Growing a flower garden can be a fun and rewarding experience for gardeners of any skill level. Spring is a great time to start your very own flower garden and add a pop of color to your yard through the end of the summer. Here are a few tips from a seasoned gardener to get your own garden started while the season starts taking off.
Make a Space
You’re going to need adequate space for your flower garden, but the good news is that flowers don’t need as much space as a vegetable garden. Make sure you have enough room to either place the seeds two to three inches apart or starter plants, or ones that are already growing, at least two inches apart. The flowers should get plenty of sunshine, but can be grown in spots where there’s a little shade part of the day.
Select Your Soil
Soil can be an issue if you live somewhere that does not have rich, nutrient filled dirt. If you need to supplement your soil, purchase an organic potting mix that contains extra nutrition for your plants. You can also opt to buy a chemical growth booster, but with proper care your flowers will bloom without any extra products. I opt to avoid products that boost growth in favor of just tending the garden a bit more closely. You want the potting mix to be able to be spread across your garden space so the flowers can grow and devour the nutrients.
Once you have your space ready, you can begin planting your seeds or starter plants. I prefer to use seeds, but for beginners, starter plants can be a great choice. If you choose seeds, plant them a couple inches into the soil and space them about two to three inches apart. Starter plants should be buried in the soil until they are level with the ground, then patted down gently. Be sure the starter plants are a few inches apart. Water them lightly and check the seeds for sprouting and the starter seeds for growth.
Maintain Your Garden
Every garden has weeds, even those that use a weed killer. Check your garden for weeds every day and pull them as necessary. They can steal nutrients and sometimes overtake plants easily. Make sure not ot over water your plants and cover them if you’re expecting heavy rain for a few days. You also want to make sure the temperature doesn’t drop too much on the growing plants. I like to toss a tarp over the plants when it seems like the temperatures may dip to act as a blanket.
Now that your garden is blooming, you can sit back and enjoy the fragrant and beautiful blooms. Some flowers will have a very short growing season, but others will bloom for the entire summer. At the end of the season, I like to plant bulbs for plants that I would like to bloom the following year. It can be a lot of work, but the rewards of seeing your flowers can be extremely rewarding.