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26/3/2019

Did you get seeds from The Pollinators? This is how you sow!

Received some organic flower seeds from the Pollinators? For the best results follow the sowing instructions below.

  1. Find a sunny space from which you know it will not be mown in the summer. We mostly advise you to sow in your own garden or balcony or for example in the edges of arable lands (with consent of the farmer). Avoid natural areas where there are already many plants growing in order to avoid disturbing a natural ecosystem.
  1. Make sure the ground that you are about to sow is free from vegetation. Don’t forget to remove the roots as well. Plants compete with each other for nutrients and sunlight and you do want your seedmix to win of course. It’s good to contemplate a bit when you are pulling plants out of the ground. If you find a steady plant with flowers it’s better to leave it growing. But there is no problem in taking out some grass. Or take some tiles out of your garden, even better!
  1. Loosen the earth a bit, with a spud for example. Don’t go deeper then a few centimeters, because you don’t want to disturb the soil life too much. 
  1. Spread your seeds, sow thrifty because 1 gram of seed is mostly enough for 1 square meter. You can scatter some garden soil for extra nutrients.
  1. Tramp on the soil and seeds gently. A small dance will do the trick! If your neighbors start to wonder what you’re doing then that’s a great motivation to start a conversation about the birds and the bees.
  1. Make sure the seeds get enough water. You can wait for a good rain shower but if it’s dry then you have to work the watering can, best to do it right after the sowing. If the weather stays dry you have to keep on giving the plants water.
  1. Keep a close eye on the seedlings after the sowing. Do you see the same plants coming up from step 2? Then it’s good to remove them again so your flowers get their chance to grow.

What kind of seeds did you get?

The seed mix we distribute consists of annual and biennial plants: phacelia, buckwheat, white mustard, coriander, alexandrian clover, incarnate clover, marigold, caraway, leaf radish, cornflower, cumin, dill, wild mallow, fennel, borage.

These plants contain attractive flowers for bees and butterflies. We would like to mention that perennials are also very important, because they provide a long-term solution. So keep this in mind if you really want to turn your environment into a pollinator's paradise.