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A mixture of 20 perennial honey-bearing species attractive to honey bees. The composition includes only perennial species that bloom profusely from the second year after sowing
A mixture composed of seeds of perennial flowering plants, characterized by an increased production of nectar and pollen. Thanks to the richness of species that bloom at different times, the honey-bearing flower meadow provides bees with access to a variety of food throughout the season. The meadow has a positive effect on the soil thanks to the rich species composition of plants that develop a strong root system that supports the oxygenation of the substrate. The share of legume seeds in the mixture will also guarantee an additional accumulation of nitrogen.
The mixture does not contain annual species, therefore the flowering effect is visible from the second year after sowing.
The stand for an annual beekeeping meadow should be prepared as for any agricultural cultivation – the soil should be loosened and cleared of plant residues.
Before sowing, the seeds must be mixed – it is important that the mixture is sown evenly over the entire surface. If the area is larger, we divide it into smaller fragments and portion the mixture of seeds proportionally to their number. Adding the mixture of seeds to the carrier, e.g. vermiculite or sand in a proportion of min. 1 l. filler per 100 g of seed mixture, will increase the volume of the seed and facilitate even sowing and control of the sowing area.
We sow seeds on the surface – do not cover them with soil, because many species germinate in the sun and without light will not start vegetation. If the area is larger, we divide it into smaller fragments and portion the mixture of seeds proportionally to their number. A meadow that is too densely sown, where too many plants grow and compete with each other for access to light and water during the intensive growth phase, may lose their aesthetics.
site should be rolled or trampled to ensure good contact of the seeds with the ground. Finally, we water the future meadow. If this is not possible, sowing seeds should preferably be planned in the time before the rain. It is important that the delicate roots of young plants have good conditions to penetrate the moist soil. It is important for the proper development of plants to maintain a moderate substrate humidity in the intensive growth period, especially on permeable soils.
During the sowing season, flowers are unlikely to appear, and for good condition in the following years, the meadow requires mowing several times during this time. Mowing should be performed high (approx. 5-10 cm above the ground) and without chopping the swath, e.g. with a traditional or mechanical scythe, and with a bar mower for larger areas. After mowing, the hay is left for a few days so that the seeds end up in the soil and the inhabitants leave the stalks cut. After this time, the hay should be removed so as not to fertilize the soil, which would promote the growth of nitrogen-loving grasses. Polish perennial flowers can be mowed every few weeks to strengthen perennial plants and eliminate unwanted annuals.
The meadow begins to bloom intensively from the second year, which should be more abundant with each season, with proper mowing. We mow the perennial meadow twice a season, using the same technique as in the first season. The first mowing should be done after the flowers have flowered and the seeds fall off (June / July). The second mowing is to be done in the fall (then the area will resemble a lawn in winter) or in early spring (in winter, the stalks will be a shelter for insects and a canteen for birds, as well as insulation for young seedlings that will have time to grow before the end of the season).
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