When planting flowers, it is best to begin early. For good results, make sure the soil is well-drained. If possible, use a mulching hedge to reduce the weed problem that comes with a late start.
Early planting will also improve the appearance of the garden. The early season sun will be bright and warm. This is an ideal time for blooming plants that don’t do well in winter. New foliage flowers, such as daffodils, love this season of warmth.
One way to give plants a head start is to plant them in a container. You can place flowers that will bloom in the fall into a container. If you plant in a container during the spring, the plants can take advantage of the hot weather and bloom in the summer months.
Make sure to leave enough room in your garden area for the leaves to grow out and spread their leaves. Never plant plants where they will get water runoff. Place the flowers on raised beds, away from any shrubs.
Planting early also allows you to pick, or “weed”, the best blooms before they begin to wilt. For better results, choose flowers that are self-pollinating. You can also plant flowers that bloom in the early spring. With a little patience, this blooming period is usually ten to twelve weeks. As soon as the flowers begin to bloom, plant them in late spring.
Try to have your flower planting in the spring and summer frame, because late-blooming plants may take months to germinate and may not flower at all. This can be avoided by planting late bloomers in the spring or summer.
Spring planting is also a good time to start biennials. These are plants that bloom only once every year. Flower seeds that bloom twice can be planted the following year, but these will be old flowers.
For sure, you want to put your bulbs and annuals in the garden. Most people plant these types of plants in the early spring. The best time to plant bulbs is in the spring, usually before the first frost.
Late frosts kill many bulbs. Plant them in early spring when the soil is dry. In winter, most bulbs are very hardy. As soon as they are planted, dig them up and remove the hardening core.
We like to start our winter gardens in late spring. They can either be in the garden itself, or along the fence line. There are plants that require a bit more water than others.
When water plants, we have to be careful of their growth. Cut back branches that are not gaining in height. In spring, prune shrubs back, especially if you see that they are going to grow taller than you do.