Is your garden looking a bit worse for ware? Want to add a bit of colour & life? Then you may want to learn how to start a flower garden yourself. Looking at a flower garden it seems like an easy task, but there are quite a few steps and things to consider before getting started. We’ve split the guide into the three main parts of starting a flower bed, these parts are:
- Doing the preparation
- Getting the equipment
- Planting the flowers or seeds
Part 1: Doing the preparation
- The position
- Taking it back to the base
- Prepare the soil
- Raised flower bed may be required
Getting the right position of your flower bed is vital to it’s success. You need to pick somewhere that has a lot of light throughout the day, so before going ahead and planting it in a particular place you should watch on a given day where the sun hits & go for the area of your garden that gets the most sunlight throughout.
The next step is to strip back the grass & anything in the way. Soil has a lot of hidden wonders, rocks & other bits of rubbish that you will need to get rid of before starting. Get the ground back to bare bones essentially!
Use a rake to break up any clumps of soil and ensure that you are able to smoothly glide the rake through, this will allow for excellent conditions. After this you need to make the soil fertile, the best way to do this is compost, or any organic kind of material.
If the ground is troublesome, full of rocks or just a bit of a hassle, then you may need to look at doing a raised flower bed. You can usually get a kit to do this from a gardening store, or build your own, essentially it’s small wooden fence to contain the soil that is raised above ground level.
Part 2: Getting the equipment
- Choose the flowers you want
- Buy the seeds or flowers
- Getting containers
You need to have a think about which flowers you want to grow. Do your research, going back to the initial first step, if your garden doesn’t get an awful amount of light then you may want to go for a flower that can cope with that better. It’s worth looking into before just diving in head first!
This is completely personal preference, you may want to buy a seed & see it grow from nothing or you may want to take a little bit of the effort out of it & have a flower that’s already established. If you choose to go for a flower then make sure that it is healthy & has plenty of leafs.
The sub part of the previous section if you are getting seed is the containers. You need to choose a container which has enough space for the plant & its roots. You can use a variety of different things for this, but you need to make sure that it has holes in the bottom so the water can drain out.
Part 3: Planting the flowers or seeds
- The last frost
- Digging & planting
- Aftercare – watering
Before bedding your plants you should add some time release fertilizer, make sure you read the back of the package to ensure that you are getting the correct amounts.
If you plant before the last frost of the winter then you will essentially ruin what your planting. You need to ensure that you plant after this, when the temperature gets a little bit warmer.
This may seem simple, but dig a hole for your flowers, take them out of the pots if and ensure the roots are separated. Make sure to fill the soil in around the plant.
This may seem like an obvious one, but don’t forget to water them! New plants need to be watered at least once every other day, if you forget then chances are you won’t have much of a flower bed!
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