I’m a firm believer that growing your own food is one of the best ways to provide healthy, quality food. I also believe that flowers have their place in the garden and growing the two in the same space can be beneficial.
The flowers welcome the bees for that sweet nectar; I’ve found they show up sooner than expected when I grow flowers.
A couple years ago I added a small rose bed to my garden; I was amazed at the honey bee activity in early spring through late fall.
This was wonderful because when my green plants began growing the bees had reason to stay and were very busy pollinating everything. They found the garden to be a wonderful place to spend a lot of their time.
Gathering seeds to plant
When I’m planting cut flowers I start by seed in a raised bed. I like to make sure I have a nice variety of color and different heights. In this space I plan on keeping things pretty simple so I’m going to include favorites like larkspur, tall and short marigolds, zinnias, and snow on the mountain. I planted the taller flower seeds towards the barrel and scaled down in size as I moved forward to the rocks. Most seed packets have the predicted height each flower you’re growing. This information is helpful for planning where seeds will go.
Planting by Seed
Once the seeds are in the ground I like to cover the top of the bed with fine mulch. This is much easier to do now instead of after everything is blooming.We’re getting ready to head into the 90 plus degrees here, mulch is a real help for holding in the moisture to help with the germination process.
If you’re planting in early spring you can add the mulch later. I decided to do a second planting so I have more cut flowers to enjoy through fall.
Why Flowers in the Garden?
I can’t imagine working in the garden and not seeing or hearing the sweet sound of working honey bees. I’m blessed every year by their presence; giving them a reason to show up is a gift.
If the space I planted today produces like I hope it will then I’ll be enjoying some beautiful color and cut flowers by August or September.