Sow­ing wild flow­ers

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Na­tive wild flow­ers will pro­vide colour and pollen for bees through­out the sum­mer. As long as the ground is well pre­pared, they are easy to start off and main­tain. The soil is dug over and any plants or roots dili­gently re­moved. No fer­tiliser is re­quired as grasses thrive in nutri­ent-rich soil and can out­com­pete any flow­ers. The soil is then raked to a crumbly con­sis­tency and the seeds scat­tered over evenly by hand. In­clud­ing some sand in the mix can help make it eas­ier to see where they fall. Many seeds need sun­light to ger­mi­nate so are not buried, but can be gen­tly raked over to pro­vide some pro­tec­tion and pre­vent them blow­ing away. The area is then wa­tered and left alone, ex­cept in dry spells when more wa­ter­ing may be nec­es­sary. In sum­mer, the blooms will cre­ate a vi­brant, colourful patch.

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