Bes and other beneficial insects depend on the availability of a diverse range of plants for their survival. Native wildflowers provide essential food and habitat for bees, butterflies, moths, and other pollinators.
A pot or container with drainage holes. You can add your own using a power drill or hammer and nail. A small bag of compost or use garden soil if it's not too heavy. Sand – to mix with compost or soil. Wildflower seeds A watering can with a fine spray nozzle so as not to wash away the seeds. Gardeners fleece and some string.
1.Wildflowers thrive in poor soil; we recreate this by mixing compost with sand. Aim for 50% sand in the mixture. 2.Give the soil a good watering and allow the water to soak in. 3. Mix your seeds with sand and scatter evenly over the soil surface. 4. Water again lightly from above using a watering can that has a fine spray nozzle.
5. Cut a piece of gardener’s fleece to size and secure it on top of your pot using string. This will help to keep any hungry birds away from your seeds to keep the surface of the soil moist for the seeds to germinate. 7. Water lightly twice a day. 8. Place your pot in a warm and sheltered area until the seeds have begun germinating.
Seedlings should begin to appear roughly 14-21 days after sowing wildflower seeds, with blooming usually occurring between 40-60 days after sprouting. But how long it takes for wildflowers to grow will vary vastly depending on the seed and environmental conditions.
- Picking flowers encourages the growth of more flowers, as the plant works hard to produce seeds from flower heads. - Don't forget to harvest any seeds that appear toward site end of the flowering season!
You can experiment with growing a variety of pots with different herbs and wildflowers.