Is it too late to sow seeds this spring?

So far this spring seems to be delivering a typical mix of sunshine, showers and occasional night frosts. Ideal conditions for creating seedbeds and sowing wild flower seeds.

Continue reading… / Posted on 10 April 2019,
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Yellow rattle spring watch 2019

Yellow rattle emergence in our Norfolk meadows began on schedule at the end of the first week of March. We had wondered whether the record winter temperatures at the end of February might bring germination forward. This does not appear to be the case in Norfolk, but on our farm near Bath germination was first seen 10 days earlier on 27th February.

Continue reading… / Posted on 09 March 2019,
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When to start spring sowing?

Continue reading… / Posted on 01 March 2019,
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Wild flowers and Rewilding

Rewilding is a progressive approach to conservation that is gaining ground across Europe, as well as within the UK. The ethos behind rewilding is to step back to allow ‘nature’ a greater role in managing itself with less human intervention. How might this concept fit with existing ideas of ecological restoration, and with sowing wild flowers?

Continue reading… / Posted on 22 January 2019,
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Blue butterflies return after sowing wild flowers

Some threatened blue butterfly species are making a comeback as a direct result of grassland habitat restoration schemes which included sowing seed of key wild flowers.

Continue reading… / Posted on 08 January 2019,
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The plight of the solitary bee

Wild solitary bees are probably the most numerous and efficient pollinators of crops and wild plants. Yet compared to the more conspicuous and well known bumblebees and domesticated honey bees they receive very little attention for the work they do: solitary bees largely go about their business un-noticed.

Continue reading… / Posted on 20 April 2018,
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Yellow Rattle Springwatch 2018

Continue reading… / Posted on 21 March 2018,
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Continue reading… / Posted on 01 January 2018,
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Sow in snow?

Continue reading… / Posted on 01 December 2017,
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Native Seed Conference at Kew Gardens

Emorsgate Seeds recently participated in, and presented at, an International Native Seed Conference at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. It is the first conference of its kind in decades (probably since a founding meeting in 1982 when wild seed growing in Britain and Europe, and Emorsgate Seeds, were just starting up).

Continue reading… / Posted on 24 October 2017,
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Monty Don on Scythes

Continue reading… / Posted on 20 October 2017,
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Cricklade revisited

We are very pleased to announce the return of one of our most celebrated mixtures: Cricklade North Meadow mixture.

Continue reading… / Posted on 10 October 2017,
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When is the latest time to sow seeds in spring?

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?

Continue reading… / Posted on 12 April 2017,
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Yellow Rattle Springwatch 2017

Yellow rattle germination in meadows "on time" this Spring.

Continue reading… / Posted on 09 March 2017,
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The ancient art of rake making

Continue reading… / Posted on 14 November 2016,
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Yellow rattle spring watch 2016

Spring in our open meadows, as marked by the germination of yellow rattle seed, was confirmed on Good Friday March 25th; almost three weeks later than usual.

Continue reading… / Posted on 25 March 2016,
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Richard’s scythe workshop

Continue reading… / Posted on 07 March 2016,
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RSPB Nature's Home magazine feature

Continue reading… / Posted on 29 January 2016,
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Continue reading… / Posted on 09 March 2015,
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Spring Sowing Update

Continue reading… / Posted on 07 April 2014,
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