Weeds, mud, frogs, and all sorts of unwanted pesky things bothering your yard might be one of many reasons why you might want to start your own flower garden. After all, if you’re going to keep a kind of vegetation in your yard, it might as well be a flower garden than a swamp, right? You think it would be best to start from scratch. That’s a pretty good intention, I admit. For that, I commend you right away. Gardening is a noble hobby. And it seems that you’re reading the right article. You’re grasping for some tips on how to start your own flower garden, and here they are.
Visualizing is good.
You’ll have a hard time deciding how to start if you don’t visualize first. Put all of the factors and variables that could possibly affect your garden. This includes your schedule, availability and the kind of garden that you want. If you’re professional life demands lots and lots of hours away from, I suggest that you start off with the perennial kind of flowers. These types of flowers require not much when it comes to maintenance. You plant them once, and they’re presence can be cherished throughout the whole year. But if you visualize a very colorful garden, you might want to plant annual type of flowers; they will require more attention, and more watering.
Choose a spot for your flower bed.
Pick a spot of soil that’s level. A little bit of sloping is alright, as long as your flower garden will receive the sunlight it needs. (Your flowers should enjoy at least half a day’s worth of sunlight.) But remember, never let your flowers face more than it can handle. Sunlight is good, but too much of it will not be beneficiary.
Make sure you’re properly equipped.
Don’t get too excited about rakes, spades, shovels, and hoes. Remember that, in this scenario, you’re a gardener, not a farmer. Basically, you only need three things: a trowel, which is a small shovel, a hand cultivator, which is like a little three-pronged fork-like rake, and your bare hands (gardening gloves are desirable.)
Get rid of weeds, rocks, bones, garbage… anything that doesn’t belong in the soil of a flower bed. Now, there’s no easy way through this, especially with weeding. For the quickest and most efficient way, get down and pluck them out yourself. You should be very thorough. Don’t be afraid of getting dirt under your nails; part of developing a green thumb is having it covered in soil most of the time.
Most likely, it’ll be your first time starting a flower garden. In this case, just start small with a flower bed with its width no more than the span between your two hands outstretched to your sides. The length of it should be around twice than that. A flower bed that’s any wider than this may present some difficulties for the beginner gardener.
Begin planting your seeds.
Once you’ve planted, do not be too impatient by asking questions like, “When will they come out?” Instead of these passive responses, do something useful by regularly watering them. This routine could be tricky, because there’s always the possibility of overwatering your flowers. One way to find out whether you should water is by simply dipping your bare finger into the soil. If you feel that the soil is dry all the way down there, you need to water. But if it feels moist, regardless of what it looks like on the surface, you don’t have to water it.
The most important part, I believe, is having fun. Give it some weeks, or even a few months, and you’ll definitely enjoy the fruit of your labor. It’s a nice view and it adds a LOT of beauty points to your yard. You’ll be the talk of your neighborhood, and their praise will be with you. It’s a good impression for your visitors. They’ll know how hard-working you are, since after all, gardening is no joke. It’s a noble hobby and it requires skill. So go at it with these tips and have fun!