The New Flower Garden

20190825_094808So last fall we ripped out some evergreen bushes were the new flower garden currently is. In this post I’m going to tell you how to design and plant your own.

20190823_185249First, choose an area. It needs to get as much sun as possible. Clear the area of any weeds, rocks, or bushes. We cleared the bushes ourselves, then let the chickens take care of the weeds. We then planted flowers (all annuals for maximum color) then put down cocoa mulch 2 or so inches deep. This is important for keeping weeds down until the flowers fill in the garden, and it also keeps the ground moist.

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This is just ONE plant!

Just so you know, I have not fertilized at all, not counting the chicken manure from when they were weeding it. And it is still the most amazing flower garden I have ever seen!

20190825_094814.jpgGood flowers I recommend planting:

Petunias, both the spreading kind and the regular kind.

Zinnias. Add lots of these for plenty of color.

Coleus. These fill space and are very colorful.

Cosmos. These are great for the middle of your flower garden.

Thanks for reading!

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3 Flowers That Attract More Bees and Butterflies

20190731_1346141: Butterfly Bush

This one should be obvious, but it’s still a good one for the list. Bees and butterflies both enjoy this plant. It’s very easy to grow, just give it 8+ hours of sun a day. It’s only rated for zone 5 winters, but one of my plants survived a very harsh zone 4 winter. So give them plenty of mulch and they may just make it!

20190731_1345492: Coneflowers 

These are pretty drought tolerant, bees like them, and butterflies like them, plus they look good, so why wouldn’t you grow them?

20190727_154726.jpg3: Daisies 

Daisies are native to North America and are cold hardy, so why not give them a try? Read more about them here.

Flower of the Month – July 2019

20190729_095230Daisies! I chose this flower since they grew and spread this year a lot! Their flowers are also spectacular as you can see from the above photo. If you don’t already grow this plant, I hope you consider getting some. They support butterflies, and bees, and are a native plant to North America. I recommend checking out your local garden center or nursery for plants.

Thanks for reading!

Growing Guide: Sunflowers — Gardening for America

Here’s the first of many growing guides to come: Sunflower Overview Sunflowers are great plants that are very easy to grow, heat tolerant, and are awesome as cut flowers. Planting Process Direct sow the seeds in warm soil, in a very sunny spot. Don’t plant them indoors, and then transplant, because they don’t like the […]

via Growing Guide: Sunflowers — Gardening for America

Flower of the Month- May 2019

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Tulips! I chose these because of their hardiness, and because of their fantastic blooms! I hope you have the opportunity to grow them, because they bloom so early in the year.

I currently have around 20 plants, and they make more every year, so I bet I’ll have 25 or so next year.

Don’t forget to like this post- it helps get it more widespread. Thanks!

Back to Posting! (Garden Update)

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I haven’t posted in almost a month so I thought I’d update you on some of the things growing around here.

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We’ve had lot’s of tulips and daffodils bloom this month! This is my first year having daffodils, so it’s exciting! We also added several pink tulips last fall.

In two of the above photos, you can see the Red, White, and Blue planters I made for Memorial Day, and Independence Day. They’re turning out terrific so far!

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The main Wild Geranium plant

Read about the Wild Geranium here.

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The blueberry bushes are blooming

The apple trees are blooming, and I’m hoping wasps don’t destroy all of our apples again this year.

I need post ideas! If you have an idea, I’d love to hear it!

Thanks for reading!

Garden Update – Perennials and Garlic

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This garlic plant is doing quite well.

Garden Updates are back for the summer!

Vegetable Garden

The garlic has sprouted and is doing pretty good. I haven’t noticed any Oregano sprouting yet though, and I hope I didn’t lose it this winter.

Perennials

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These irises look good!
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The wild geranium has just popped up

Irises, chives, daisies, and the wild geranium have all come up.

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The tulips are doing great, also.

Seedlings

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This flat is lettuce, cabbage, and flowers of various sorts.

I started more seedlings than ever this year and most are doing great.

I started two varieties of lettuce, one kind of cabbage, zinnias, cosmos, gazanias, marigolds, and five varieties of tomatoes.

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Thanks for reading and be sure to like, comment, and follow, if you haven’t done so already.

Next post: Photo Contest Winner!

 

Photo Contest – it’s Voting Time!

Thank you to everyone who entered a photo this year. Vote in the comments for your favorite one up until May 1st. Only one vote per person please!

You may vote for your own photo.

 

 

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Photo Number 1. If you want to vote for this photo comment: 1.
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Photo Number 2. If you vote for it comment: 2.
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Photo Number 3. Comment 3 if you would like to vote for it.

Thanks again everyone who entered, and thank you to all you who plan on voting! Just remember to vote before May 1st.

 

 

Photo Contest!

Today and tomorrow are the last days to enter your photos! If you enter you have a high chance of winning since there are no entries yet. If nobody enters by the end of tomorrow, I will have to cancel the photo contest! Please enter your photos SOON to prevent me from having to cancel the contest. Click on the post to learn the contest details.
Thank you!

Gardening for America

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To celebrate spring and 36 followers, I’m doing a photo contest!

This is how it works: email your best image of a flower or flowers to maplehillfarmchannel@gmail.com with the subject line Flower photo contest.

Only one entry please!

I will then post all the photos I receive in a blog post and readers will be able to vote on them.
To enter, follow the blog if you haven’t already, like this post, and email your entry.

All entries are due by April 16th.

Once the voting is shut down, on May 1st I will post the winning photo. The winner will get a shout-out also.

If these instructions aren’t clear, just ask me your question in the comments and I will be happy to respond!

Happy gardening!

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