Planning a Cut Flower Garden

On May 1st, we would have been in this house for 6 years! Honestly, the garden hasn’t changed a whole lot in that time. Over the past couple of years, I have slowly started growing more flowers and vegetables, learning about plants and soil and researching for my cut flower garden.

The most amazing resource so far has been Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden. I’m pretty sure I’ve written about this before, but now that I am actually ready to start something I have read it cover to cover. This, as well as all the various NZ Flower Farms I follow on instagram, have served as both education and inspiration. Plus, I think my dad will be a big help in making sure I go about things the right way.

Antipodean-Garden-Before
This is from when we first moved in – 2012. Both the large liquid amber and the Pohutukawa are gone now.

My vision for the garden

Initially, I would like to fill a 4×5 metre section of our lawn space on the West side of the house with annuals as well as having a section dedicated to foliage in the more southern area of the space.

I want to use the floret farm system to try and be super smart with the space in order to maximise the amount of flowers I can grow. 

Antipodean-Garden-Before-02

Where to start?

It’s currently mid April, so there is a lot to do over the next couple of weeks to get things started. First thing will be measuring out the space and killing off the lawn. However, the best way to do this is a long process and involves smothering the grass with newspapers (or cardboard) and mulch. I’m thinking I might just plant some spring bulbs in the large pots on my deck so I can have some spring colour to cut for myself, just to give me extra time to kill the grass without chemicals.

I’m also going to do a soil test and figure out how to create the best environment for the flowers. I’m going to have to do some more research into this as there may be a better way. I’m also trying to decide if I should pull out my diseased and unhappy lemon tree and create a lemon and lime grove at the back of the property… But that’s another story 🙂

2 Comments

  1. Best of luck as you begin your new project. The best thing about my cutting garden is that my favorite colors are always to be found…not always so when I want to pick up a bouquet at the market!

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