|Thursday Tips & Techniques: Cutting Gardens|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Thursday, 30 August 2012|
Most gardeners are more interested in growing flowers or simply gazing at them from afar, than in cutting them. If you enjoy fresh flowers in the house however, a separately cultivated cutting garden may be in order.
A cutting garden is no different than a perennial garden except that it's a lot less structured. Choose a location and approximate size for the cutting garden. It can be close to the house, tucked in a corner of the yard, or adjacent to the vegetable garden. Stake the boundaries, amend the soil, and plant your flowers, either from seeds or from containers.
There are few design requirements for cutting gardens other than the following:
1. Choose a location that is both sunny and has partial shade to accommodate a variety of flowers.
2. Plant your flowers in rows and create wide paths between the rows to make it easier to cut and maintain the flowers.
3. Plant flowers by color, (e.g. all of the blue flowers together), by species, or by type, for instance plant everything with spikey flowers together no matter what the species.
4. Plant a variety of flowers that bloom throughout the entire season.
5. Crowding or planting flowers closer together than normal will produce taller stems.
The Cutting Garden
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