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5 Easy Flowers to Plant in Your Garden

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2. Marigolds

At the talk by Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, that I attended this year she mentioned that the recent marigold hybrids lack the scents that make them good insect repellents and companions in the vegetable garden. Marigolds are easy to start from seed, either in containers or in the ground. If you’re growing marigolds for their bug repellent qualities, choose an old variety.

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10:55AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

thank you for the information

3:10AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Thank you

9:45AM PDT on May 15, 2012

Thanks!

9:30AM PDT on May 15, 2012

thanks for info

11:25AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Thank you!

8:49PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

great article thank you

12:22PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

Thank you-- I have all these flowering plants and they do provide lots of color and blooms.

8:16PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Choosing the Best Plants for your Garden

Many times we buy plants on impulse then find there is nowhere in the garden that really suits them. Before buying plants carefully examine your garden to see how much sun and shade it gets, whether the soil is well drained or waterlogged and whether your aspect is sheltered or windswept. You'll then be equipped to go and buy the best plants for your situation; shade-loving plants for the sheltered areas, sun-lovers for the warm spots, drought-resistant plants for the parched areas which may be either sunny or shaded, and swamp plants for the poorly-drained parts.

But wait! Test your soil first, to determine the pH level of your soil and what kind of nutrients you need to add, if any. Is the soil acid or alkaline? Most plants prefer soil that is slightly acidic, but there are some that must have alkaline soil to grow. You can alter the soil's pH level, but it's much easier to simply plant for the soil you have.

Now you are ready to plant. Well - almost. Will you plant in groups or singly? If you buy 'one of everything' your garden may seem rather spotty. Group plantings are organised, harmonious and you can vary the color for interest.

Before planting out, place your chosen plants around the garden bed in their pots to see how they will look. Re-arrange them until you are satisfied. Grouping plants in sets of threes or fives usually looks better than planting in groups of even numbers. Be sure that you have an interestin

7:30PM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

Thanks for this, love flowers and they are so nice to see.

9:20AM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

Beautiful pictures! I love all of these flowers ... and so do bees,butterflies and some of them are also good for bitds.

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