Seedball have teamed up with People’s Trust for Endangered Species to bring you their popular Hedgehog Mix! The UK’s hedgehog population is struggling, with numbers down by 50% since the turn of the century, but we can all do something to help by growing British wildflowers! A wildflower patch is a super addition to creating a hedgehog friendly garden, not only in providing shelter but importantly to attract a whole range of tasty insects for hedgehogs to feed on. Yum!
Proceeds from the sale of every tin go directly to supporting PTES in their conservation work.
How do I use Seedball Hedgehog Mix?
Throw onto soil or compost in a garden bed or planter in Spring or Autumn, leaving at least 10cm between each ball. Your Seedball has everything it needs to grow and, once the ball becomes moist and the temperature is right, your seeds will then germinate!
Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)
Also known as Queen Anne’s Lace
Biennial (sometimes annual)
Flowers: June to August
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
Flowers: June to September
The common name Self heal, sometimes written as Self-heal, refers to the plant having been used as a treatment for wounds and bruises until recent times.
Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus Minor)
A quick growing grassland annual with yellow flowers and two purple ‘teeth’.
Flowers: May to September years.
Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
A perennial with clusters of yellow/orange pea like leaves.
Flowers: May to October
Lotus corniculatus is such a sunny little thing, why not try it mixed into your summer baskets as well as patio pots?
Tufted Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Flowers: June to August
Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
A bright red flowering annual – hugely popular and often used as a symbol of remembrance.
Flowers: May to July
The remembrance poppy is the common field poppy, one of the first wildflowers to colonise disturbed ground or fallow cornfields. It became identified with the battle zones of the First World War, or Flanders Fields, which were originally corn fields.
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Perennial with trefoil leaves and pinky red flowers. Good weed suppressor.
Flowers: May to September
The trifolium can help to break up heavy soil over time, plus it adds nitrogen to the soil, meaning healthy plants all round!
As well as the Seedball Butterfly Mix of Wildflowers, there are many other options to choose from. To see more from Seedballs, click here.