A beginners guide to planting flowers! Follow the steps below and have your best garden ever!
If you're a beginner gardener, you may have quite a few questions about how to grow and plant things, and we're here to put those questions to rest! This how to plant flowers for beginners guide will guide you through the steps you need to take to make a beautiful flower garden! From A to Z, we'll show you exactly what you need to do, how to do it, and WHY you're doing it.
In no time, you'll become an expert gardener and your flower garden will be the talk of the neighborhood!
This beginners guide to planting flowers will give you a general idea as to the rules of flower planting.
How to Plant Flowers for Beginners – A DIY Guide
Every gardener has their own gardening tools! Before planting flowers, you'll need a few garden tools to start off:
- garden spade (small shovel for gardens)
- small rake
- gardening gloves
- top soil
- flower bulbs
Step 1: Find Your Spot
Think about WHERE you want flower garden to be. More specifically, think about where the sun hits the most in your garden. For most flowers, they'll prefer a sunny spot, so choose an area that will receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. This full sun site should also be protected from the wind, if at all possible.
Step 2: Start Tilling
Now that you've decided on an area, it's time to rid that area of any grasses, rocks, or other items that may be in the way. Grab a shovel and start digging away at the grass. Once the grass is removed, use a tiller to loosen up the soil. Purchase a good quality garden soil and mix it in with the native soil. Amend some organic compost to enrich the soil and keep moisture.
Step 3: Planting
For beginner gardeners, we suggest you start off with perennials (these are the plants that will come back year after year!). Whatever type of flowers you choose, be sure to follow the guidelines on the packets! Dig a hole twice as deep as the container the plant came in and plant the root ball of the flower in the hole. Cover the hole back up with soil and tamp down.
If you decide to grow from seed, be sure to carefully ready the instructions the plant came with. Different flowers require different types of soil, care, and sun amount.
Step 4: Care
After planting ANYTHING, you should always water immediately. Do so according to the packet instructions. Care for your plants according to the instructions. Some plants may need specific food, others may not.
Step 5: Mulch
For MOST plants, mulching is a great idea. This prevents most weeds from forming, but most importantly, will keep the soil nice and moist so you don't have to water as often!
Other Important Information:
Knowing how to plant flowers is important, especially if you want to have a beautiful garden. Fortunately, it's easy, and once you do it, you'll have this knowledge forever!
Be sure to always plant after the last frost date. Depending on the flower you're planting, most plants will need to be planted once the soil has warmed, or after the last frost date. There are some flowers, however, that will need to be planted before the last frost date.
Think about how you want your garden to look! Raised garden beds, for example, make for easy upkeep and can also keep out pets. Head to your local garden center to pick up some materials and build your own garden bed.
Your garden design can last a long time, so be sure you decide to go with a design you'll actually like. If you live in a small space, consider hanging baskets or even window boxes.
Be sure to always have your flower bed in a sunny spot. When it's time to plant, make sure you have all of your flower bulbs ready and that you read the instructions carefully.
We hope these garden tips will easily guide you through planting your first flower garden! Happy gardening!
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