Sow a Flower Meadow
Romantic, colorful and easy to maintain, meadows are also perfect habitats for wildlife. The flowers and grasses will thrive on infertile soil in a sunny site, and they need just one cut each year after the plants have set seed.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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Use a spring-tined rake to lightly cover the seeds with soil after sowing. To avoid walking over sown areas, sow a small area at a time and then rake over it, before moving on to the next.
Firm Soil Gently
Use the back of a garden rake to gently compact the soil, ensuring good contact between seed and soil, which helps germination. It also makes the seed less visible to birds, who will happily eat their way through the lot if given the chance.
Keep Birds at Bay
To prevent hungry birds from eating the wildflower seed, set up a series of strings with old CDs threaded onto them across the sown area. The CDs reflect light as they move in the wind, which frightens off the birds.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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A basket garden full of colorful foliage and flowers will create a welcome focal point for the patio during chilly weather.