Nothing beats having fresh flowers throughout your house. Grocery store bouquets get quite expensive after awhile and should maybe be saved for the winter months. It’s very easy to have your own cutting garden where you can grow and harvest beautiful flowers all summer.
How to Plant a Cutting Garden
Find a full sun position in your garden. Most cutting flowers require 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day.
Use a nutrient rich, well draining soil that is well dug. A tip is to dig in compost each fall then your bed will be ready for spring.
Plant your flowers in short rows for easier weeding and staking.
Stake the tall flowers early in their growth so they don’t collapse. As your plant grows simply add ties to the stake as you go. Tomato cages work well for bushier types.
Place tallest plants on the North side of your bed so they don’t shade the shorter varieties.
Weed and water regularly.
How to Harvest your Flowers
Pick flowers in the early morning.
Take a tall bucket of cold water with you out into the flower patch.
Re-cut the stems just before placing them in the vase using clean snips.
Change the water every other day.
Keep your fresh flower arrangement out of the direct sun.
Excellent Cut Flowers to Grow
Calendula ( light yellow to bright orange with sturdy stems and 3 inch blooms )
Cosmos ( can be very tall, several feet, grows well even in poor soil. Attracts butterflies into your garden )
Black-eyed Susan (a perennial which when cut encourages new blooms, also deer resistant )
Snapdragon ( an annual growing form 8 inches to 3 feet tall depending on variety. Comes in a multitude of colors )
Echinacea (a 3 foot perennial which attracts butterflies, somewhat drought tolerant )
Salvia ( Large clumping perennial with blue-violet blooms, the bees love it )
Coreopsis ( bright yellow blooms, drought tolerant and blooms staight through the fall. Dead head for successive flowering )
Verbenna bonarrensis ( tall flowers on a stiff coarse stem. Pinch the first shoots in spring to encourage branching and more blooms )
Dahlias ( a multitude of sizes, forms and colors )
Cleome ( a tall annual often grown from seed )
Zinnias ( sturdy stems topped with brightly colored blooms )
Sunflowers (a favorite of many, short to tall and many new cultivars to try )
Daisies ( an old fashioned cottage flower, pick for repeat blooming )
Love-in-a-mist ( best grown directly be seed, will self seed for future years )
Babies Breath ( needs a fair amount of room and is perfect as a filler in arrangements )
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