Convincing your kids to spend more time outside is much easier if the garden is full of colourful, blossoming flowers and plenty for them to do. Plus, starting a beautiful flower garden is just another lovely outdoor activity that you can all enjoy together. The question is, where do you begin? Follow this easy step-by-step guide.
Choose the perfect planting site
Find a small portion of ground inside your garden in which you would like to plant your flowers. Take note of the conditions surrounding your chosen site – how much sunshine does it get throughout the day? Is the soil in good condition? How much moisture is the ground exposed to in general?
Choose your flowers
Once you know your site, you can start choosing which flowers to plant there. Remember, some flowers fare better with lots of sunshine, while others thrive in the shade. It is also vital that you keep your area’s frost cycle in mind when deciding what to plant as most flowers won’t survive the winter temperatures.
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Other wonderful options include:
Now for the fun bit. The first step is to ensure that your soil is properly prepared. Get your kids to help you dig out any existing grass using a spade. Once it has all been removed, you can move on to tilling the soil. It should be crumbly and loose before you can start planting your flowers. Ask the children to assist in the removal of any rocks and stones, and break up dirt clods using the spade once again. Enrich the soil with some compost or damp leaves and, just before you start digging little holes in the soil, work together to gently pat down the top layer to ensure a level surface.
You can then proceed to dig holes for the flowers and place them all snugly inside the soil. Make sure that all of the roots are sufficiently covered with dirt before patting the soil down around the plant once again. Let the kids give the fresh flowers a decent watering and admire the great work that they have done. It is recommended to water the flowers at least every second day the first week after planting them. After that, follow the instructions based on the species of flower and its unique requirements.
Be sure to give a water top-up on those particularly warm summer days if you notice any of the flowers starting to wilt.
Planting a flower garden is very easy to do, and it is a great outdoor activity that the whole family is bound to enjoy. Now you all have an excuse to spend extra time outside soaking up the balmy summer sunshine. You’re welcome!