Flower Gardening

Flower gardening can give anyone an excellent reason to spend some outdoors and test out their green thumb.

Flower gardening is as easy as 1, 2, and 3:

  1. Decide what to plant
  2. Plant it
  3. Water, Water, Water!

There are some decisions that should be made before you start.

  • Annuals that live for one season and must be replanted every year
  • Perennials that survive the winter and return again in the summer.

Climate

When buying and planting, pay attention to what kind of flowers thrive in your climate as well as the sun requirements. You should decide what type of look you want before planting. For instance, mixing different heights, colors, and varieties of flowers together in a “wild-plant style” will give your garden a meadow look and can be very charming. In short flowers are planted in the front of your garden and work up to the tallest flowers in the back you will have a “stepping stone style”.

Buy seeds or plants

You can order seeds for flower gardening from catalogues or buy them from a nursery. Most people will go to the nursery and buy actual flowers and then transplant them.

Prepare & Plant

After you have prepared your garden area and bought flowers, it is a good idea to lay the flowers out in the bed to make sure you like the arrangement and that they will be spaced properly.

If you have seeds just sprinkle them around in the flower bed. For planting transplants dig a hole just bigger than the flower root ball, pull the container off, and set the flower in the hole green side up as we say in the business.  Cover it with the loose soil and press down firmly, then water.

Maintenance

Maintaining a flower garden is even easier than planting one.  Although they might make it on their own, a bag of organic fertilizer applied in the early spring is a good idea. Pinch back any blooms after they start to fade and keep them good and watered.

To save yourself work during the next season of flower gardening, rid your garden of all debris and spread out organic nutrients like peat moss or Compost.  Don’t forget to turn over the soil to properly mix in the fertilizer and rake smooth when finished.  If you have perennials planted be careful not to disturb their roots in this process.

Flowers can brighten everyone’s day, they smell nice, and are a great hobby.