Green thumbs unite – How to prepare and plant a flower bed properly

If you’re not much of a green thumb when it comes to gardening, don’t worry there are simple steps to help you plant this spring, so your garden will be the envy of all of your neighbours.

Planting a flower bed is far more than just popping a few flowers in the ground, for best results you need to prepare the soil, plan your bed and ensure you are planting the correct plants to suit your conditions and environment.

If you’re looking to add a bit of colour to your yard with some flowerbeds, stay tuned while we step through the basic steps of preparing and planting a flowerbed so that your garden shines this spring.

Tools and materials

  • Garden tools
  • Soil
  • Mulch
  • Water and hose

Step 1
Plan what you want in your garden bed

To get the best results, you need to plan, and there is no point jumping in feet first before you even know what you need to do and the space you have available. Focus on the temperature, the moisture, and the type of plants that suit.

Do you need natives, are you looking for flowers that can handle frost – run through all your plans and even sketch it up to make sure you are creating a flower bed that suits the space and allows plenty of room for plants to grow.

Step 2
Remove, divide and prune your plants

 

If you have any annuals or plants that exist in the garden bed, you can remove these or prune them back, so you have the space you need. Perennials can be divided and moves and cleaned up. Remember cutting back is a good thing and you should ensure you aren’t planting anything that needs heaps of room or the root systems will spread out far and wide.

Step 3 – Prepare your soil

 

Next, it’s time to prepare your soil and get it all smoothed out so that you can dig in your plants and flowers. Focus on the correct depth for your plants and the suggested spacing so you get this right and you are not putting plants too far or too close together.

Step 4
Lay out your plants on top of the soil

Just as you would before you choose your outfit for a big night out on the town, now is the time to check out your plants by laying them out and working out if they all tie together. Focus on the colours of the plants and also the shades to ensure your garden bed it pleasing to the eye and perfectly laid out.

Step 5
Get planting

After you have done all the other steps – now it’s time to start planting. Start by digging the holes for your plants and adding some compost to the bottom of the holes so that you enrich the soil. You would have laid out your plants already so take the time to plant them where you want and make sure you are spacing them out so that you don’t have a big bunch of flowers in random places and then a bare area somewhere else. Don’t rush this part, as you want to make sure everything is spaced properly for the best effect once your blooms start.

Step 6
Add irrigation tubes and get composting

Now is the time to add in your irrigation tubes, so your garden will flourish. The choice of how you set up your irrigation is yours but consider the plants you have chosen and whether they need to be watered a lot or if they are more native plants that are hardy. Set up your drip irrigation tubes and adjust them to get the system just right. You can also start adding your compost to the top of everything. The compost will help to feed the plants nutrients and it is also a great way to hide the tubes and keep everything nice and need in your flowerbed.

Step 7
Water your plants so they grow

Your plants won’t grow if they don’t get water, so it’s important especially in the early days of the flower garden to water them so they settle in and start to thrive. Adding a fair bit of water in the early few weeks will help to make your garden bed healthy and happy so that you get the blooms and flowers you’re looking for.

Now you’re done and you can sit back and enjoy your hard work. The process is similar for a wide range of plants whether you are planting herbs, flowers or trees. The key is to scope out your property and plant based on the ecological system and also the weather. If you live in tropical Queensland, there is no point planting for a cool climate with frost, likewise if you live in Melbourne and you need full and constant sun, you might need to find alternative options. The key is to look around your local area and suss out what others have planted successfully and focus on your specific environment and the attention you can provide to it on an ongoing basis.

Whether you are a green thumb or a newcomer to gardening, a small flowerbed is a great way to kick off your gardening. Create a colourful and creative natural masterpiece with your own DIY flower garden.

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