More Flowers in the Garden

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

When preparing to plant, it’s important to make sure the soil is nice and moist ahead of time. I use a hand hoe and separate the soil by making open rows about 2 inches deep, then I add the seeds.
I don’t get too concerned with spacing because I want this to look lush and full once it starts growing.

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?

By adding flowers you welcome those beautiful honey bees and normally all the other ones will also follow so be prepared, especially if you’re fearful of bunbles and yellow jackets and even wasps.

 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.

6 comments

  1. Hi Carole, popped over to check out your Quail Coop, looks pretty cool! I have tall Marigolds planted with my tomatoes and they do add welcoming color and bees! I also planted Daisy's but they have not germinated well. I may get a few, we'll see. I also planted basil in another bed with tomatoes and they have grown 3'-4' tall and smell so good! I let them flower cuz we don't eat much of it. They have pretty little white flowers. I have a pot of chocolate mint, it's delicious in tea! I love to rub my fingers in it just to smell, yum! Your cucumbers look great and I really like your lady bug tires!
    Cindy@GlassSlipperRestorations

    1. Nice! I'm making pesto with some of my basil today. I can freeze it and have it through the winter. Love it with pasta it's a quick meal on those days when I don't really feel like cooking. Garden is doing pretty great and those Lady bug tires should have tall marigolds sprouting soon. Thanks for sharing – Carole

  2. Jenny says:

    Be careful – flowers are addictive! I grow many more flowers than food now. I grow my food in my flower beds. :o)

    1. I was once a florist and have always had a passion for floral beauty. Thankfully I don't have as many hours in the day so I have to keep things pretty focused when it comes to growing. Love the mix of the two and as my Grandmother got older she too added food in her flower beds. – Thanks for sharing! -Carole

  3. We didn't think to do flowers the first few years we did a garden (except marigolds for the maters) I love the idea of incorporating them in for a splash of color and for bees too. Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday! Hope to see you again next week! – Kristina

    1. Thanks Kristina – I'm excited too because I'm already seeing green from some of those seeds. -Carole

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