Make A Cutting Garden
A garden dedicated solely for cutting can save your flower beds from being constantly mutilated by constant harvesting of blooms. It is also a more wallet-friendly way of having fresh flowers in the home than regularly buying from the florist. If you’re thinking of making one for your home, here are some steps to follow to help you start your own cutting garden.
1. Find a spot.
Most flowering plants require full sun exposure so find a spot in your garden that gets at least 6 hours of sun. If space is limited or if you have no backyard, then a sunny spot on the porch or balcony will do.
Your plan will depend on the spot you’ve chosen, but the general rule of thumb is you’d want to plant in rows. If you have more than one row, it’s best to have a path between them so it’s easier to move and harvest flowers. For potted plants, arranging them in rows is also recommended especially if the spot you’ve chosen is a large area. If you’re space won’t allow for rows, planting them in a flower bed is another option to consider. When planning a cutting bed with mixed plants, place the taller plants at the back and the shorter ones in the front so it’ll be easier to harvest flowers.
3. Select your flowers.
Once you’ve found a place for your plants, it’s time to choose what you’d actually be planting. A good rule to follow is to pick plants that have showy flowers such as garden-variety roses. Flowers with long stems, like the snapdragon and calla lily, are also good choices to plant because they’re much easier to work into an arrangement. Be sure to read up on what you plan to plant, so you’ll if it’ll suit your needs and know how to care for them.
4. Time to prep.
If you’re planting directly in the ground, you need to prep your soil. If you’re planting a mixed row, consider each plant’s soil, fertilizing and watering needs when prepping the soil. Check your soil’s acidity and add in some lime if needed. Till the soil until it becomes workable and add in what you need to make it work for your plant. Work in some compost too to make the soil rich in nutrients for your plants.
5. Buy your plants.
Buying plants in pots at the garden center is a better option than starting plants from seeds, unless of course the plants you wanted aren’t available. Potted plants are mature enough so you don’t have to wait for them to grow. You can just remove them from the pot and stick them in the ground. Select plants that are healthy and haven’t bloomed yet.
6. Planting time!
Remove the plants from their pot and lightly tease some roots free from the potting medium before putting it in the ground. Working some time-released fertilizer granules in the top part of the soil before planting will help ensure that your plants will have a consistent source of nutrition. As much as possible, group plants together that have similar watering, fertilizing and sun needs. Water and top off with mulch to help keep the moisture in the soil and keep weeds at bay.
7. Keep them blooming.
Be sure to water, cut and prune regularly to keep your plants blooming. Apply a liquid fertilizer mixed with water when needed to give your plants a nutrient boost. Do this in 2 to 3 week intervals. Remove plants that have wilted and replace with new ones when needed.