Seedbeds. If in doubt get your bike out

Posted: 11th September 2013

With difficult seed bed conditions it is a good to remind sowers of small seeds of the need to obtain a FINE and FIRM seed bed prior to sowing. Robin Hill, chairman at Cotswold Seeds always says that you should be able to ride a bicycle over a grass/clover seedbed before sowing! Jokes aside there ...

Want to create a wild flower meadow?

Posted: 22nd August 2013

Many people are thinking about sowing wild flower meadows at this time of year and a quick reminder of how best to do this might help. When should I sow?Wild flowers should be sown in spring (late March - May) or late summer (August-September). Spring time is good as this gives the seeds the ...

What exactly is hybrid ryegrass?

Posted: 20th August 2013

Ryegrass - the most popular agricultural grass species - comes in four forms: perennial, Italian, westerwold and hybrid. The hybrid is the progeny of two of these ryegrasses: Italian and perennial. It has characteristics from both parents and therefore provides farmers with a high yielding grass ...
Due to prolonged dry weather many long term leys and permanent pastures have been over grazed recently by cattle, sheep and horses. This is especially the case in the drought-affected regions of the south and east of the UK.  Grassland that is continually close grazed will not bulk up in the ...
Wild bird seed mixtures can be sown from May onwards. July is getting late for many species that are sown to provide winter food for farmland birds. For patching up failed sowings from May it is recommended to sow fast growing species such as mustard and rape. Our seeds RETRIEVE mixture ...

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