New Gardener? 2 Tips For Successfully Planting Your First Flower Garden

If you have decided that you would like to take a shot at planting a small flower garden in your yard or even cover your yard with beautiful rows of strategically placed flowers, yet don't have any gardening experience, then you may worry that those flowers you plant won't thrive. Don't worry, because when you follow a few tips for success, you don't have to have a natural "green thumb" to become a great flower gardener. 

For great success as a newbie gardener, follow these two tips for ensuring that all flowers you plant in your yard thrive. 

1. Use This Trick to Determine How Much Sun Your Flower Garden Will Get

Plants vary in sunlight requirements, as you may already know, but you may not know how to determine just how much sun that area of your yard gets where you plan to plant your first flowers. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to determine how much sun a specific area of your yard gets. To make this job easier, concentrate on one area of your yard at a time if you plan to plant flowers in multiple areas of your yard.

While one option is to monitor the area of your yard "the old-fashioned way," this technique takes a bit of time to master. To make it easier, purchase a garden light meter and stick it in the soil where you plan to place your first flowers. While there are various light meters on the market, a popular one simply changes color after being in place for 24 hours, and its final color can be matched to a chart that tells you just how much sun the area got that day. 

You can then know if your new flower garden gets "full sun," "part sun," "part shade," or "full shade," quickly and easily and then be sure to purchase plants that have sunlight needs that will be met in your garden. You can likely find a garden light meter at your local plant nursery. 

2. Plant Seedlings or Young Plants Instead of Seeds

While very experienced gardeners often grow plants and flowers from seeds, the process of germinating seeds and helping them grow into seedlings has a steep learning curve. Extra equipment and supplies are also needed to germinate seeds, such as seed starter soil, pots to plant the seeds while they germinate, and lots of time and skill. 

While you always have time in the future to master your seed germinating skills, as a new gardener, it is best to plant seedlings or young plants you can purchase at your local plant nursery to help your garden get off to a great start. Once you master caring for your seedlings and young plants, then you can move onto building your seed germinating skills while you enjoy your existing, beautiful flower garden. 

If you have never planted a flower garden before, but would like to take a shot at it, then follow these two tips for great success planting your very first flower garden. To learn more, contact a nursery like Penngrove Nursery.