How to sow
1 Using short bamboo sticks and string, mark out the area of your lawn that you will replace with meadow.
2 With a spade, cut along the string line to a depth of roughly 5–7½cm. The turf can then be shallow-cut and lifted.
3 Once the whole area of turf has been removed, turn over the soil with a garden fork. This loosens compacted ground and reveals any large stones in need of lifting and discarding.
4 Tread firmly on the soil to consolidate it before raking to a fine tilth.
5 Mix your chosen wildflower seed into a container of light, dry sand. The sand will help you to distribute the seed evenly, as well as indicating where seed has been sown once it is on the ground.
6 Water the ground prior to sowing to ensure that the seeds get off to a good start. Then broadcast your seed-and-sand mix evenly across the exposed soil.
7 Once you’ve sown your mini meadow, lightly tread the seed into the soil using flat-soled shoes. For a large meadow, use a roller, but for a smaller patch, feet of any size will do the job just as well.
This is an edited extract from My Tiny Flower Garden by Matt Collins (Pavilion).