Native Wildflower Beebombs Merry Christmas - Beebombs
What and why are Beebombs?
97% of native British Wildflower habitat has been lost since World War 2.
Wildflower habitats are where bees and butterflies make their lives. This is serious for Britain. Serious for you and serious for your children. Biodiversity is crucial for many reasons and wildflowers are crucial to biodiversity.
With Beebombs you can re-create these lost habitats and to help bring back the bees.
Beebombs handmake their seedballs from sheltering local clay and sifted compost, packed with a range of native wildflower species' seeds. Almost all the seeds they use are on the Royal Horticultural Society's 'Perfect for Pollinators' list and they are constantly improving the recipe to ensure you get an aesthetically beautiful and a wildlife-enticing garden from your Beebombs.
Beebombs need no gardening skill and can be scattered straight onto open ground at any time of the year.
Once scattered, Beebombs just need lots of water, sun and time. Wildflowers are hardy and adaptable but slow growers. This means that they can be out-competed by faster growing grasses and perennial weeds at the critical early stages, so straight onto soil is best if possible.
The soil will help your Beebombs germinate and the clay will protect them as they dissipate.
Lots of sun and rain is of course important, as is time.
Wildflowers are a little slower growers than many imported plants and flowers. Some will flower in the first year but most will not come out until the 2nd year.
Your patience will be rewarded with a beautiful wildflower meadow, attracting a range of native British pollinators and helping us #bringthebeesback
What do Beebombs contain?Beebombs are handmade in Dorset. Each pack of Beebombs contains hundreds of seeds and 18 species of wildflowers. The seeds are mixed with clay powder and locally sourced, unfortified soil. The clay supports and protects the seeds whilst they germinate and spreads them as it breaks down under watering. Seedballs are an ancient method of farming that is less destructive to the wildlife buried in your garden, less labour intensive and increases germination rates. Used throughout the world for hundreds of years, we are now using this ingenious method to help #bringthebeesback Yarrow, Common Knapweed, Wild Carrot, Lady's Bedstraw, Rough Hawkbit, Oxeye Daisy, Ribwort Plantain, Cowslip, Selfheal, Corn Marigold, Yellow Rattle, Common Sorrel, Salad Burnet, White Campion, Red Campion, Common Poppy, Cornflower, Corn Chamomile.
How to Beebomb?
Beebombs are designed to ensure creating a diverse and thriving wildflower meadow, could not be easier.
They need no gardening skill, no tilling or sowing in the traditional sense. Just throw your Beebombs onto cleared soil and await the blossom of colour and return of native bee and butterfly species. We say 'cleared soil' as wildflowers are slow growers compared to grasses and perennial weeds. This means that they can be out-competed at the critical early stages.
In terms of coverage, one pack of Beebombs covers 21 square foot or 2 square metres.
When to Beebomb?
Bee Bombs can be scattered throughout the year, the clay protects them until they are ready to germinate. There are diverse opinions on this around the world and many say spring and autumn are particularly good times to start them growing. From experience, it doesn't seem to make a lot of difference in the long run, although I am still testing.
Around 20% will start flowering in the first year. Biennials and Perennials in the mix will start blossoming in the 2nd year.