Quite a shock awaited for me as I pulled up to the allotment t'other day. Yes it had been a good while since my last visit but hey there was nothing to check upon apart from the budding wildflower meadow I'm trying to cultivate under and around my young cider trees. What I'd overlooked in my inexperience in such matters was the condition of the soil. My basic research has led me to believe that wildflower meadows require poor soils with little or none enrichment, certainly not of the man made varieties. unfortunately for me I'd overlooked the fact that my meadow to be was previously a cultivated allotment and the soil was probably teaming with bleedin fertilizers, horse muck residue and the like and the sight that greeted me as I pulled up in 'Flat cap car' was worthy of only one word......BUGGER!!
This meadow cultivating mularkey has obviously more to it than what meets the eye. But not to panic, oh no I'm made of stern stuff me. My research has also let me glean that about now is the time to be cutting the
The whole plot was cut down to size over two days and now I have to visit it regularly with strimmer and rake to replicate grazing. A positive point is that the two original
I have several varieties of wildflower seed to sow in the meadow including Yellow Rattle which should be an interesting addition to the meadow. These I should be sowing at the end of August to mid September if all goes to plan. Resident flowers that this plant imbecile has managed to identify at the moment are buttercup, dandelion and clover, oh and also cowslip that I introduced myself. Not a wildflower meadow as of yet but time and cider should see me through.
Till next time, take care all.