Chalk & Limestone Soil Mixture
This mixture is designed for chalk and limestone soil types. Chalk and Limestone soils are known for their ability to support a large selection of wild flower species which is why we have been able to create such a diverse mixture. A well prepared, well worked seedbed is essential, free of aggressive weeds and grasses which commonly out-compete the wildflowers. Seeds should be surface sown evenly, no more than 10mm deep. br> br>Sow between March and May, or August and early October.
|Contents per Kg||%||kg|
|certified common bentgrass||5.0||0.050|
|certified crested dogstail||5.0||0.050|
|commercial Yellow Oatgrass||5.0||0.050|
|certified smaller catstail||10.0||0.100|
|certified smooth stalked meadow grass||19.0||0.190|
|certified sheeps fescue||20.0||0.200|
|certifed red/chewings fescue||20.0||0.200|
|native Sainfoin (Onobrychis viicifolia) wildflower||2.0||0.020|
|Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)||1.5||0.015|
|Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)||1.5||0.015|
|Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)||1.5||0.015|
|Ladys Bedstraw (Galium verum)||1.0||0.010|
|Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria)||0.5||0.005|
|Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)||1.5||0.015|
|Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)||1.0||0.010|
|Ribwort Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)||0.5||0.005|
|Small Scabious (Scabiosa columbaria)||0.5||0.005|
Traditionally a grazing grass, which helps to fill out the base of the sward. This compact tufted perennial is found in abundance in sheep pastures. It is not aggressive and grows well late into the season when other grasses are giving up. It has good winter greenness but is inclined to produce wiry stems if not cut or grazed.
Found in waste ground, grasslands and roadsides on calcareous dry soils. Beautiful single flowers. This flower species may also be known as bachelors buttons or lady's cushion.
This is a weakly stemmed, sprawling species, when cut is has a notable sweet smell.
Lesser knapweed is also known as common black knapweed. It is a competitive wild flower found throughout the UK and parts of western Europe, in old meadows and roadsides. It may be known as 'hardheads'.
Oxeye daisy is a robust, reliable wild flower species.
Red Fescue / Chewings Fescue
Also known as chewings fescue, this is a fine leaved, tufted grass. It is distinguished from creeping red fescue by its absence of creeping rhizomes. It remains dark green throughout most of the season.
Sainfoin is extremely palatable to livestock and has very good nutritional balance. It can be grazed or fed as hay or silage. It suits the thin soils and limestone rich downlands found in some areas of the UK. Loosely translated sainfoin in French means 'Healthy Hay'.
Self Heal (Prunella vulgaris)
Self heal is a low growing plant widely found throughout the UK.
The finest leaved and least aggressive fescue, it is found throughout the UK. It is hardy and drought resistant and will with-stand heavy grazing or close cutting, however it has a low forage yield. It is a useful species for providing a low growing, low maintenance green cover on difficult soils. It is one of the earlier fine fescues to flower in the spring.
Smaller Catstail / Small Timothy
A leafy perennial species found throughout the UK. It grows on low lands to foothills and can be found in old pasture and hedgerows. Normally thought of as a smaller, lower yielding relative of Timothy. Although valued as a forage plant for livestock, it can also form a useful compact turf.
Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass
Found throughout the UK in meadows and traditional pastures. It is said to be one of the greenest grasses found growing in the early spring, and is an indicator of land that is well drained and in good heart. The species itself is palatable, and nutritional to livestock, often called one of the traditional 'sweet grasses'.
This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish. It is found across the UK and Western Europe.