Sunday, December 20, 2009

An Introduction To Flower Gardening

By: John Green

Flower gardening is becoming more and more popular every day. Flowers can brighten everyone's day, they smell nice, and are a great hobby. Flower gardening is simple, inexpensive, and loads of fun.

Before you begin to plant your garden, familiarize yourself with different type of flowers. Decide if you want to plant annuals (those flowers which live for one season and must be replanted every year) or perennials (those flower which survive the winter and return each season). You'll also need to observe the existing conditions of your property. Is it sunny, shady or somewhere in between. When selecting your flowers pay attention to what kind of flowers thrive in your climate as well as the sun requirements.

When flower gardening, you must decide what type of look you want before planting. Mixing different heights, colors, and varieties of flowers together in a will give your garden a meadow look and can be very charming. After you have prepared your garden area and bought flowers, it is a good idea to lay the flowers out in the bed to make sure you like the arrangement and that they will be spaced properly. Plant your garden so that short flowers are planted in the front of the taller flowers in the back.

To plant your flowers dig a hole just bigger than the flower pot, pull the pot off, and set the flower in the hole. Cover it with the loose soil and press down firmly, then water.

Maintaining a flower garden is even easier than planting one. Although they might make it on their own, a bag of fertilizer applied in the early spring is a good idea. During the growing season pinch back, or deadhead, any blooms after they start to fade. Deadheading encourages flower to continue to produce blooms. Flower gardens also need to be watered, particularly during hot dry spells. To save yourself work during the next season of flower gardening, rid your garden of all debris and spread out organic nutrients like peat moss or compost. Don't forget to turn over the soil to properly mix the fertilizer and soil conditioners into the garden. Be sure to rake the garden smooth when finished. If you have perennials planted be careful not to disturb their roots in this process.

With thoughtful planning, proper planting and diligent maintenance, your flower garden will offer colorful blooms year after year.

Article Source: http://www.articlesnatch.com
About the Author:
John Green is the editor of GardenLeap, a garden magazine for garden enthusiasts.

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