How To Grow the Best Flowers in The Neighborhood
It’s the goal of every dedicated gardener; to have the most the most perfect, most beautiful flowers in town.
However, that goal can sometimes elude you when you start thinking about Square Foot
Some people garden to win awards at garden shows, and others just enjoy the beauty of a full
garden. Either way, here are some steps you can take to make sure your garden is the best it can be.
Pay attention to chemistry
The chemistry of the soil is one of the most critical factors to the success, or lack of success, in the home
garden. If the soil in your area is poor, chances are you will be unable to grow those beautiful blooms until
the soil has been amended to provide the nutrition the plants need.
One mistake many gardeners make is to assume that the soil chemistry will be the same all over their
property. It is important to have each part of your property you plan to use for flower growing tested,
especially if the areas are far apart. This can be particularly important if part of your property lies on a
downhill slope, or if it has been used for other purposes in the past.
It is also important to take into consideration such things as the slope of the land and the type of soil in your
area. A thorough soil analysis will give you a good baseline to go by and a great way to monitor the quality
of the land as your garden grows.
Know what your plants require
Chances are you already have some plants in mind for your new garden, and if so it is important to understand what
those plants need in order to thrive. While most common varieties of annuals, perennials and bulbs will grow
in a wide range of conditions, some other varieties can be a bit more demanding.
If you plan to grow roses in your garden, for instance, it is a good idea to know the pH level of your soil, and
amend it if necessary. Most roses are acid loving plants, and therefore they may not grow properly in soil
that is very alkaline. The good news is that alkaline soil can often be brought into balance by adding a good
quality humus and working it through the soil. If the humus alone is not sufficient, the addition of sulfur
to the soil can often help turn the soil more acidic.
Watch the nutrition
The nutrients contained within the soil are also vital to the success of your garden. For instance, if the
levels of phosphorus, nitrogen and other organic matter is not high enough, your plants may not get the nutrition
they need to grow and bloom. Nutrients can be added to poor soil through the use of humus, or by using a
good, high quality organic fertilizer.
However, now you can see why soil chemistry is such an important first step toward growing the perfect
garden. Growing the best flowers in town is a worthy goal. Be sure your soil is up to the task.
I bet you thought it was all about the water, didn’t you. . .