Most houses come with some type of flower bed that is usually attached to the house or close the house in the front or backyard. Some of them even have plants, bushes and flowers in them.
Just because most beds are close the house or another building, there is absolutely no reason that you can’t put a garden right smack in the middle of your yard, in a corner, or just about anywhere that you want it to be.
If the ground is hard and difficult to dig, you might want to consider a raised garden. That is what I’ll be doing on my rock-infested land.
Decide on the shape and size of your flower garden
When it comes to gardening flowers, the wider the better. The shape of the garden is totally up to you. I love curved beds; however, straight lines also have appeal. You can use a string to line out the shape of the garden, or you can do it the simple way by using your water hose to mark the outsides of the bed.
Step back and get a picture in your head before you start to dig. Will the chosen shape and size work for you? If not, start over. There is little worse than getting it wrong from the beginning.
Using a simple shovel you can dig around the outline to mark the location of your future treasure. Then you will begin to dig up the grass. Rake as much of the grass away without taking too much of the soil. Grass left in flower beds can be troublesome.
Add Soil Amendments
Soil supplements such as leaf compost, peat moss, manure, and sometimes sand are commonly used to improve the soil in flower gardens. It is gives it a little fertility as well improving the drainage of the garden. It is a good time to test the soil to find out what additives are needed.
Turn over the soil
While mixing in the amendments, you will actually turn the soil over making a nice home for your flowers, bushes and plants. You might rake a little to make sure that the soil is spread evenly throughout your new bed.
Now you are ready for the flower garden design stage.
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