Beetle Mix

The ideal mix to attract ladybirds and pollinating beetles! Created in collaboration with the scientists at the Natural History Museum to help beetles – who are super important to our garden ecosystems. Did you know that many beetles are important pollinators who pollinated the first flowers 140 million years ago at the time of dinosaurs?

Flowers in the Carrot or Umbellifer family (Apiaceae), and those with multiple flower heads, seem to be particularly attractive – making our mix of flowers perfect for beetles 🙂 Each ball contains approximately 30 seeds per ball, and each tin will provide coverage for 1 square metre in a garden, or 3-5 medium sized pots. Best scattered in Spring or Autumn.

£6.00

Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)

Perennial
Height: 30-80cm
Flowers: July to September

Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)

Annual
Height: 90cm
Flowers: June to August
Geeklet: Cornflowers are edible. They have a cucumber-like taste. Flowers can be consumed in the form of salad and tea, or used as a garnish.

Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris)

Perennial
Height: 50-150cm
Flowers: May to July

Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis)

Perennial
Height: 30-60cm
Flowers: August to September

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

A tall biennial (flowering stem grows in the second year) with pink and purple flowers on spikes
Height: 60-150cm
Flowers: June to September
Toxicity: Poisonous if eaten
Geeklet: Foxgloves are a really good ‘bridging plant’ as they bloom late May-June, a period when the bulbs have finished and the summer perennials are yet to be at their best!

Great Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis)

Perennial
Height: 40-80cm
Flowers: July to August

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

A perennial aromatic herb with white flowers arranged in a many flowered flat umbel head.
Height: 8-60cm
Flowers: June to August
Geeklet: Yarrow is a common herb that has been highly regarded for its medicinal properties in Britain since Anglo-Saxon times, it is said that Achilles used this herb to treat the wounds of his soldiers.

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How To Use

What is Seedball?

A ball made from seeds, clay, peat-free compost and chili powder.

Why use Seedballs?

The ball prevents the seeds from being a tasty lunch for birds and insects, thereby increasing the chances of your flowers growing. Plus they’re super easy to use, no digging and no expert knowledge needed!

What’s in the tin?

There are 20 balls in each tin, and around 30 seeds per ball.

How do I use Seedballs?

Throw onto soil or compost in a garden bed or planter in Spring or Autumn, leaving at least 10cm between each ball. Your Seedball has everything it needs to grow and, once the ball becomes moist and the temperature is right, your seeds will germinate!

What area will my Seedballs cover?

We would usually advise 20 seed balls per square metre, or 3-5 seed balls for a 35cm container.

Conservation:

All seed is responsibly sourced in the UK from Flora Locale accredited suppliers, we only ever use peat-free compost and our steel tins are manufactured in London (with the help of a solar farm on the factory roof).

See our FAQ page for our full guide to growing wildflowers from Seedball.

Delivery

  • Standard delivery (UK only) is 3-5 working days
  • Free delivery (UK only) is available on all orders above £20 (3-5 working days)
  • Speedy delivery (UK only) 1-2 working days
  • We can deliver to all addresses within Europe
  • European delivery takes between 5-7 working days
  • We’ll always notify you by email when your order has been dispatched
  • For any urgent requests please email seedball@mayaproject.org
  • more information on delivery and returns

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