Create a colourful wildflower garden in your back yard
You w ill need :
SEEDS Choose a Yates wildflower mix or design your own. Flowers to sow in spring include: ageratum, alyssum, cosmos, echium and Californian poppies. Find more on www.yates.co.nz
SOIL Well-drained garden soil or a bag of garden mix and some Yates Black Magic.
WATER Use a soft spray watering can or hose attachment.
1 Find a sunny patch of well-drained garden soil.
2 Remove all the weeds, roots and all.
3 Prepare your seed bed: loosen the soil with a trowel until it is crumbly like breadcrumbs, then use a rake to firm and level the surface. 4 Mix your seeds thoroughly with a handful of sand or Yates Black Magic. This makes it easier to scatter small seeds evenly. 5
Scatter the seed mixture evenly over your soil bed. 6 Water gently using a watering can or a hose with a soft fine shower so you don’t disturb your carefully sown seeds. 7 Keep the soil moist. Water gently every morning until your seedlings are 5-10cm tall. Once they have strong roots, they only need watering when the top of the soil feels dry.
If you have time, water the soil a week or two before you sow your seeds, then remove any new weeds that sprout.