Does your flower garden have that special zing to it? It’s hard not to enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of flowers. And if you’re like me, you also take great pride in the health and stalks of the plants you grow. In this article we will explore a few ways that your flower garden can benefit from some basic gardening skills.
First, we should examine what you are actually doing when you plant and tend to your flower garden. You are essentially taking a piece of rough dirt (I use pine) and planting seeds. In my experience, this method usually works quite well. When I plant my flower seeds I am generally using what is loosely described as “dirt” or “soil.” I have found however that “fertilizer” is a better description. You want to make sure that the soil you choose for your flower crops is rich in nutrients that will help the plant to develop properly.
Flowering plants typically flower at different times. What you plant will depend on the time of year. Spring bulbs such as tulips and gerberas will flower earlier in the spring and be more compact. Summer flowers such as daffodils and hydrangeas will flower a bit later, while perennials such as chrysanthemums and daisies will flower in the fall. Fall bulbs are a bit trickier because they have been dormant for the winter. If you plan on trying to grow these bulbs, I recommend that you first freeze the flowers to make them easier to transplant.
Another tip I would give for growing my garden is to prune my plants regularly. When I do this, I simply cut away parts of the plant that is producing little flowers. This helps to conserve resources. You can use your sharp clippers to trim away any dead branches or twigs as well. By doing this on a regular basis you will be able to insure that you are conserving your plant’s resources and avoiding any unnecessary trips to the garden store.
For flower gardening in the summer I highly recommend sun loving plants. This allows the flower to get all the sunlight it needs. I recommend only planting flowers that will thrive in direct sunlight, as there are many plants that will do fine in indirect sunlight.
My gardening hat may not be the most stylish, but it definitely serves its purpose. This accessory allows me to read up on which plants are high in nutrients without having to flip through pages of plant books. This is an essential part of planting a successful garden, so make sure you have some handy with you!
Many beginners tend to plant too tightly, pushing their plants into the ground. Planting too tightly causes stress to your plant, which can affect its growth and development. I recommend that you loosen up your plant a bit each time you water or harvest your plant. By loosening up your plants, they will be less stressed when it comes to plant nutrition.
My hat may be small and simple, but it has provided me with years of service in providing good plant nutrition. It lets me know exactly what I need to do to ensure the health of each plant I nurture. It also makes it easy for me to identify and harvest plants properly. In addition, my hat gives me peace of mind knowing that I am providing the proper plant care. If I didn’t have a hat on my head, I could always use a book to find out what to do!