I’m not a gardener. I love flowers and pretty gardens, but ours is still a paddock and apart from wanting to have a lovely garden to sit in and enjoy, I have no yearning to get outside with a trowel or spade and do lots of gardening. I’m all for an easy life to get lots of colour.
We do have a wall with space for flowers in, and I can manage to grow things in there – several years I’ve had lovely wildflower and easy grow flowers in there. This year I’ve added more and the seedlings are coming up. I’ve also got a pot by the front door and have replanted seeds in there too.
The last 3 years I’ve tried to grow vegetables too – tomatoes were painful but a success (very late on in the year), strawberries have failed twice (I’ve since heard plants rather than seeds are the way to go with strawberries). Last year’s rocket was good but way too spicy for us to eat and the radishes didn’t plump up – not enough water I presume. Oops.
So I’m sticking with flowers at the moment because I can rely on rain and N to water them, without needing any more than that.
At the side of our house we’ve got a strange muddy flower bed. We vaguely have some mini rose bushes that seem to grow and flower each year. But mostly the area is just taken over by wild chives. This year, I’m going to try something new, I’ve been sent some seedballs from Prezzybox to try out.
If you’ve not come across seedballs, they’re seeds surrounded by a protective layer of compost. Rather than having to plant them, you can just throw them into your flower beds or pots (or grass if you want a wild garden), and leave them to sprout and grow.
The tins from Prezzybox have 20 seedballs containing 30 seeds in. There’s a hint of chilli to avoid them being eaten by birds (or hopefully our dogs), and sprouts should appear after 4-6 weeks. You don’t even have to plant them in the soil, just on top, and the rain and sun should do their job.
I’ve got a bee mix and butterfly mix to plant, so hopefully we’ll attract more butterflies into the garden and provide the bees with more choice of flower. Each seedball tin has a good mix of flowers – I’m looking forward to trying to identify which flower is which. And N is obsessed with looking out for butterflies at the moment so I’m keen to teach him more about the butterflies we have in the UK.
We did find it hard to open the tins – a screw lid would have been less dangerous than digging a knife in – but they’re nice little tins. I might even upcycle them with some homemade lotion or lip balm in.
At only £5.99 a tin, they’d be a lovely addition to a homemade gift hamper for a gardening fan, or for children’s gifts along with little gardening tools.
Or if you want to try your luck, I’m giving away a butterfly seedball tin. Just answer the question ‘what do you like to grow in your garden?’ and complete the Gleam entry form.
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- Giveaway closes 11.59pm 3rd June 2018
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Disclosure: We were sent some seedball mixes for the purpose of this post. All words and opinions are my own.