Following a recent seed gathering expedition to Cabinteely Park, the Ark is stocked with beautiful local wildflowers – clover, primrose, yellow rattle and oxeye daisies – with more to come. Perfect pollinators for your wildflower patch!
The Seed Ark is free to use, we only ask that once plants have ‘gone to seed’, some seeds are collected and returned to us. This ensures we run an environmentally-friendly initiative that keeps on giving. For guidance on this process, there is a wide range of seed gathering books available to borrow, our National Biodiversity Data Centre has some really useful info, and help is always on hand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be hosting a seed gathering walk in the first weeks of October – contact the branch - by phone, email or in person - and register your interest for further details.
Top tips for wildflower seed gathering:
- Wait until seed heads are brown and crunchy
- Collect seeds from healthy, strong plants as that is what you would like to grow!
- Use secateurs to remove seed heads without damaging the plant
- Leave your bounty somewhere sheltered outside for the first night to let all the bugs escape
- Dry out seeds on newspaper in a hot-press, conservatory or other dry place