How to Start a Flower Garden
Having your own flower garden can be a wonderful experience and
can add beauty and joy to your home and yard. Before you begin planting
your flower garden, you should carefully plan a few things to ensure
that they grow healthy and that your garden remains beautiful and long
lasting. Of course, the first thing you’ll want to do is choose the
best possible spot to plant your flower garden.
Consider things such as the amount of sunlight the
spot will get, and if it will allow for the proper drainage. You may
even want to trace the borders of your garden with a stick in the dirt
to give you an idea of what the layout will look like. If this isn’t
something you want to do, try sketching out your ideas on a piece of
paper. Another idea is to use simple household flour to trace the
outlines. This way, if you decide you don’t like something, you can
always brush it out of the way and start over.
The next step for starting your flower garden
is to decide which plants will be planted in the garden and where.
Remember that taller flowers should be placed at the back of the
garden, and shorter ones in the front. This way all of your flowers can
be seen, and the taller plants won’t block the smaller ones or get in
the way of their natural sunlight. In addition, all of your flowers
should be easily accessible when it comes to fertilizing and trimming
them, so you don’t end up stepping on or crushing them by accident.
Before you plant anything, you should conduct a thorough test of your
existing soil. Many places offer PH tests free of charge. You can also
obtain a home testing kit if you so desire. Next, prep your soil by
fertilizing and tilling it. This process stirs up the nutrients that
are already in the soil, and gets it ready for optimal flower growth.
Compost is a huge asset to any garden and gives an extra boost to the
already existing soil. You should spread the compost in a layer of
about 3-4 inches over everything, including the grass that is already
there. Also, be sure to pre-treat your soil with some form of pesticide
to ensure that deadly insects don’t infiltrate your garden and kill
your flowers. Try to find one that is environmentally friendly with
minimal to no harsh chemicals.
Once you’ve designed your outline, tilled and tested your soil,
added compost and treated the area with pesticide, it’s time to plant
your flowers! You can choose to plant the flowers from their original
seeds, or use seedlings instead, which are the flowers in their infant
stages but they have already begun to establish roots. Seedlings are
usually the best option. You should dig holes in your soil about eight
to ten inches deep. Some plants need even more depth, somewhere around
24 inches (two feet). This is especially important if you’re planting
perennials, because they require extra root space to grow down into the
earth. As you’re digging, if you find any rocks or old root pieces,
chunks of matter, etc, be sure to toss this to the side. Hard objects
left in the soil can prohibit healthy root growth for your new flowers.
Once you’re done digging, you may want to rake the surface so that
everything is level and ready for planting. Now it’s time to plant your
seeds or seedlings! Be sure that everything is spaced fairly evenly,
and that the fully grown flowers won’t end up “choking” each other when
they are full size. When you’ve completed your planting, you might want
to consider adding edging to the garden to give it a polished look.
This can also help prevent weed growth in the flower bed. Now you’re
finished and ready to enjoy a lovely flower garden that the whole family
can appreciate and enjoy.