The area to be prepared for sowing wildflower seeds was a steep bank over looking a swimming pool in a secluded part of the grounds of a large block of residential flats in Torquay.
It was thought that the area needed changing to attract more people down to the swimming pool by growing wildflowers and attracting more insects, especially bees, butterflies and hoverflies.
There is very little top soil and the below this the ground is comprised of broken shaley limestone, probably
used to build up the bank when the property or previous properties were built, so we have brought in an
extra tonne of top soil. The seed mixture was mixed with sand at about 7 to 1 and scattered evenly over the
soil, then raked in very lightly using the back edge of a plastic leaf rake, and then lightly tamped down with a
metal soil rake.
It is a fairly sunny bank and will get very hot in the summer, so to reduce the amount of watering
and to prevent soil erosion, a textured roll of Geo Jute was laid on the soil, on top of the sown seeds.
The seeds grow up through the gaps and the material also hold six times its own weight in water, so there
should be no run off at all when the bank is watered.
And now we wait and see.
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