Meadow sowing

Seeds mixed with sand to help even sowing.

Seeds mixed with sand to help even sowing.

On 23 April, we sowed four meadow beds with Annual Pictorial meadow mixes. The two nearest the gate have Patriotic mix (which should have the tall cosmos that everyone like so much) and the two to their right have Velvet mix, which is a new one for us. We decided to let two more beds re-grow from last year's sowing. None of the beds have had glyphosate this year, as a trial.

Two of the annual beds ready for sowing - they have just been cleaned with hard graft this year. We are also establishing new wide paths behind them and also perennial beds with plants - and lots of re-growth of last year's meadows.

Two of the annual beds ready for sowing - they have just been cleaned with hard graft this year. We are also establishing new wide paths behind them and also perennial beds with plants - and lots of re-growth of last year's meadows.

One of the two beds we are allowing to just re-grow - it seemed a bit daft to clean the whole area of seedlings and then reseed them. We have a lot of regrowth from the seedbank in the soil, including fat hen. Rather that get too distressed by this we are going to try to harvest and eat it when it is bigger - apparently it is delicious. We might want to over-sow it later on though.

One of the two beds we are allowing to just re-grow - it seemed a bit daft to clean the whole area of seedlings and then reseed them. We have a lot of regrowth from the seedbank in the soil, including fat hen. Rather that get too distressed by this we are going to try to harvest and eat it when it is bigger - apparently it is delicious. We might want to over-sow it later on though.