Late winter jobs
Since the garden is still mostly gray and without leaves, we can still lose a few hours to decide beforehand what plants to plant in the flower beds; as a rule we remind that in the flowerbeds of annual or perennial plants the spots of color are certainly more effective than the thin lines of similar plants placed in a row; moreover they give a more harmonious touch to the garden the not too regular flowerbeds, which have soft rather than perpendicular lines.
Before buying plants, or seeds, we check that the areas in which we want to plant the plants are suitable to accommodate them, with the right exposure and humidity.
Often we do not pay attention to it, but if we have a large garden without an irrigation system, we try to place plants in the areas farthest from the house that can be self-sufficient, or that at least do not need watering or too intense care; while near the house we can think of placing more delicate and demanding plants: with the arrival of summer it will be easier to take care of all the plants in the garden.
Spring garden work: Sowing and seedlings
For large flower beds it can be convenient, and fun, to prepare many annual or perennial seedlings by sowing them; first of all the advice is to choose good quality selected seeds: in fact many of the plants used for the flower beds are hybrids, whose seeds do not always produce plants identical to the mother plant; only highly selected seeds guarantee us to obtain identical plants, with flowers equal to those shown on the photograph presented on the beautiful seed packages.
We buy the seeds considering exposure, climate and humidity of the place where we will plant the plants in the coming months, to obtain an excellent development.
Great pate of small flowering plants need temperatures above 15-20 ° C to germinate, so it is good to prepare a warm bed where to sow: a soft, light and very well drained mixture of sand and peat is used; first proceed by wetting the soil thoroughly, then sowing, keeping the seeds as far apart as possible and avoiding piles of seeds. In the following days we will consider the seedbed in a bright and warm place, often moistening the ground; for better success we avoid covering the ground with the soil and covering the seedbed with transparent film, which will keep the humidity.
Some plants can be sown directly at home, cleaning the soil well and lightening it with sand; after germination let's remember to thin out the plants, preserving the best developed ones.