Wildflower planting with children.

Do you want to show your kids how to attract pollinators and help turn your outdoor space into a wildlife garden?

Are you unsure when to sow wildflower seeds or wonder how much space you need to plant a wildflower meadow? Don’t think you can grow wildflowers in containers? Think again.

Wildflower planting tutorial

In this fun, easy container gardening tutorial you will learn how to plant a wildflower meadow in an old wheelbarrow or other container. It takes up very little space in even the smallest garden and is a perfect gardening project for children.

It’s a simple way to create a mini wildflower meadow on a postage stamp and you can sow seeds in Spring or Autumn for a glorious display within a few weeks.

How to make a wildflower meadow in a wheelbarrow

Restore, recycle, reuse! It’s quick and easy to turn an old wheelbarrow into a wildflower meadow.

You will need:

  • One old wheelbarrow or other suitable container
  • Sandpaper
  • Metallic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Bin liner or heavy duty plastic bag
  • Organic, peat-free compost
  • Wildflower seeds

What to do:

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)

How to Plant Wildflower Seeds in a Container or Wheelbarrow

5. Fill your wheelbarrow container 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 – see below

7. Sprinkle with water, whisper a fertility spell and muster a little patience 🪄

Ta da!!


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 at Any Time of Year

Start wildlife gardening NOW. Wildflower seed mixes can be sown in spring or autumn so you can realistically plant any time from spring to autumn – 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

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For more small garden container ideas try our DIY Welly Plant Containers and for more ways to get active in the garden see 25 Ways to Go Wild in the Garden, read more in our Gardening pages and don’t forget Kids of the Wild’s take on the benefits of being outside, with the science included too!

Wild wishes for family fun restoring your old containers for wildflower planting!

Get the Gear

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I-Spy Wildflowers book

Hammerite Metal Paint, blue

New Horizon Organic Peat-free Compost

Bee Bombs wildflower seed mix

Just Seed Wildflower Seeds Mix

Seedballs wildflower mix

Garden wheelbarrow

Thompson & Morgan wildflower seeds