Mount Vernon Seed

How to sow your seed mixture: Below is a handy seeding guide for small areas…and the species in your packet, the pack will cover 2 square meters it can also be sown into any prepared areas of bare soil, window boxes/ planters. Don’t be tempted to sow too heavily as the wildflowers need space to develop.

Sowing Instructions

Sow thinly on to a prepared (lightly cultivated) surface

Remove any aggressive perennials such as Docks or Thistles

Ideal sowing times are from March until the end of October, the seed will do well in most soil types but avoid areas that are waterlogged in the winter.

The soil will need to be lightly raked or scarified to create a shallow tilth.

Sow thinly and tread the seed in, do not rake the seed in, surface sowing gives far better results.

It may help to bulk the seed with used compost or sand to help spread the seed evenly.

Hand Sowing (for larger areas)

Seed Sowing rate   2/4 g/m2

Sow thinly on to a prepared (lightly cultivated) surface.

On small areas it is best to hand sow. Even mixing will avoid the smaller seed settling out.

Scatter the seed from a bucket, half in one direction (north- south) and the second half in the opposite direction (east-west), this helps to ensure an even distribution.

Take a small handful each step forward.

The aim is throw the seed in an arc from your up-turned hand, take a stride forward and repeat.

The technique is to throw the seed as hard as possible, (in practice this will be about 2 or 3 meters) this gives an even coverage.

Don’t watch the seed fall as you walk, keep looking forwards in a straight line.

For larger areas use canes to mark out the swath 2 or 3 meters wide.

Move the canes over to the next swath across the site.

If you can see the seed on the soil as you spread then it is likely you are putting it on too heavily.

DO NOT RAKE THE SEED IN…This is essential, the seed is small, raking in will bury the seed too deeply in the seedbed. The site can then be rolled once sown preferably with a roller or stomping the surface with your feet.

Mount Vernon Mixture%
 Achillea millefolium Yarrow2.5
 Centaurea nigra Common Knapweed12
 Centaurea scabiosa Greater Knapweed2
 Clinopodium vulgare Wild Basil2
 Daucus carota Wild Carrot7.5
 Galium verum Lady’s Bedstraw10
 Knautia arvensis Field Scabious7.5
 Leontodon hispidus Rough Hawkbit2
 Leucanthemum vulgare Oxeye Daisy2.5
 Lotus corniculatus Birdsfoot Trefoil3
 Onobrychis viciifolia Sainfoin7.5
 Origanum vulgare Wild Marjoram1
 Plantago media Hoary Plantain3.5
Poterium sanguisorba  Salad Burnet10
 Primula veris Cowslip5
 Prunella vulgaris Selfheal5
 Ranunculus acris Meadow Buttercup5
Rhinanthus minor Yellow Rattle 11
Scabiosa columbaria Small Scabious1