Blackwater Honey is fully committed to improving and diversifying habitats for all pollinator species, across Ireland in association with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.
On our farm in Cork, we have planted many bee friendly trees, to help offset our carbon emissions. We encourage the planting of wildflowers, which provides a crucial source of food for all pollinator species. We regularly giveaway free wildflower seed mixtures on social media allowing our followers to plant them in their gardens.
Every single jar of honey purchased from us will qualify for 1 x free packet of wildflower seeds. The wildflower seed mixture may include some of the following species: Bluebell, Burdock, Dog Violet, Cowslip, Devils Bit, Scabious, Foxglove, Hedge Garlic Mustard, Lesser Knapweed, Meadowsweet, Ramson, Red Campion, Ribwort Plantain, Sorrel, Upright Hedge Parsley, Wild Angelica, Wood Avens, Hemp Agrimony, Hoary Plantain, Primrose, Sweet Violet, Wood Sage, species which may be added: Pokeweed, Cow-Parsley, Wood Sanicle, Poppy.
WILDFLOWER SEED PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS:
- There should be enough seed to cover 1 square metre.
- Remove all existing weeds and other material. Wildflowers prefer a poor soil with low nutrients, if practical remove any good quality top soil.
- Once the weeds have been removed prepare soil to a fine tilth ready for sowing your wildflowers.
- Try not to disturb the soil any further as this may bring more weed seeds to the surface.
- Sowing times can be any time during March – October, ideally autumn, but avoid hot summer months.
- Spread the seeds evenly over the area and press in but do not bury the seeds so that they make contact with the soil.
- The wildflowers may vary depending upon species – some may take only a few weeks to bloom, while others can take
several months to bloom.
- Don’t forget to tag us in your photos using #Blackwaterhoney or tag us on Instagram @blackwater_honey