So you’ve decided to try and learn how to start a flower garden from scratch. Even if you’ve done it before, it can be daunting at first. You’ve spent countless hours playing with flower gardens in your imagination, designing and conceptualizing, and dreaming up ways to make those gardens bloom. So now that you’ve finally achieved that, all that’s left is to put it all together and actually do it. But how do you do it?
Soil: It’s important to understand how much soil you need to be able to grow your flower garden. Too little will almost certainly kill your new plants. On the other hand, too much soil is almost certainly going to kill your new flower garden. In fact, a properly planned flower garden requires a specific pH balance and nutrients for optimal growth. The same holds true for growing plants outdoors as well – if you have poor soil, your plants are just going to get sick.
Growing Bed: If you’re working with a small space, or just want a small flower garden, it’s perfectly acceptable to plant in small flower beds. These are also referred to as pot-type gardens. There are many benefits to growing plants in small spaces, including compactness (because the plants are in close proximity together), lower cost because there aren’t a lot of costs associated with purchasing extra containers, and lower maintenance because the roots don’t have to travel a very long distance in order to reach the sunlight. However, there are a few downsides to growing plants in pots – for one, they tend to lack the aesthetic quality of having natural, “at home” flowers and plants, which are a loss on its own (especially if you have a large garden).
Soil: The third step to answering how to start a flower garden is preparation of the soil. Your soil should be fertile, and drain well. Remember that planting flowers requires watering, and so your soil should drain well – it should never become soggy. Another important thing to remember when planting is that you should mulch your perennials and biennials, if you have them. Mulch keeps the soil moist and prevents it from drying out too much, which can be unhealthy for your plants.
Planting Beds: The fourth step in the process is to plant those flowers you want to grow. Depending on what types of flowers you chose, they can be planted in a variety of ways, such as in traditional bedding or border beds, hanging baskets, hanging planters, and also potteries. When you’re planting your garden, remember that perennials will need to be planted up against the wall in order to receive all the moisture they need, while biennials can be planted in the gap between the flower bed and the walls.
Basic Gardening Tools and Supplies: The fifth step in gardening, after learning how to plant a flower garden, is to buy some good supplies, such as hoes and spades, digging trowels, and planting forktips. You’ll also want to purchase a potting soil mix that you can mix into the soil when you plant your garden. If you don’t already know how to set up your garden, learning how to use the tools and supplies you have will make the job go faster and more smoothly.
Your Flower Garden’s Last Frost Date: This is, of course, the most important step of all – the day you plant your garden and are able to actually see it. Make sure to get a weather alert in advance and inspect the garden before the first frost. Check to make sure the ground is perfectly even, and prepare your garden accordingly. Check the fertilizer, water, and sunlight levels to make sure everything is ready to go.
The Proper Way to Plant Roses: This comes down to three things. First, plant the flowers that you want. Second, spread mulch over the entire garden before the first frost. Last, remember to check on the weather and adjust accordingly. That’s basically it!