Flowers instantly beautify the site without fail. You can have the pleasure of viewing the beauty of flowers in your garden if you will. Yes, right in your backyard you can grow flowers of your choice – perennial or annual. You can use the flower bed as a border, or you can make use of the whole space as a huge chunk for a flower bed.
Here’s how you can get started with your own beautiful flower garden:
1. Start with a Plan
Preferably, make a sketch or a rough draft of your prospective project on paper. If you can’t draw, get some help. As a beginner why it is insisted on penning your plan down is for you to get a clearer view of how you want your flowers or foliage to be placed, what type of flower and how many of them.
You can always take inspiration from public gardens; you can view ideas online, or you can come up with a design from your own imagination.
2. Choose a Site
Take a nice look at the available space in your premises, and evaluate all the options. Whether you want a large flower bed, should it be on different tiers, do you want scattered flower beds or whether you want the flowers in garden pots for the initial phase. You also must make sure that the plantations are at least three or more feet away from the house of the fence for convenient air circulation.
You must also have a proper drainage system for when it pours heavily, as well as a route for you to walk around and water it. Also, consider the fact that the site must get direct sunlight for at least 6 hours every day; except for flowers that are grown in shade only.
3. Test Your Soil
Get a Soil Test to test the nutrition level, pH level and its efficiency to grow the plant of your choice. Almost all soils could work with or improvised upon, except sandy or rocky soils or steep slopes. Do not plant the seed near a huge tree as it will fight for nutrients with the little plant.
4. Get Started
You can either manually dig the soil or have your gardener help you out with it. Rake the upper layers in order to ensure that there is no grass or sods on the flower bed. Yes, it sounds like quite a dirty job, but it is all worth it in the end. You will need a few basic garden equipment to loosen up the soil and make holes for the flowers to be planted. Adding some food for the soil such as animal manure or fertilizer is always a good idea.
5. Seed Shopping
You have an option of getting seeds from the market, or you can buy already grown plants from nurseries. If it’s the only winter and if you don’t want to miss out on the whole process of watching the plant grow, buying seeds can be a good idea. Some catalogs have mind blowing pictures of how the seeds will grow out to bloom. Otherwise, you can go the easy way. This is one of the essential aspects of home and garden improvements.
6. Which Flowers Should You Plant?
Some plants are perennial aka seasonal. If you have the passion for enriching the look of your garden when seasons change, you can opt for perennial flowers. These sorts of flowers bloom only in specific seasons.
Otherwise, you can opt for annual flowers. Such flowers grow all year round and its blooming period is not restricted to one season. Also, while choosing which flowers to plant in your garden, please make sure your garden site suits the requirement of that plant. For instance, you most certainly can’t plant a sunflower in a shady mushy atmosphere.
Like food crops, flower foliage also could use a bit of fertilizer. Food for the soil is never a bad idea. But don’t go all heavy with the fertilization as too much of chemicals may destroy the delicate bloom. You must refer to the packet for instructions on the application.
Like an attentive waiter, you must first observe whether the water is needed or not; if yes, then how much. This may depend on a few changing conditions as the climate, exposure, and downpour or some permanent conditions like the type of soil and the specific portion of water that the plant needs. Make a conscious attempt to water near the roots of the plant.
9. Avoiding Plant Diseases
Yes, plants “fall sick” too. The most common flower diseases are gray mold aka Botrytis, Powdery Mildew, and Black spot. Most fungal infections are caused due to “spores”, its causal reasons is wet soil. Also, powdery mildew is found in humid conditions.
Proper plant spacing can avoid these problems if the plants receive adequate air circulation. Shun the practice of overhead watering your plants. To avoid fungi, water the plants early in the morning so as to give them time to dry out during the day. Remember, if you have a diseased plant, it is wiser to burn the plant rather than nursing it back to health because other plants in your garden then might get prone to being infected.
10. Cut the Blooms
Most of your plants will re-bloom. But like major cases, they re-bloom only when the old ones are cut. But ensure while cutting flowers from the flowers to cut at an angle and by a scissor. It lessens the damage. You can use the fresh flowers in your home; just make sure to place it in water immediately. Take care of your plantations and pay heed to its developments constantly.
Have an updated knowledge about the flowers you sow in your garden. If you can’t find help on the seed packets, look it up online. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Also, consider the fact the idea of owning a flower garden is susceptive, but it requires time, dedication and constant effort. You can go through all the gardening tools that you must have for a successful gardening.
The best thing about these garden flowers is that they change every day. Always a distinctive look of the plant! With your own personal flower garden, you have the freedom to customize the look as and when you want.
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