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 very beneficial.
The flowers welcome the bees for that sweet nectar; I’ve found they show up sooner than expected when I grow flowers in the garden.
A couple years ago I added a small rose bed and I was amazed at the honey bee activity in early spring through late fall.
This is really pretty wonderful because when my green plants began growing the bees have another reason to stick around and they stay pretty 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 there’s a nice variety of color and different heights so things can grow without over crowding.
In this space I plan keeping things pretty simple. I’m going to include favorites like larkspur, tall and short marigolds, zinnias, and snow on the mountain.
Tall growing floral seeds were planted towards the barrel and then I scaled down the height while moving forward to the rocks. Most seed packets have the predicted height each flower you’re growing so be sure to read that information prior to planting as it can be extremely helpful.
Planting by Seed
Once the seeds are in the ground and covered with soil lightly water.
After germination and the plants reach their second set of leafs then cover the top of the bed with fine mulch; this is much easier to do when the plants are small.
We’re getting ready to head towards 90 plus degrees, which means mulch is a real help for holding moisture to keep the soil moist.
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 when they show up they work without bothering me and it’s just pretty fantastic.
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.