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Bring your garden to life with a magical miniature wildflower meadow. Bees, butterflies and a host of other wildlife will thank you for it. And it will be beautiful too!
You can sow your mini wildflower meadow in spring (March/April) or in early autumn (September).
►Find out more about lawn and mini meadow habitats.
Protect newly-sown areas from hungry birds by stringing CDs on a line
Fork over the area you want to make into a meadow. Remove weeds and big stones, and rake the site level.
Blend the seed mix with dry sand to make it easier to apply evenly and show which areas have been sown.
Using canes, mark out a grid to help you sow evenly and according to the supplier's recommended rate. Broadcast the seed and sand mixture onto the soil using a wrist flicking motion.
Firm the bed down with the back of your rake. This ensures the seeds are in contact with the soil but aren't buried too deeply.
Protect your seeds from hungry birds by stringing CDs on a line over the bed. If the weather is dry while the seedlings are small, water them once a week.
Your meadow should be growing vigorously within a few weeks. Some plants can flower within six weeks; others will take a little longer.
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.