Do you want to know how to attract nectar-loving, pollinating bees, butterflies and insects to your garden? Are you unsure what time of year to sow wildflower seeds or worried you don’t have enough space to plant a wildflower bed? Think again.

In this fun, super-easy tutorial learn how to plant an environmentally friendly wildflower meadow in a wheelbarrow or container. It takes up very little space in even the smallest wildlife garden.

It’s a simple way to create a DIY 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 Restore an Old Wheelbarrow to Make a Wildflower Garden

You will need:

  • One old wheelbarrow
  • 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

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

For more small garden container ideas try Kids of the Wild’s DIY Welly Plant Containers and for more ways to get active in the garden see 25 Ways to Go Wild in the Garden

Or read more in our Gardening pages.


Get the Gear

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Hammerite Metal Paint, blue

New Horizon Organic Peat-free Compost

Just Seed Wildflower Seeds Mix