The birds are singing, the bees are buzzing, but the floral colour pop is the only thing missing – so what should you know about planting flowers in Spring?
We Aussies are practical beings, and often opt for a veggie patch or “hardy” trees and shrubs over flowers – but did you know that flowers offer their very own range of health benefits too?
The perks of introducing flowers to your garden include:
Companion Plants – Flowering companion plants are often “friends with benefits” and can come in handy for other plants. An example is that tall flowering shrubs provide shade to sun-sensitive ground covers, and can help to camouflage nearby crops.
Nature’s Pollinators – Flowers attract bees, butterflies and birds, which all help to distribute pollen within your garden and ultimately increase your odds of a great harvest. Deep throated flowers also hold water and dew drops as somewhat of a reservoir.
Flowers Are Food Too – Have you been to a trendy cafe, only to find flowers on your pancakes when served? Edible blooms are colourful, taste great, and can provide a hit of vital nutrients to your diet. Don’t forget about protein rich seeds such as those that come from sunflowers either.
Weed Management – When used as a ground cover or a space filler, flowering plants can shade soil and trump potential weed invaders – essentially taking over a space, before any weeds can take hold or get a foot in the door.
Save Money – Forget paying for freshly cut flowers on the weekend, and cultivate your own instead. This is also a great way to ensure that your flowers are chemical free, as you know exactly what you have (or haven’t) used to get them to full maturity.
Are you converted yet? If so, and you’re looking to introduce or start planting flowers in Spring, there are a few handy things that you can do to optimise their chances at success.
Tips And Tricks On Planting Flowers In Spring
Like most Spring planting, determining what to plant is often the hardest part. You’ll need to consider things like what the climate is considered to be for where you live, how much (or how little) sun you’ll have available, and how much water your new floral friends are going to need. A quick Google search will usually help you to determine this.
Once you’ve made your selection, preparation is key. Shoving flower seedlings into a dormant or unprepared garden bed is only going to leave you disappointed, so ensure that you take the time to prepare your soil in advance. Two weeks before planting, ensure that your soil is turned, aerated, and you have a solid idea on what pH level that you’ll be working with.
This is also a great time to add a chemical free plant probiotic like Biotic Booster to your garden bed, which will introduce a medley of microbes and nutrients to assist in helping your flowers to reach their full potential. Apart from getting your soil healthy, Biotic Booster can help to:
- Provide essential nutrients and microbes
- Act as a liquid fertiliser to unlock your soil’s potential
- Drought proof your plants and lower water consumption
- Increase and speed up the germination process
- Assist in protecting your plants from pests and diseases
- Provide an organic solution that’s safe to use with all plants in and around your home
Once you’ve got your soil in tip top condition, it’s now time to introduce your flowers. Take care when positioning them, as some are going to prefer more sun than others – you don’t want to fry them before they get a chance to flourish. Adding a root energiser plant probiotic like RE-250 at this stage is also highly recommended, as this will help to encourage a strong and healthy root system – encouraging your flowers to “get comfortable” in their new home.
Are You Ready To Start Planting Flowers In Spring?
Try to avoid the temptation of planting your garden at the first sign of a warm day – if you work the soil when it’s too wet, you’ll risk losing all of its natural air pockets and your seedlings will suffocate and rot. Instead, Bioweed agronomist Nick Sell recommends that you do some research on what flowers grow best in your part of the world in the springtime.
“While you’re waiting, you can research and decide on what you’re actually going to grow in your garden. Jump online and have a look at a planting calendar, which will dictate what’s going to grow best during spring in your climate.”
When in doubt, it never hurts to speak to a professional soil doctor. Bioweed are proud to work with their very own team of in house agronomists, so please contact us if you would like to discuss using plant probiotics or the overall health of your garden or soil. If you’re considering introducing flowers to your garden, dabbling in permaculture, a closed loop gardening system or are even just on the hunt for other organic gardening solutions, please get in touch with the team at Bioweed today.