How to choose your space
Want to apply for a seed kit, but stuck on an idea for where to grow your wildflowers? As part of your application for a seed kit this year you're invited to upload a photo of the space you'll be growing in. Here are some ideas...
Any area can be transformed with wildflowers because your seeds can be sown in pots and containers, as well as on open soil. Have a think about shared spaces near you... housing estates, sports fields, shopping centres, schools and care homes can all be great spaces for wildflowers.
Growing wildflowers in a pot or container is ideal if you haven’t got open ground – anything that’s strong enough to hold soil will do the job - old boots, watering cans, glass and enamel bowls - as long as there are drainage holes so that it doesn’t flood when it rains.
Plain old garden soil is ideal for growing wildflowers because they thrive in low nutrient soil. The general rule is to pick an area that’s as bare, open and sunny as possible. Is there a shared garden space near you that could do with a brightening up?
To sow on grass or lawn, just remove the grass with a spade and rake over, creating patches of bare soil where your wildflower seeds can be sown. You could even create a special shape to sow your wildflowers in.
Places you should not sow your wildflower seeds
To protect wildflowers already growing in the countryside from cross-pollination with the flowers in your seed kit, please make sure that you don’t sow seeds in or near open countryside or near nature reserves.
Always find out who owns the land or space and ask their permission before you sow your wildflower seeds. They may even be able to help!
Wear the right clothing and use sun protection if you’re working outside. Let people know what you’re doing and where you’re going to be. Don’t leave any rubbish behind.
Once you've chosen your spot, read our guide to assessing the conditions.