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Flower Gardening Basics

A flower garden is a place of creative beauty, relaxation, contemplation, rest and play. No matter how limited you are about space, money or time, designing a flower garden can be done effectively and beautifully. Perhaps planning and setting up your first flower garden may seem challenging, even a little daunting, but once you see the result bloom, it will be worth it. This simple overview of the bases of the flower garden will help you start this enriching effort, express your creativity, get closer to nature and live a truly thriving experience.

Here are some practical tips on how to start your fascinating and exciting adventure of setting up a colorful and lively flower garden; from selecting a place, preparing the ground, selecting flowers, planning the garden and planting flowers.

Practical tips on how to start a flower bed from scratch

Site selection

To start planting your flower garden, choose a sunny place that receives direct sunlight all day or at least for half a day until noon. Select a flat site as it is easier to work. A slight slope is also fine, but avoid a steep hill for the first time by planting a flower garden, as it can be cumbersome and demanding.

Removal of weeds and grass

After selecting your site, remove any existing grass or weed from the grass, including the roots. Make sure that this task is done methodically and thoroughly so as not only to prevent problems in the future, but also to achieve better flower gardening results. Getting rid of weeds and grass can be done by hand or using a cutter. You could also smother the soil with cardboard and mulch-covered newspapers or use a herbicide.

Soil preparation

The next step would be to prepare the ground. Loosen the soil and mix the organic matter. Organic matter consists of decomposed materials such as compost, old rotten leaves, well aged stable manure, spent mushroom soil or any other material available locally at reasonable costs or in daily garbage. In addition, an abundance of soil organisms, from earthworms to mushrooms, provides the nutrients needed to plant roots and keep your flowers healthy.

Size of the garden

In deciding the size of the flower garden, it is not always important how important it is. If it’s your first time to plant a flower garden, start small so it’s more content and manageable. It will allow you to face the preparation phase more efficiently and to maintain the flowery garden as the season progresses. The choice to expand is always there once you have managed to build a healthy and colorful flower garden.

Once all the preparations are finished, you can start thinking about how you want your flower garden to look; what kind of garden design and style do you prefer, how colorful do you want it to appear, the mood that should emanate and the background that your flower garden should have.

The big question that arises therefore is the selection of flowers to grow in your flower garden. This will depend not only on the personal tastes of the gardener, but above all on the conditions of growth, the style of the flower garden and other similar practical conditions. Try to collect as many native flowers as possible for best results. However, there may be some non-native flowers that are adaptable and may well adapt to existing native ones. The key to this is to find a successful combination that works without being irresponsible from an environmental point of view.

It’s fun to plant flowers, watch them grow and see your efforts materialize. But it is essential to quantify how much time you have to devote to the maintenance of your flowers and your flower garden, since even low-maintenance plantations require regular care. Make sure you have some free time each week to take care of your flower garden.

Growing flowers is pleasant and a flower garden is like a dream. The whole floral gardening process can be addictive and exciting. In addition, it is also a good exercise. Keeping plants and flower beds in good condition can guarantee colorful and beautiful results and lead to a truly pleasant experience.

by William Brister

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