A lot of people love seeing wildflowers on payment verges, alongside roads, in fields or on wasteland – but there has been a massive decrease in the amount of wildflower areas in the UK due to building and urbanisation and more use of pesticides.
The knock on of this means less opportunity for wildlife habitat and dwindling numbers of birds, insects, and mammals.
If you have a grass lawn could you make any of it into a patch of wildflower meadow? Or maybe grow wildflowers in a pot? Wildflowers can look stunning in window boxes or container pots, giving colour and pollinating life to an otherwise empty space. If you are using a pot or container, make sure it has drainage and don’t worry about the soil being too composty as wildflowers flourish on poor soil.
Make sure your soil is well raked soil ready before you scatter seeds, this is best done in March to May, or August to mid-October. You may want to cover with a bit of bird netting until the seeds germinate and the flowers grow. Once your flowers have flowered and seeded.
If you would like to know more about a great local initiative who are currently sending out free seeds please get in touch with incredible-edible-wakefield.co.uk