So 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.
First, 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.
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!
Good 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.
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!
These are pretty drought tolerant, bees like them, and butterflies like them, plus they look good, so why wouldn’t you grow them?
Daisies are native to North America and are cold hardy, so why not give them a try? Read more about them here.
Daisies! 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.
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 […]
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