In a wildflower garden, there are many advantages where fertilizer is concerned. A wildflower garden should ideally be a haven for attracting wildlife, be it bees, butterflies, birds, or even the larger mammals such as badgers, squirrels and foxes.
They will love happening across a seemingly natural habitat and if you get it right they’ll be completely convinced that man had nothing to do with the creation of their own favourite oasis.
Consider a Pond
Firstly, no matter how small or large your wildflower garden, consider a pond. Even a Belfast sink sunk deep into the ground, will form natural oxygenating algae, it will be a refreshment place for birds, and may even attract a few frogs that will rid you of the pesky midges on a hot summer’s day.
A garden that is left to roam free can be its own special fertilizer, however, to be able to obtain that look where it is completely natural, yet visually stunning and intriguing, a little work needs to be done.
Although wildflowers can be sown direct and left to flourish on their own, it’s worth having a ramble through the blooms to observe their growing habits. Some may use more soil space than others, and just a little pruning or dividing of plants will ensure your favourite flowers have all the chances they need to blossom, whilst preventing low growers from strangling them at the base.
Different Dirt for Different Demands
In a wildflower garden it all depends on what you would like to achieve to what to use for fertilizer. For instance natural seaweed gathered from the Yorkshire Coast will increase the pigmentation of stems and give a deeper green, whilst the addition of honey will feed microbes in the soil and encourage root growth, lending itself to booster for bigger plants.
Leaf mulch is a perfect way to fertilize a garden organically, and this time of year it’s very rare for anyone to be without leaves blotting the landscape. The bonus of fertilizing using organic materials is that unlike shop bought enhancers, homemade composts and mulch cannot overdose the plants, perfect when you don’t want your patch to look too manicured.
Bird droppings are another fantastic way to boost the blooms, adding rich nutrients to feed your flowers, and although most recommend chicken waste, any bird droppings will do. Planting shrubs, having a little pond, and dotting around some berry bushes will ensure you not only feel as if you are walking through a Disney themed set as you take a stroll around your garden, but will also guarantee that whatever food is taken by our feathered friends, they are sure to pay for it with kindness to the blooms.
Take Elevenses Outside
Tea and Coffee are ideal boosters, however some would argue that they’re not entirely natural with the processes they endure in the factory, yet, for a delicious cuppa for you and a thirst quenching vitamin treat for your plants, pick some of your own herbs, even nettles or dandelions, and make your own special tea that even the garden can share. The birds will soon pick up the biscuit crumbs!