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Flower bed beginner

Zone Gueydan, Louisiana zone 9A | Ariel Barry added on May 14, 2018 | Answered

What is everything I need to know starting a flower bed for the first time ever!?!!!

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MichiganDot
Answered on May 15, 2018

You need to know more than can be answered in this forum but use the search feature on this website to look up individual topics. A book from the library is a good idea, even Gardening for Dummies has the basics. You must first know what your soil is like, sandy, sticky clay or something in between; how much direct sunlight hits the bed; most plants need watering during dry spells or unusual heat/wind. Plants have specific needs: lavender will not do well in a bed that is watered enough to keep calla lily happy and plants rated for full sun need at least 6 hours/daily and plants rated for shade do not do well in full sun. Annuals are good for beginners. Local nurseries have staff who are more informed about their plants than big box store staff. Lastly, check the website of your state's "extension service". It will have lists of plants that do well in your state and so much more! https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/extension-search/

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