I love both flowering plants and cut flowers – seeing them in the garden or in a vase in the house makes my little heart patter in a very good way.
This is how I prepare & plant a flower bed in the spring to ensure a non-stop riot of color all summer long.
Below, I layout the steps I take to preparing and planting a bed. And, be sure to check out the video How To Prepare And Plant A Flower Bed.
Step 1: Planning
I plan out how many plants I will need according to how wide each one grows. Because I am planting annuals in these beds, they will grow fast.
Step 2: Removing, Dividing & Pruning
The unwanted perennials, annuals from the previous season & weeds get removed.
Perennials to remain get divided & moved to other beds. The remaining perennials & roses get pruned & cleaned up.
Step 3: Soil Prep
The soil gets turned over & then smoothed out to fill in the spaces were plants have been dug out. When planting annuals, I don’t get too crazy with the digging because they don’t root too deep.
Step 4: Plants Are Laid Out
The plants are laid out. I like to plant in blocks of color - it’s more restful on the eyes. The walkway bed is done in shades of pink & rose while the fairy bed is done in reds. Both are accented & tied together with accents of blue lobelia.
Step 5: Planting
Holes are dug & the planting begins. I believe in enriching the soil with composts only but when it comes to annuals, I use fertilizer too. The blend we use is 2 parts rose & flower food, 1 part alfalfa meal & 1 part composted chicken manure - all organic of course. We use a tablespoon or 2 per plant depending on the root size.
Step 6: Composting & Adjusting Irrigation Tubes
The soil is smoothed out again & the drip irrigation tubes adjusted if necessary.
2” of compost is spread on top. This is a natural way to feed plants & conserve moisture. In this garden, it also hides the irrigation tubes.
Step 7: Watering
Be sure to water the plants well after planting them.
The growing begins & a colorful masterpiece will evolve.
Flower beds require a little extra prep and care but it's well worth it. Who doesn't want to add a little color to their summer world?
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