We are often asked to advise on the best time to sow wild flower seed, and what is the latest time in spring you can sow and still expect results?
Each year brings a different series of challenges to hay making. The main challenge is often when to time the hay cutting to get the best from wild flower meadows. After a mild winter and damp spring here our meadows are quite advanced and lush, urging us to get on and 'make hay whilst the sun shines'. Parts of our meadows are however still full of flowers and buzzing with insects. Our answer to this perennial dilemma is not to rush in and cut the whole meadow, but to start mowing in bite sized sections. We have now started mowing the most advanced areas a bit earlier than usual, and will cut in sections until we complete all hay making by the end of August.
There is still time to sow wild flower and meadow seed mixtures. The current long spell of fine settled weather over much of Britain means that autumn sowings should continue to be possible right through to the end of October.
Cornfield annuals sown in March and April have germinated well and are making good progress.
In our meadows warmer weather combined with April showers has really got the grass growing.