- Step 1: Become familiar with plants likely to do well Become familiar with plants likely to do well in your garden. A quick way to do this is to notice what your neighbors are growing.
- Step 2: Make a plan Plan the layout of your garden, allowing for adequate spacing between plants. Take into account the microclimates in your garden, sunlight availability, and soil conditions.
- TIP: Opt for plants that complement their surroundings. Choose heights, colors, and varieties that match your home and landscape.
- Step 3: Prepare the soil Prepare the soil in your garden. Add organic matter to it and, if necessary, amend it so it has the right pH for the plants you intend to grow.
- TIP: Do-it-yourself soil pH test kits are available at most gardening stores.
- Step 4: Plant on cool or cloudy days Plant on cool or cloudy days. This minimizes the stress of transplanting experienced by the plants.
- Step 5: Grow a variety of flowers Grow a variety of flowers so that something will be in bloom throughout the growing season. And don't forget to stop and smell the flowers when they bloom!
- FACT: Carnations are one of the best-selling cut flowers around the world.
You Will Need
- Layout plan
- Conditioned soil
- Cool or cloudy days
- Variety of flowers
- Complementary designs (optional)