Do you think it’s too late in the year to sow wildflower seeds? Don’t think you have enough space to plant a wildflower bed? Think again.
It’s Wild about Garden Week and our wildflower wheelbarrow (or any other old container) takes up very little space. It’s a simple way to create a mini wildflower meadow on a postage stamp and you’re not too late to sow seeds this autumn for a display next spring.
Restore an old wheelbarrow
1. Take one rusty, decades-old wheelbarrow belonging to a much beloved great Uncle (hopefully with his approval from the great allotment in the sky!)
2. Scrub off the rust and re-paint with a shiny new coat of metallic blue Hammerite metal paint.
3. Allow to dry.
4. Roughly line with a black bin bag making a couple of puncture holes for drainage (the barrow already had holes in so the bag is a bit of added protection).
5. Fill with soil or compost. Wildflowers don’t need particularly rich soil but we’re organic gardeners at Kids of the Wild so any organic peat-free compost is great.
6. Add a packet of wildflower seeds from Friends of the Earth’s Bee Cause or Royal Botanic Garden Kew’s Grow Wild and you’re doing your bit for the environment too, so everybody wins. Or you can buy mixed wild flower seed packs if you prefer.
7. Sprinkle with water, whisper a fertility spell and muster a little patience.
Project for a small garden
It only needs the tiniest garden, patio space or balcony and you’ve created a thing of beauty as well as a home for bugs and insects and a food supply for bees, butterflies and other nectar-loving critters.
Our wildflowers were planted rather late in the season in July.
Not sure what the Wild One is up to in this photo…
They grew wonderfully well but needed a lot more watering than our other containers as there are so many plants competing in such a small space. It’s now the end of October and they’re still flowering!
Plant wildflowers NOW
Wildflower seed mixes can be sown in spring or autumn so it’s not be too late to plant them now to flower next year – check out Grow Wild’s website for more information.
GET GROWING! Mother Nature will love you for ever.
Poppies, corn chamomile and cornflowers growing in Uncle Paul’s wheelbarrow