Volunteers Request – Wildflower Meadow creation & maintenance

The parish council have been approached about a piece of land close to the Cheshire Grill, to help turn it into a Wildflower meadow.

The council may be able to provide the seeds, and organise with the land owners but we will need some volunteers to help maintain the area.

A wildflower meadow, as wild as it sounds, takes some effort to keep it from becoming wild and overgrown. From https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/a-wildflower-garden-in-your-backyard.htm

Creating Wildflower Gardens

In contrast to the formal English garden or even a traditional vegetable garden, a wildflower garden is truly inexpensive, easy to plant, and simple to maintain. You don’t have to spend endless hours weeding your wildflower garden because wildflower gardens are meant to be…well…wild! You also don’t need to spend hours watering or fertilizing your wildflower garden because the plants you will choose for your garden will be native species to your particular region of the world. This means that they’re most likely already in love with the soil that is natural to your garden, and they don’t expect to get much more rain than you would get on average each year. Although for most of the wildflowers in your garden, extra water and fertilizer won’t hurt the plants; in most cases, it will keep them blooming longer.

How to Start a Wildflower Garden in Your Backyard

In order to get started with your wildflower garden, the most straightforward option is to buy a large bag of native mixed wildflower seed to spread in your bed or meadow. Simply loosen the soil with a hoe or shovel and remove most of the weeds and grass from the planting site. Spread your seed over the prepared area and rake it in gently. Of course, you will want to follow any other directions on your seed package. Then, water in the seed well, leaving the sprinkler on for 30 minutes should do the trick. Continue watering the seeded area morning and night to ensure that it doesn’t dry out completely. Be sure to use a gentle sprinkler with a fine shower so that your precious wildflower seeds don’t get jostled around while they’re trying to sprout. Once the seeds sprout and your wildflower “toddlers” are on their way to being 3 or 4 inches (8-10 cm.) tall, you may choose to water them only if they become very dry and look wilted.

Seriously though, don’t worry about weeds. Wildflowers are tough; they’re meant to do battle with nature’s harshest enemies. Plus, weeds such as grasses and other native species help bring fullness to your wildflower meadow. Of course, if the weeds are offensive to you or threaten to overtake the flowers, a light weeding really can’t do any harm.

In addition to native wildflowers like purple lupine and white yarrow, you may want to consider other native species for your backyard too. Ferns, shrubs, berry plants (like chokecherry), and other natives would look absolutely divine gracing a different area of your yard. Native ferns planted in the shade of a large group of birch trees would do well, or perhaps a new planting of wild ginger around your evergreen trees is more appropriate to your location. The bounty of native wildflowers and plants is practically endless. Now, just lay back in your wildflower meadow, close your eyes, and relax. Imagine yourself enjoying this wildflower garden for years to come. Oh, didn’t I mention? Most wildflowers freely re-seed themselves year after year so you don’t have to! Just a smidgen of watering and weeding each year, if absolutely necessary, is all your wildflower masterpiece will ever need.

Read more at Gardening Know How: A Wildflower Garden In Your Backyard https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/a-wildflower-garden-in-your-backyard.htm

If you would like to get involved please email Liz Cook –