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Starting a Flower Garden

on August 7, 2013

Spring is the perfect time to start thinking about a flower garden. If you are a first time gardener it is probally best to start out small. Avas Flowers is happy to give some tips on how to plan and begin your garden.

What to Plant

For a garden of flowers, first you have to decide what type of plants do you want. Annuals which you have to plant again every year but give color most of the summer. Or do you want perennials which come up year after year but have a shorter bloom time. Whichever way is fine or you can plant a mixture of both.

Where to Plant

Most flowers require at least six hours of sunlight a day. Though if you have less you can find plants that can tolerate having less sunlight.

Prepare the Area

If the area you want to plant your flowers is covered in grass you are going to first have to remove the sod. Now the grass if there was some is removed you have to prepare the soil. You will want to do this when the soil is neither too wet or too dry. Digging the soil loosens the earth so new roots can penetrate it more easily. Spread some organic matter such as dry grass clipping, decaying leaves or old manure. Using a spade or turning fork gently turn the top 8 to 12 inches of the soil working in the organic matter.

Choose your plants

Now that you have prepared your soil you will need some plants. Pick plants that meet your climate and sunlight conditions. Many garden centers will be happy to help you select plants that meet your criteria or you can find a wealth of information on the internet.

Plant them

Do not plant your flowers until the danger of frost in you area has passed. Then dig a hole and plant your transplants. Young plants should never be allowed to dry out. So water daily when the plants are small, then every other day or so. This can vary as to how dry or humid your area is. Water slowly and deeply giving a chance for the water to seep into the soil and not just run off.

Maintain

To help prevent weeds cover soil with a couple inches of mulch. Generally choose a mulch that will decompose in a few months. Now pay attention to your garden. Keep watering, removing weeds when or if they appear and apply fertilizer.

Most importantly however, enjoy your garden.

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