Flower gardening 101: important tips for first time flower gardeners

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Flowers are one of the most magical creations of nature. They can effortlessly enliven even the dreariest of places, which is why everyone dreams of having a bountiful bed of blooms in their garden.

However, flower gardening may seem a bit overwhelming if you are just starting. Getting those gorgeous colorful flowers is much more than digging a hole, adding the plant and watering it regularly. At the same time, it’s easy enough for anyone to learn and start planting. Plus, we’re here to help.

Before you sink in your spade into your garden bed and embark on your first gardening adventure, go through the steps listed below and you’ll be off to a great start.

Familiarize yourself with the Garden

Having a perfect flower garden is more about what you can do with space than about how you imagine it in your mind. Meaning, you may have visions of filling up the yard with beautiful roses and lovely lilies, but it’s important to understand if the culture conditions in your garden are suitable for growing your favorite flowers.

To get it right, familiarize yourself with the garden landscape by assessing the conditions. Know how much light your garden receives all day. Take note of the area that gets the most sunlight and the areas that remain in the shade most of the time. Also evaluate the soil, topography and the moisture conditions to know which type of flowers will be best suited for the garden.

Placement

After you’ve familiarized yourself with your garden landscape, it will be easy to pick the spot where your flowers can thrive. Next, you’ll need to figure out how your flower garden will fit in with the rest of your landscape. The design and placement of your flower bed should be influenced by the architectural style of your home and your personal preferences.

Clear the ground

Clearing the ground of weeds or excessive grass is essential before you start planting. Start with removing the sod from the area of your flowerbed. Clearing the sod will create space for your flowers to bloom.

Prepare the Soil

Preparing soil

Now, one of the most critical steps to successfully planting a flower garden is preparing the soil. Garden soil isn’t always ideal for planting flowers and hence needs to be enriched with nutrients and minerals that make the soil more fertile and help the plants thrive. The easiest method is to add compost, old manure or any other organic material into the top 6 inches of your soil. After a few months, your soil will become perfectly fertile to plant the flowers.

Pick the flowers

Time to put your flower research into action! While thinking about which flowers to grow, it’s important to consider how much work you are willing to put into the maintenance of your garden. In addition to that, you must factor in the culture conditions, flower sizes, and colors, bloom time, etc.

Plant

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The simplest way to get flowers is to buy them from a nursery or a garden store. Once you’ve obtained flowers, water them thoroughly before planting so that they won’t have to go through transplant shock. Next, dig a hole for each plant. Make sure that the hole is sufficiently deep for the plant and about twice as wide so that you fluff up the soil at the bottom. Place the plant inside the hole and fill it up with soil or compost. After planting, you will need to add a layer of mulch (around 3 inches) and water it properly so that the soil settles around the root.

Feed Fertilizer

Feeding fertilizers help the plant thrive, makes it resilient and protects it from the attack of insects and pests. Make sure you choose the right fertilizer for your flowers. You can go with either synthetic fertilizers, which tend to act fast but may leach away from the soil quickly, or organic fertilizers that cost more and take time to show results.

Water

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Newly planted flowers need to be watered every other day so that they can develop a strong network of roots. Following that, you may water as needed, which may vary upon the flower, soil, humidity and rains.

Keep it up

You are right on track to have a beautiful garden with lovely blooming flowers. All you need to do is keep watering and feeding fertilizers as required.

Enjoy the blooms!

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