Flower meadow: when to sow it? How to maintain it?

The flowery meadow has been particularly trendy for some time and that’s good because it happily benefits the gardener’s friendly fauna. It also brings to the garden a absolutely charming bucolic touch which we never tire of. Here is a spotlight on the flowery meadow which will delight novice gardeners because it is very easy to sow but also to live.

What is the flower meadow

To install in your garden this multitude of flowers of all kinds – whether in the grass or on bare ground – you just need to buy a mixture of seeds to sow, usually sold in bags or boxes. There is something for all soil types and we also choose according to the weather of his region or even ofexposure desired, shade or full sun.

These associations sold under the name of flowered meadow are the fruit of rigorous selections of wildflowers, allowing each gardener to find something to meet his desires. They can be grouped together in the same selection by tone to easily create a monochrome for example, or on the contrary allow to bring to its green setting a note multicolored. Each flower meadow consists of species of perennials and / or annuals. They are selected according to their particularities.

Sow the flower meadow

The cultivation of a flower meadow is of a very easy. Once you have the selection of seeds that meet your expectations, you just need to sow them. The best period is between the end of March (in regions with a mild climate) and the month of June for geographic areas where late frosts are frequent. But, if you choose a selection of multi-year plants, you can sow until the end of September or mid-October. However, it is better to avoid sowing in the event of morning frost, drought or even very hot weather.

To sow a flowery meadow, it suffices to respect the procedure next.

  • Start by preparing the land by delimiting it. You can use a line for an impeccable result.
  • Dig deeply and turn the earth.
  • Remove all weeds, the ideal being to weed by hand.
  • Loosen the soil so that it is flexible. This promotes the circulation of air, water and the penetration of nutrients into the soil. It is also recommended to allow the penetration into the soil of various micro-organisms and useful insects but also so that the seeds of flowering meadows take root quickly.
  • Then pass the garden rake in order to level the ground and remove the superfluous stones.

It is useful to specify here that the plants composing a flowering meadow grow very well in poor soils and are perfectly satisfied with it. Because of this peculiarity, expert gardeners advise against amending the soil before sowing. And contrary to what one might think, the plants will be stronger and more beautiful if we do not apply fertilizer, especially since in the absence of fertilizer, they will not face competition from unwanted grasses. Indeed, it is necessary to be aware that the fertilizers favor the development of the leaves. However, the interest of a flowery meadow lies in the multitude of flowers which bloom and attract pollinating insects as well as birds, while bringing an extremely aesthetic country note to the garden.

The ground being ready, when the period is favorable for sowing, all you have to do is:

  • Mix the seeds with a little sand to facilitate their distribution because they are small.
  • Distribute the seeds of flowering meadow seeds using the method of semi on the fly, at the rate of 6 g / m². You can increase this dosage a little if you sow your seeds on a dry and stony ground such as, for example, a bed for Mediterranean plants or in a rock garden. In fine, it is necessary that the flowers are numerous to give a compact flowery effect. However, if you put down too many seeds, nature will make a selection and many plants will not develop. We must therefore find a good compromise.
  • Do not bury the seeds in the earth.
  • Firm the soil either at the foot or with the back of the rake or even with a roller so that each seed is in good contact with the soil.
  • Sprinkle in fine rain, with the watering can fitted with its apple for a very small area, with the hose if a substantial area has been sown.

During the following four or five days, if the weather forecast does not announce any rain, it is necessary to water every day, always in light rain, to promote germination. Subsequently, weekly watering for a month is essential unless it rains very regularly and sufficiently. It suffices to wait for a month and a half to two months to see a multitude of country flowers bloom and to rejoice in this striking spectacle.

Maintain a flowery meadow

Very undemanding, the flowery meadow does not need great care. It is therefore suitable for all gardeners, including those who do not have a lot of time to devote to their natural space. At most, it is useful:

  • To water in very dry weather or if, due to its quality, the soil does not retain freshness for long.
  • To continue to hunt for weeds by dislodging them by hand.
  • Remove faded flowers as they go in order to promote new flowering.

At the end of the season, when the meadow is no longer blooming, we can mow perennials after their rise to seeds so that they re-sow spontaneously or else pull up annual plants. In the latter case, it will be necessary to get down to preparing the ground again. It will thus be fully ready the following year to welcome a new seedling of flowered meadows.