Deck Gardens: Planning and Planting Your Garden

Choosing the right garden planter for your needs is important. Since the Urban Garden Planter has plenty of root room, I filled it with quality organic soil and then over-planted it with Ranunculus and two varieties of Carnations. I chose the Ranunculus because of their bold colors and unusual petals and the Carnations because of their long-lasting tendencies and their smaller silver-green to yellow-green foliage which will make a great filler for the larger leafed Ranunculus.

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I planted them with the taller growing varieties in the back and the shorter (though currently taller) plants in the front. I paid particular attention to the way the sun is in the sky so that the planter is positioned for optimal sunlight.

Creating a deck garden for cutting flowers means I can have flowers in my home all summer long!

Moss is such a problem here in Seattle that the grass is currently going through its annual de-mossing and over-seeding. It looks a mess now, but in a month or so it’ll be back to its former glory…until next winter when we start it all again.

I will be pinching back the leaf production of both varieties and cutting them often to encourage growth. Should they start to overgrow their planter, I can easily transplant them into on of my flower beds or into one of the myriads of planters I have below the Urban Garden to continue their season.

Creating a deck garden for cutting flowers means I can have flowers in my home all summer long! - ad

I can also switch out the flowers as the season continues to give me even more flowers and varieties. My garden is growing so well that I’ve already started giving flowers away, and my initial investment will pay for itself in no time. It’s time to paint a “Please Pick & Enjoy Me!” sign to encourage my friends and family to enjoy them as well. Having access to a rainbow of flowers just makes me happy and its something I’m doing for myself.

Creating a deck garden for cutting flowers means I can have flowers in my home all summer long! - ad