Sowing Action Plan

Sowing Times: August/September or March/April.

'On The Verge' will provide you with seed and organise for the ground to be prepared by the Criminal Justice Service if you are a community project, and need assistance.

Find a suitable piece of land:

Aspect: Choose a fairly sunny site.

Permission: Obtain permission from the landowner.

Existing Vegetation:

Not too close to heavy, existing vegetation.

Areas which have been cut out of short grass work well.

(NB. Sowing seeds directly into existing vegetation is unlikely to work.)

Soils: Avoid soils that are too rich, do not add fertiliser.

        If necessary remove the top layer to reveal subsoil as this will often be less rich.

Shelter: Sites need to be protected where possible from exposure to strong wind and hard rain.

Terrain: Flat to gently sloping preferable. 

Drainage: Avoid water logged ground.

Good Weather for Sowing:

If possible, choose a calm day to sow the site with the On the Verge wildflower seed mix.

Land Preparation:

Cut out any existing grass or vegetation and rotovating the soil.

Raked over to remove any large stones or clods of earth ready for sowing.

Seed Coverage:

Seed should be evenly spread across the soil at a ratio of

2 grams per 1 m Sq.         2 grams = one level teaspoon.

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Seed Preparation:

Can if you wish mix seed in a cup with dry silver sand, to help spread it evenly, the sand will help you to see what has been sown.

Use one cup for 1 m Sq.

Map out your site:

Divide the area into square metres to ensure even seed distribution.

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Seed Scattering:

Pour the seed/sand mix into your palm.

Scattering by hand close to the ground to avoid seed blowing away.

Raking:

Lightly rake over the seed and then tread over the area so that the seed makes good contact with the soil.

Do not bury the seed!

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Signage & Presentation of your site:

So that the public understand that the area has been set aside for the growing of wildflowers it is a good idea to place a sign in a prominent place. It can also be useful to cut a path around the flowers to frame the area and indicate that this is a managed site.

Cross your fingers and hope for rain and warm sun in equal measures.

End of Season Work:

Beginning of October cut back the wildflowers and remove the cut to allow next year’s flowers to grow. 

Our seed mix is made up of annual, biennial and perennial nectar-rich, native Scottish wildflowers. The annuals will flower in the first year and thereafter the perennials will establish and should provide a permanent wildflower area for the enjoyment of people and pollinators alike.