Seed bomb DemonstrationAlison Marsden
A video demonstration for Barratt David Wilson Homes showing you how to make seed bombs at home.
It is clear that across the UK, our wildlife needs help. Many creatures familiar from our childhoods are no longer a common sight as land use has changed over the decades and habitats are diminishing. The National Trust reports that 97% of Britain’s wildflower meadows have been lost since the 1930s.
One piece of good news though is that householders can help by encouraging wildlife into their garden and one way is to include wildflowers. Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes are giving away seed bomb kits and Building Relations PR asked me to make a video demonstration for them of how to make wildflower seed bombs at home.
All you need is some peat-free multipurpose compost, baking flour and your seeds of choice, plus a small amount of water to bind. This is ideal as an activity with children but also immensely satisfying for adults, and possibly less messy!
Pollinating insects including all types of bee: Bumble, Solitary and Honey bees, all need flowers to provide pollen and nectar from February until October. Butterflies and moths also feed from flowers but their caterpillars need a much narrower range of plants to eat. They have evolved alongside our native flora and each butterfly family seeks out a specific wildflower to lay eggs on.
So planting a mix of ornamental and wildflowers is ideal and makes a great display in a garden border.
Happy Wildlife Gardening from Alison