Summer is coming up, which means that those wildflowers will soon be bursting into life all over the UK! But if you want to get ahead of the season and grow some beautiful wildflowers yourself – and get your kids involved too – you need to start now!
Luckily, I’ve teamed up with Suffolk-based independent coffee brand Paddy & Scott’s to bring you the easiest hack that you can try. All you need is a compostable coffee cup, some compost, and a seedball!
Here’s what you need to do…
- Take your compostable coffee cup, and poke some holes in the bottom. You can use a pen to do this. The holes will allow water to drain out of your pot, so that your plants don’t get waterlogged.
- Fill the cup with some compost. You might have this in your garden, or you can find some at a garden centre.
- Poke your seedball into the centre of the pot, about 4-5cm deep into the compost.
- Water your cup and place it on a sunny windowsill on a tray. Water daily, or when the soil feels dry.
- In a few weeks, you should see your plant starting to sprout. Keep watering, and it should grow bigger and bigger until you start to see flowers emerge! Then, you can plant it into a bigger pot, or into your garden beds.
If you think you’ve done a good job growing your plants and they’re looking really special, you can enter them into Paddy & Scott’s competition! Details coming soon!
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook – and writes a plant-focused Substack called Grow This, Not That.