So, you’ve finally made up your mind that you’re going to start your flower garden. You might even have begun searching for the types of flowers you would love to own and plant. But where and how do you start?
The following steps will help you start your flower garden the easy and smart way.
1. Choose a place for your flower garden.
You can’t start growing flowers if you have no place to do it, so the first thing to consider is the location. For starters, you can always start small. Your first flower garden can start from a simple container, a window box, a slightly raised garden bed or even a flower bed.
Pick a location near a water source for easy watering. It is also best to choose a space where your garden is noticeable. If it is hidden somewhere in your yard, the tendency is you might forget about it.
2. Know the sunlight levels of your chosen location.
Once you have chosen a place where your flower garden will be, you to check for the light levels next. For flowers, the more sunlight, the more the flowers bloom. One must know that different types of flowers, like most plants, require different amounts of sunlight. It is best to spend some of your time outside in different times of the day and note the places where sunlight is prominent and which are usually partially shaded.
3. Get rid of grass and sod.
Make sure no sod or grass covers the area where you plan to grow your garden to give space for your flowers. If there are grasses and aggressive weeds, digging through the soil to get the roots out is what you need to do. You can also try to dig sods to clear them out faster.
If you can still wait for a few months like five or so, you can use newspapers in five layers to smother the sod. Top it off with potting soil and topsoil combo or soil composts in three coats. All of these will need at least four months to compose.
4. Get your soil ready.
Till your soil until it is loose and quickly breaks into smaller pieces. If there are rocks or lumps of earth or clay, you will need to remove those too. Try to make the topsoil smooth for a layer that looks even.
5. Make the soil fertile.
The soil where you will plant your flowers needs necessary nutrients such as potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus as well as other nutrients to grow. Organic materials like compost as well as manure are excellent fertilizers. If digging is not an option, putting layers of compost or manure on top of your soil will do. You just need 6 inches of these and a few months later will be part of dirt.
6. Choose the type of flowers you want to grow in your garden.
It is best to consider the amount of light and shade your chosen location gets in picking flowers. Another thing to take into consideration is to make sure the flowers you select can grow on the climate where you are planting them. Different types of flowers grow on different zones, so make sure to keep this in mind to not waste any effort in the future.
How much time and dedication you can provide for you to grow your garden is also necessary to make sure you pick the right type of flowering plants, be it perennials or annuals.
Perennials are plants that can live for more than two years. They can grow during spring and summer time, die during the cold of winter and autumn and come back from their rootstock when spring arrives. Some of the best varieties of perennials are roses, asters, peonies, and daffodils.
Annuals, on the other hand, needs to be planted yearly. Their advantage for perennials, however, is that their blooms last for a more extended period.
For those who are newbies when it comes to gardening, your best pick for seeds would be low-maintenance flowers that are easy to grow like sunflowers.
7. Plan your flower garden structure.
If you’re considering to plant various types of flowers, it is best to include color, height, and spacing. Prioritize the small flowers in the front, while the taller ones are to be positioned and planted at the back. It will enable you to organize your garden as well as showcase the beauty of each plant.
8. Buy the seeds and starting planting.
If you want to grow the flowers on your own, you can buy seeds on online catalogs or garden centers. Otherwise, you can obtain flowers on a nursery or flower market as well as the garden store. Remember that you will need extra care and attention if you plan to grow plants on your own. Once the soil is ready and you have your plant or seeds, start planting. For seeds, strictly follow the instructions to make sure our flowers will not die out.
9. Water your plants.
If you planted seeds, seedlings should never dry out so make sure to water them regularly. Newly planted transplants also need a daily supply of water up until the roots have settled in place. It is best to water in the morning, and you need to water deeply and slowly for the soil to absorb it.
10. Clear up weeds when you see them.
These unwanted plants will fight over the nutrients in the soil that your plants need, so it’s best to get rid of them. You can use mulch to keep moisture in a while keeping the weeds out.
11. Take care of your garden and show it off.
Daily watering and getting rid of weeds are essential to keep your flower garden alive and beautiful. You may also want to show off your garden since you’ve been doing a great job in taking care of it.
We don’t always need to go outdoors to have recreation in our own home, we can always turn our garden into something magical. Have a garden spa on your breathtaking new flower garden.
Highlight your flower garden by installing landscape lighting, could be DIY lighting ideas or from companies that offer a great variety of lighting fixtures you can use in making your flower bed stand out. LEDs and Solar lights are hot this year, plus they offer lots of benefits so you might want to consider choosing them among other lighting types.
Robbie Nevens, co-founder of Lamptwist, has a unique fascination with lighting, he believes that the room lighting is the center and core of home designs. Robbie works for a home improvement company for the last 20 years. As for Robbie, lampshades and chandeliers were the best types of furniture he ever invested at home and never fails to do the trick.