How to Plant a Flower Garden. You don’t have to be a master landscaper to
create a garden full of beautiful blooms; you just need these easy-to-follow instructions. You will need A soil test A landscaping plan
Bulbs, small plants, or seeds Gardening tools Fertilizer A garden party Mulch A soil test
A landscaping plan Bulbs, small plants, or seeds Gardening tools Fertilizer A garden
party and mulch. Step 1. Test your soil to find out what nutrients
it needs. Garden centers often sell do-it-yourself kits,
or you can arrange a test through the Cooperative Extension System, a national agricultural
network. Find a nearby Extension office on the USDA
web site. Step 2. Choose your flowers based on which varieties
will do well in your climate, and whether you want annuals, which live for a year, perennials,
which bloom for several years, or a combination. Also, consider whether you can handle high-maintenance
flowers, like roses, or prefer less labor-intensive ones. Alliums, bearded irises, daffodils, daylilies,
impatiens, marigolds, nasturtiums, poppies, and zinnias are among the easiest flowers
to grow. Step 3. Decide between planting bulbs or small plants,
or growing flowers from seeds. Seeds require more work, but are less expensive. Seeds offer more options because you can order
just about any flower you want from a seed catalog. Step 4. Plan your design, including placement and
colors. Position smaller flowers in front of the larger
ones. Make sure to place blooms that require a lot
of light in a sunny spot. Step 5. Prepare the soil by digging out grass and
weeds with a spading fork, raking away rocks and debris, and then breaking up the soil
with a rototiller, shovel, or hand trowel. Next, work in any nutrients your soil needs
with a hoe. Finish by raking the land into a smooth surface. Step 6. Plant your seeds or bulbs according to the
package directions, and then water the area. If you add mulch – a protective covering
around plants such as sawdust or compost – wait until the flowers are a few inches tall. Don’t overmulch: An inch should suffice. Step 7. Add an extended-release fertilizer. Use your soil test as a guide for which fertilizer
to use. Step 8. Water your flower beds whenever the surface
soil begins to dry. Giving them a good soaking a couple of times
a week is better than daily light watering. Step 9. Have a garden party to show off your blooms. Did you know It’s easier to revive a plant
that’s been under-watered than to save one that’s gotten too much water.