Growing Flowers: Getting Started!

 

Looking to fill your warm and sunny months with flowers? Considering growing your own flowers to add color and depth to your yard and home? Well, you’ve come to the right place if you’re ready to get serious about your flower planting power. Before you start digging, let’s talk about a few critical pieces of information that need to be addressed before you get started. Firstly, we need to finalize what we have to work with, secondly what are your flower growing limitations, and lastly how much of your life do you want to dedicate to this adventure? By answering these questions, you’re much more likely to have a successful and enjoyable journey tinkering and toying in your new colorful and abundant flowery gardens.

What kind of area do you have to work with?

From filling a few porch pots with a delightful mix of sweet peas and hydrangeas, to growing acres of flowers, its important to decide how much ground you want to set aside and work with.

When deciding what type of area you’re going to plant in, consider the amount of sunlight and shade the area receives. You’re going to want to pick a spot that receives at least six to seven hours of sunlight a day. Is your house on the shady part of the street? And when I say shady, I mean void of sunlight. If you answered yes, well that’s ok too. There are plenty of leafy little guys that prefer the shady conditions, just consider the amount of sunlight or lack thereof, when you’re deciding what to plant.

You’re going to want to whip out the ‘ol tool belt to locate the tape measure in order to procure accurate measurements of how much ground you have to work with. After measuring your potential flower beds, consider taking pencil to paper and creating a map of the area you measured. Take your map with you when you go to order your seeds. A map will help you remember the exact measurements of the actual space you have to work with.

Where do you live? What is the length of your growing season?

Answering these questions will help you decide what kind of flowers can grow and thrive in your environment. For example, the growing season in Salt Lake City, Utah begins around April 22 and usually lasts through late October. With a growing season averaging about six months flowers many different types of flowers tend to do quite well.

Considering when your regions cold season ends and will return, will help you make the right gardening decisions when it comes to what types of flowers to plant and when.

How much of your life are you willing to give?

This may be a difficult question to answer especially since people have the tendency to begin with an enthusiastic zest only to see that enthusiasm fade overtime, and coming to terms that you may have overcommitted. Therefore, be realistic to the time you can actually commit to this project. Consider other commitments you have such a job, taking care of little ones or other hobbies. No one wants to end up crying in a weed filled field because you can’t keep up with it all. This should be a pleasurable and positive experience. With that in mind, start a little smaller while you’re exploring this new found love and grow from there. Happy planting!