How to sow

The Simple Things - - NEST/GARDENS - Pho­tog­ra­phy: Roo Lewis

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).

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