Plant a wildflower area in your garden

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We recommend sowing in Autumn (late September/October). This is the traditional time and will help some of the species which require vernilisation (colder temperatures for germination) to flower and this will ensure a full show of colour the next year.

  1. Sow the wildflower seed either by hand or with a seed spreader. We recommend sowing the wildflower seed at five grams per one square meter of soil.
  2. Rake the wildflower seed into the soil and moisten the ground well.
  3. You could cover the newly seeded area of your garden with netting to protect from birds and cats
  4. Ensure the soil is kept moist during hot, dry periods for the best germination.

Top tips for sowing wildflower seeds

  • When preparing the soil avoid using fertilisers or manure as this encourages grass growth which crowds out the wild flowers.
  • Early on you can remove any weed seeds that germinate with a hoe.
  • For best growth it’s important that the soil is warm and doesn’t dry out. Ensure you water the soil regularly particularly if there is a hot spell
  • Allow your wildflower garden to grow up and flower in the late spring and summer.

Good luck – thank you for helping to plant for pollinators and enjoy your wildflower garden.

Sunday Morning Swap Shop

Beautiful late spring weather brought out a good number of North Miller’s Dale residents and a few from further afield to the NMDCA Plant Swap and Table Top Sale.

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Green fingered experts and garden novices swapped and bought plants and books at our event on the green behind the Community Centre. Tea, coffee and biscuits proved popular and enabled our visitors to sit and relax and chat to neighbours.

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We think it went well enough to consider making this an annual event.


Categories of Entry:

  • Blooming Schools
  • Best Front Garden viewed from pavement
  • Best Commercial Premises
  • It’s your Neighbourhood

Closing date for Entries: 16th June 2012

Competition Guidelines

Judging:          W/C 2nd July 2012



  • Complete the entry form and return it to the Parish Clerk, Steve Mursell, as soon as possible
  • Details of where to send the entry form and guidelines for entry are to be found on the entry form
  • If you cannot find an entry form contact the Parish Clerk on 023 6026 6612
  • Places are limited so be sure to apply early.
  • No entry fee is required – Prizes will be awarded in each category



The Rotary Club of Southampton 14th annual Solent Gardeners Fayre & Craft Sunday 3rd June 2012

At University of Southampton Sports Ground, Wide Lane, Eastleigh SO50 5PE (opposite Southampton Parkway Station) from 10.00am- 4.00pm … A visit to the Solent Gardeners Fayre has become a must for all keen gardeners and craft enthusiasts. With over 65 exhibitors, free car parking, brass band & children’s entertainment, refreshments and excellent conveniences and Health & Safety facilities, the Fayre provides an excellent day out for all the family. All proceeds go to charities supported by Rotary.  The Fayre will be opened by Georgie Windsor of BBC Radio Solent’s The Good Life. Admission to our Fayre (including programme): Adult: £4.00 Senior Citizen: £3.00 Children under 14 free. No dogs. For further details, please see our website: or phone 01489891804