Growing flowers can add hours of enjoyment and pleasure to your life. Taking good care of flowers is easy to learn, but a beautiful garden takes special attention. Follow a few general rules and it will make your time in the garden productive. Flowers grow best with adequate attention, good soil, organic gardening practices, correct watering and control of pests and weeds. You can express your personality by choosing the flowers you love most.
Creating good soil for your flowers is the first step to a beautiful garden. Good growing soil is called "loam." It is dark in color and has a crumbly texture. If your soil is heavy and clay-like, add peat moss or leaf compost. If your soil is loose and sandy, add compost or potting soil. Mix with a shovel and rake the topsoil to a smooth finish.
Annuals such as zinnias and marigolds are one-season flowers and require more watering. Perennials such as African daisies and hydrangeas have deeper root systems and need less water. Roses like long soakings about once a week. Their root systems reach far under the ground. A good general rule is to water the garden two times a week. Let the soil dry out between watering and check for signs of wilting.
Weeds are unsightly and prevent good flower growth. They will not take hold in your flower garden if you practice two simple techniques. First, cultivate around your flowers with a hoe to disturb weed seeds before they get started. Second, mulch with a layer of composted leaves or wood chips. The mulch smothers weed growth. If weeds do begin to grow, you can easily pull them up while the soil is damp
Insects and bugs are a natural part of the garden, but some insects cause flower damage. Aphids, also called greenflies, are a common garden pest. Ladybugs are the natural predator of aphids. You can buy ladybugs through the mail or at your local garden center. Release them in your flower garden in the evening and they will easily establish themselves. Research other garden pests by taking an affected leaf or flower to the staff at a local nursery for specific advice.
Give the Garden Frequent Attention
Flower gardens flourish with constant attention. Walk frequently through your garden to enjoy it. Pick the flowers often to encourage more blooms. Pick off the wilted flowers. You may also notice small changes and needs. Often a flowering plant will show stress with wilting leaves, a sign that care is needed. The soil may have become too dry or too wet. There is no substitute for your love and care and appreciation of your flowers.