Are you doing your bit to help bees, butterflies and other pollinators? By growing the right wildflower species you’ll ensure your garden is a magnet for insects such as solitary bees, honeybees and hoverflies.
Our March subscriber edition includes a free double-pack of seeds including vibrant sunflower Sunburst Mix and a Pollinator Mix from Mr Fothergill’s. The Pollinator Mix is packed with nectar- and pollen-rich flowers that pollinators will love, including corn marigold, flax and purple viper’s bugloss.
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Get the best possible results, by the following our simple video guide to sowing the Pollinator Mix seeds, below.
You Will Need
- Pollinator Mix seeds
- Watering can with rose attachment
Prepare the bed by removing any weeds and pricking the surface with a fork, then raking down the surface until it’s level.
Pour a little seed into your hand, then scatter it over the soil surface evenly. If several seeds fall in one spot, flick them apart.
Water using a watering can with a rose, so the seeds are not displaced. Label the area, and watch out for slug and snails.
Coming up – more free seeds
April: Tomato and basil
The taste of summer. Packs worth £4.80
- Tomato ‘Red Cherry’ – heavy crops of small fruits with delicious, sweet fruits flavour. Can be grown outside or in an unheated greenhouse
- Basil ‘Lettuce Leaf’ – this unusual basil bears enormous, frilly-edged leaves, which have a sweet aromatic flavour you can enjoy all summer long
May: Cosmos and carrot
A couple of classics in this double pack worth £5
- Cosmos ‘Purity’ – this much-loved favourite will give you a dazzling display of large white flowers right through summer. Also great for cut flowers
- Carrot ‘Royal Chantenay 3’ – sow direct in the ground, or in containers. Kids will love growing and eating this fast-growing variety and the small, sweet roots are delicious cooked whole
June: Zinnia and cornflower
Get speedy results with this colourful couple, worth £4.80
- Zinnia ‘Early Wonder’ – large dahlia-like blooms in a mix of showy, vibrant colours
- Cornflower ‘Blue Ball’ – easy to grow, with masses of bee-friendly blooms, cornflowers are the perfect cottage garden flower