There is something exceptionally beautiful about the look of an English country meadow. However, there is no reason that you can’t have a snippet of this picturesque countryside in your own garden! Not sure where to begin with making your own mini meadow? This guide will show you how to create a mini meadow both on soil and in containers.
Method 1- Making a mini meadow on soil
You can make a mini meadow on soil in both the spring and autumn seasons, timing isn’t vital. However, you should be aware that, if you plant during spring, some seeds may take longer than others to flower as some will benefit from the coldness of the winter before flowering.
Step one- Choose an area that isn’t too shaded and where the soil isn’t too wet. It should measure around 1m by 1m, ideally.
Step two- You need to effectively prepare the soil. You should remove all weeds and thistles that your wildflowers will struggle to grow amongst. Removing the top two to four inches of soil is the best way to completely eradicate weeds. You should then rake and smooth the soil to create the perfect surface on which to sprinkle your seeds.
Step three- Now you must sow your seeds. It’s important to do this in a thin layer to avoid plant growing too concentrated, meaning they might not have enough room to grow. After sowing them, you should water the area.
Method 2 - Making a mini meadow in plant pots or containers
Using plant pots, containers, or even windboxes to create mini meadows is great because it means that, even if you don’t have a lot of outside space, or don’t want to change the layout of your garden you can still have your own piece of the countryside in your garden. It is also great because it is incredibly straightforward, meaning that it’s a fantastic half-term activity for the children!
Step one-Choose a container that’s large enough for the type, and number, of plants you want to include in your mini meadow.Ensure there are small drainage holes in the bottom of your container to help prevent the problem of waterlogged soil.
Step two- Fill the container with peat-free compost, leaving between 5 and 10 cm between the top of the soil and the top of the container. You should then thinly sprinkle your seeds over the surface of the soil.
Step three- Water the container, taking care not to over-water which could result in damaged plants from waterlogged soil. You should pay attention not to let the soil dry out in hot or particularly windy weather conditions.
Do you have any more tips or advice on how to make your own mini meadow? Perhaps you have some favourite wild flowers? Share your ideas in the comments section below!
[Photo Credit: Janie Easterman]