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Wildflowers

A good idea for an empty space on an allotment is to plant some wildflowers. They are available as mixed seed packets and are often planted between March and May.

Many wildflowers are annuals, but they will set seed, so may grow back the next year. For this reason, they may be invasive, so watch out for when they begin to spread.

Make sure you are careful around wildflowers as they may be poisonous. Check they are safe around any pets or children you may have.

Growing Seeds

When growing seeds, whether in a heated propagator, or outdoors, there are a few important guidelines that you need to follow to ensure that the growing process runs as smoothly as possible.

  1. You should always label the seeds so you know what they are. It is best to put plant, variety, planting date and expected germination date on the label. This means that you will not get plants mixed up, and you will know to dispose of those which have not grown after about two weeks after the expected germination date.
  2. Do not over-water the seeds. If they have too much water in their soil, they will rot. This means that seed is wasted and if the rotting is fungal, it may spread to other plants nearby. Just moist soil is best.
  3. Do not forget to water. Seeds need water to germinate, so without any, nothing will happen. Keep soil moist by spraying with a water spray, standing in shallow water so it is absorbed (remember to remove it), or watering the pot or seed tray with a watering can with a fine rose.