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Wildflowers for mental health

This Mental Health Awareness Week (09-15 May), wildflower specialist and My Green Pod Hero Seedball is looking at how nature and wildlife can improve mental health and wellbeing.

It has long been considered the case that gardening and tending to plants are effective ways to relieve stress and improve wellbeing, and this connection is increasingly being recognised by science.

In fact, Sky News reported people who garden daily have wellbeing scores 6.6% higher and stress levels 4.2% lower than those who do not garden at all.

Quite simply, a connection to nature has proven benefits for mental health, and this can be enjoyed even without a garden – the simple act of growing something from seed can increase this feeling of connecting with the natural world.

Fool-proof growing

Seedball makes it easy to grow wildflowers from seed, no matter how much space is available, or how much experience a person has of gardening.

The company believes that the benefits of growing should be available to everyone, so has developed a range of products to make it accessible to all.

Each seed ball acts as a mini ecosystem so the seeds can germinate and grow with very little help.

Every ball has between 30 to 100 seeds depending on the variety, and contains clay to protect it from birds, ants and other predators.

Peat-free compost is also added to provide nutrition and a small amount of chilli powder is used to deter slugs and snails from eating the young shoots.

Flowers for bees and butterflies

There is a wide variety of seed balls available; they can all be thrown on soil or compost in a garden bed, pot or planter during the spring or autumn.

They are available in compact tins that contain 20 balls – the perfect number for a small flower bed.

The tins are also a great choice for those living in urban environments with limited outdoor space, as the seeds can be sprinkled into three to five medium-sized pots to create a wildlife haven on a balcony or terrace.

Each seed ball contains approximately 30 seeds with a variety of wildflowers included. Wildflower tins have multiple varieties including the Bee Mix, Urban Meadow and Butterfly Mix.

Each will help you encourage wildflowers, wildlife and nature into your life.

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