Are you starting your first garden? That’s great! A nice patch of garden flowers can be both soothing and stunning at the same time. Aside from choosing the actual garden layout and the materials you would need to plant the garden, you would need to choose your garden flowers carefully. Technically, you can plant away all you want.
This is your garden after all. However, a carefully structured area with complementing or contrasting layout of garden flowers can really get you that envy-inspiring patch of land… even if you only have a very limited space to work with. Here are some tips on how you can do that.
1. Work with the blooms that you see growing commonly in your area. Exotic flowers may be wonderful to look at, but these are very difficult to grow given any circumstances. Try to find out which of the native blooms you can actually plant on your patch of land, and start from there. Native flowering plants are the ones best suited to the kind of soil you already have and the type of climate in your area.
2. There are garden flowers that bloom year round and there are those that usually bloom at different times of the year. By combining the year round plants and the seasonal plants, you can almost be assured of a healthy flower garden at all times.
3. Work within a certain theme. This brings about a whole new dynamism to your patch of land. You can either have a native bloom garden; a one-color garden (e.g. white flowering plants only, or different shades of red blooms only); a contrasting garden (sharp contrasting colors when it comes to blooms); or a complementing garden (blooms are arranged according to the standard hues of the color wheel.)
The premise for starting a garden remains fundamentally the same. You get some gardening seeds, you plant them, you water them, you weed them and you let the plants grow on their own. If you are thinking that this sounds too suspiciously simple, then you may be right. Although there are some plants that need minimal care, there are ways wherein you can improve the seeds’ growing environment. And in so doing, you can also improve the plants’ development as well. Here are some tips.
1. It all starts with the health of the soil. The best type of soil is the one that is loosely compacted, moist and dark chocolate brown in color. Try to prepare the soil before you plant any seeds. Turn the soil using a shovel or spade, digging to about a 1½ feet deep. Remove any weeds or roots or pebbles that might appear, and keep turning the soil. If you want to use fertilizers (organic would be best), mix this in the turned soil 2 to 3 days before you plant the seeds. Water the soil to a consistency that is moist to the touch, but not dripping wet.
2. If you bought a packed envelope of seeds, make sure that you follow the directions on its label carefully. There are usually recommendations as to the amount of light that the plant should get, and its estimated “growing time.” If you bought gardening seeds from someone else, ask the vendors what the optimum conditions are for the plant to grow. Try to list these down and perform the recommendations faithfully.
3. One test for making sure that the seeds you plant will fruit is to simply soak them tap in water for 5 to 10 minutes. If the seeds float, it is very likely that these no longer contain the materials necessary for new life. You can throw these out. The ones that sink to the bottom of the container are the ones heavy enough to contain the budding plant matters.