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Flower gardening has become a hobby for many—young and old. Are you interested in joining this growing group of enthusiasts and cultivating your green thumb?
Here are a few tips for starting a flower garden:
- Experiment with a potted garden. If you aren’t ready to tear up a patch of lawn, this is a good way to go. They do require more watering but less care overall.
- Start seeds inside and set in a sunny window. When the weather is nicer, move those plants outside. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and follow the instructions on the seed package for proper germination of the seedling.
- If you’re in a warmer climate, get out the trowel and garden gloves and turn over some new soil now. Sow some new seeds, bulbs, or plants.
- Select plants that grow well in your spot. Some plants grow well in the shade, others prefer the sun, or several love both!
- Get to know your neighbor gardeners! Gardeners who prefer perennial gardens have to thin their flower beds every couple of years. They will often share the extra bulbs and seeds with those who are new to gardening. You might get some free plants, advice, and a budding friendship!
- Visit a local greenhouse, which is certain to stock plants that grow well in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions.
Check out this USDA site to identify the zone that you live in so you can determine which flowers grow as perennials (those that grow back every year) in your area and which are considered annuals (those that require planting every year).