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Getting Started – Planning the Garden

Above you can see the fancy plans for my garden that my son, Ned created for me on his i-Pad in my first year of growing. (I have to say that never since have I grown vegetables - all my growing space has been taken over with flowers!)

Each year I take everything I've learned and create a new plan - usually by scribbling on pieces of paper with a pencil.

Here’s a simple way to get a ballpark idea of how many flowers you could grow.

  1. Measure your space

  2. Draw it out onto a piece of paper

  3. Decide if you’re growing Sweet Peas (they need somewhere to climb either up a wall or in pots) – if so divide part of your paper into 15 x 15cm squares for those.

  4. Decide if you’re growing Dahlias. They will need 75 x 75 cms so allocate some of your space for those.

  5. Divide the rest of your space into 25cm squares – this will be our general rule for all other plants we will be growing as cut flowers.

  6. How many squares do you have? This is how many plants you’ll have come the summer – all going well! 

If you want a more detailed step-by-step plan for your future cut flower patch, check out the Grow to Give Garden Workshop.

Head over to Instagram and share how many plants you would be able to squeeze in – remember to tag me @the.floral.project to make sure I see your post!


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