Protect your garden with wildflowers: four steps to success

With the moon about to rise, it is the perfect time to sow wildflowers and beneficial insect flowers. If sown now, these will be up and flowering for early summer which is a great time to be bringing beneficial and predator insects into the garden.

How to sow these seeds in four simple steps:

Usually I am a gardener that likes to throw seeds around and leave the rest to Mother Nature.

However, with these types of seeds I have found that ground preparation is important for successful germination. The seeds for these types of flowers can be very fussy, as they are not too happy to compete with weeds.

Here’s my steps for success based on the experiences I have had:

Step 1: Prepare an area of garden you want them to go in and weed thoroughly

Step 2: Scatter some seed raising or potting mix on the areas

Step 3: Then scatter the seeds and cover with a light dusting of potting mix, pat down and water

Step 4: Cover with netting to prevent the birds or cats from disturbing the soil (eating or the other thing…!)

Top tip: I advise you not to put heaps of soil on top of the seeds, as too much will stop them from germinating. You can rake them into the prepared soil if you like, as this works just as well.

These seeds can be up and growing within a few days if planted at the right time of the moon. These flowers are not that hungry so huge amounts of food are not needed. A little lime can help sweeten the soil, but isn’t essential.

I never thin mine out as it gives a great blanket of flowers when fully grown. The flowers tend to germinate at different times, so don’t worry if this happens. They will push their way through to give you a grand display.

Top tip: The key to longevity for some of these flowers is to diligently dead head them, as new flowers will keep coming all the time. Then, towards the end of the season, let them go to seed and collect this for next season’s growing.

I sow lots of these seeds in all different areas of my garden for a few reasons:

#1 to bring beneficial insects in for my vegetable garden

#2 for the pure beauty of the flowers

#3 when planted towards your boundaries, as well as close to your veggie garden, the more insects you will attract.

Top tip: As your seeds grow into tiny plants, make sure you know what types of weeds are in your garden, as these could sprout amongst your seeds and take over.

This is especially important in the first 6-8 weeks of growth. After this time they are pretty self-sufficient and will grow and bloom, bringing both you and the insects much pleasure and benefit.

If you live in the warmer parts of New Zealand, you can start your sowing now and continue sowing for the next few months. This way you will ensure a continuous blooming period.

Beneficial flowers do not require huge amounts of water as, when densely planted, they cover the ground and help to retain moisture in the soil.

My last top tip: If you don’t have time to prepare the soil this week, I advise you to sow them in deep trays and transplant next month. I have successfully done this in the past, as long as you plant them out before they are too big. Alternatively, if you have a container garden, they will go well in this area.

Happy gardening!

4 thoughts on “Protect your garden with wildflowers: four steps to success”

  1. Thank you for this great advice Claire. You’ve solved my problem of what to plant in a large area of my garden which I’ve just spent days weeding and it’s been quite an effort in the recent wet conditions. I have a varied collection of seeds from the garden club waiting to be sown and lots of seeds gathered from my previous attempt at a wild flower garden. Lucky you being in the UK to enjoy the fabulous weather my friends and family keep boasting about with frequent photos. Meanwhile, stay safe and well. Kindest regards from Onetangi, Sheila

    1. Hi Shiela! Thank you for your kind words, and may you receive as much joy from the wild flowers as I do. Though sadly, the UK is rainy and thunderstorms for at least 50% of the time I have been here!!!
      Take care, and thanks for following my blog

  2. Hi Claire. Do you have any suggestions on what wildflowers to plant? Maybe mixed packets of seeds (suitable for Waiheke)? Thanks

    1. Hi Johanna, I would recommend looking on the kings seeds website, where there are a lot to choose from. The beneficial insect blend is great, phacelia and the low grow wildflower blends are all excellent. Please do send some pictures when they are in flower and thank you for doing your bit for our insect life! Claire

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