How to Plant a Flower Garden.
You don't haveto be a master landscaper to create a garden full of beautiful blooms; you just need theseeasy-to-follow instructions.
You will need A soil test A landscaping plan Bulbs, smallplants, or seeds Gardening tools Fertilizer A garden party Mulch A soil test A landscapingplan Bulbs, small plants, or seeds Gardening tools Fertilizer A garden party and mulch.
Test your soil to find out what nutrients it needs.
Garden centers often sell do-it-yourselfkits, or you can arrange a test through the Cooperative Extension System, a national agriculturalnetwork.
Find a nearby Extension office on the USDA web site.
Choose your flowersbased on which varieties will do well in your climate, and whether you want annuals, whichlive for a year, perennials, which bloom for several years, or a combination.
Also, considerwhether you can handle high-maintenance flowers, like roses, or prefer less labor-intensiveones.
Alliums, bearded irises, daffodils, daylilies, impatiens, marigolds, nasturtiums,poppies, and zinnias are among the easiest flowers to grow.
Decide between plantingbulbs or small plants, or growing flowers from seeds.
Seeds require more work, but areless expensive.
Seeds offer more options because you can order just about any flower you wantfrom a seed catalog.
Plan your design, including placement and colors.
Position smallerflowers in front of the larger ones.
Make sure to place blooms that require a lot oflight in a sunny spot.
Prepare the soil by digging out grass and weeds with aspading fork, raking away rocks and debris, and then breaking up the soil with a rototiller,shovel, or hand trowel.
Next, work in any nutrients your soil needs with a hoe.
Finishby raking the land into a smooth surface.
Plant your seeds or bulbs accordingto the package directions, and then water the area.
If you add mulch – a protectivecovering around plants such as sawdust or compost – wait until the flowers are a fewinches tall.
Don't overmulch: An inch should suffice.
Add an extended-release fertilizer.
Use your soil test as a guide for which fertilizer to use.
Water your flower beds wheneverthe surface soil begins to dry.
Giving them a good soaking a couple of times a week isbetter than daily light watering.
Have a garden party to show off your blooms.
Did you know It's easier to revive a plant that's been under-watered than to save onethat's gotten too much water.