Gardening 101: How to plant and maintain a cut-flower garden
Planting: • Choose an area that has plenty of sun and does not receive heavy foot traffic. • Make sure soil is well-drained and amended (Joan uses Possum’s Flower Bed Conditioner). • Water soil before sowing seeds. • Lightly mist soil with water after sowing and ensure soil remains moist for germination. Maintaining: • Stake flowers if they begin to bend. • Divide perennials every few years to encourage vigorous blooms. • Many flowers are self-sowing, but don’t forget to harvest seed for next year. • Store seeds in a cool, dry area; label with the name and date of collection. • Prevent powdery mildew by thinning some flowers out to allow better air flow. • Stagger your plantings so you have fresh flowers all season long. • Prune regularly to prevent insect infestation and encourage new growth.