Liven up your balcony, patio or front-door step with a wildflower meadow in a pot.
Not all of us have gardens, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still plant pollinator-friendly pots to give our bees and butterflies a much needed boost.
Here are some simple instructions, as well as some recommended wildflower species, for planting your very own mini wildflower meadow.
How to grow your wildflower meadow in a pot
- Ensure that your container has good drainage in the bottom (if not, you could drill some drainage holes) and prepare the pot by putting crocks or rocks in the base.
- Fill the container to a few inches below the rim with a peat-free multi-purpose compost.
- Add a 2cm layer of a peat-free seed compost and then thinly sow a layer of wildflower seed.
- Add another 1cm layer of seed compost and again, sow a layer of wildflower seed.
- Cover with a final 1cm layer of seed compost and water well but gently so as to not disturb the seeds.
- Place the pot in a sunny spot and water weekly.
Recommended for planting: cornflowers, wild pansies, poppies, corn marigolds, corn buttercups