Love flowers? Start a cutting garden! This way, you can enjoy fresh bouquets without stripping your front flower beds bare.
Find a sunny spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day. This ensures optimum flower production for your cutting garden.
Good, deeply dug, fertile soil is key. Jazz it up with compost or aged manure, but go easy on the fertilizer to encourage blooming.
Plant your garden in rows or blocks for ease of picking and maintenance. Support the stems with wide mesh nylon netting for better cutting.
Cut your flowers when they are about 1/2 to 3/4 open. Regular picking encourages more blossoms to form.
From ageratum to zinnias, there are hundreds of flowers perfect for your cutting garden. Look for annuals with long strong stems and long-lasting flowers.
Start your cutting garden this spring and soon you'll have armloads of flowers to brighten your home and share with friends!