I leave my patch to it, if it gets a bit long I may give it an early cut in spring but generally I leave it to it's own devices and just cut it in late summer once most of the seeds have set. You must remove the arisings to ensure the wildflower patch doesn't get too many nutrients, remember, wildflowers like poor soil

You can create your own mini wildflower patch or pot with much less effort with our wildflower seed favours! Each packet comes with full growing instruction. Check out naturalfavours.com/shop for the full range

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