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    Default Easy care flower garden

    The house we have moved into just has garden beds FULL of weeds my children get great joy out of gardening ( do it with nan) so i thought we would turn our weed filled garden beds into a pretty flower garden
    Im after suggestions on easy care flowers that can grow in sun AND shade, do i buy seeds, bulbs or ones that are ready to plant ?
    i was thinking getting seeds as they can watch the progress of their own garden!
    any suggestions ,tips will be appreciated as i have never done something like this before and would like it to be a success as to not dissapoint the children!!
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    I give up posting on this forum!!! I have soooo many threads that get no replies!! Talk about a popularity contest!!!!

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    Aw hun yeh can be a bit like that on here!!

    I have no advice for u but thought id bump ur thread!

    Hopefully there are some green thumbs about! xx

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    Oh id buy seeds so they can water them and watch them grow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jemma87 View Post
    I give up posting on this forum!!! I have soooo many threads that get no replies!! Talk about a popularity contest!!!!
    Hey, I am a terrible gardener but I
    just want to give you some posting tips. Sometimes the time you post is important. Like I saw you posted this at 3.30, which is usually a quiet time as lost of hubbers are picking up kids from school/DC etc then prepping the dinner. After 7.30 gets heaps of views, once most of the kids are in bed. Most people just click new posts, so it might have dropped down the list by the time people log back on. You can always give it a 'bump' for the evening crew if you want it to go back to the top of the list.

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    Its a bit like that isn't it!

    I have no idea about gardening however we have some gravillias in pots (I hope I've spelt that right!) They are a native and are very hardy. When they are flowering they attract birds which I was just thinking might be nice for the kids to watch the birds feeding on the flowers. They also will attract butterflys too.

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    Just give it time, the home and garden section is a bit slower then other parts of the forum!.... & not everyone online at once is into the same things/has garden knowledge.

    ANY way....
    Personally I would steer clear of seeds, because to me personally they are just too slow and I don't feel like I am an amazing gardener waiting for them to grow because I'm not seeing anything... Haha. I'm very impatient!..

    I would stick to basic things... Have a look in your plant section at the seedlings (the small ready to plant flowers that come in a pack of 4-6) and see what they say on the back of the little card and look for things that say full sun/part shade.... Things like Marigolds, puppy dogs, daisies, petunias, they are all great little starters that give beautiful colored flowers

    I also think they are great because they have a good life span, and are super simple to look after. It's pretty much, plant, water, mulch (if wanted) and watch them flower in a few weeks! Having small kids, it can be hard for them to wait and wait and wait for the very slow progress of seeing a plant grow from seed, some can take up to 12 weeks!!!

    Happy gardening!!!

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    Also, if you want to go with something that you guys can eventually eat, you can't go past cherry tomatos, and lettuce. They are fast growers, and super easy to look after. Just don't make the same mistake as me, I planted 6 seedlings of tomato in our rental property when we had no one in there, and forgot about them, oh my lord..... We had tomatos coming out of our ears and they exploded and took over the whole garden!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Hi OP,

    I too like gardening, my fingers aren't very green though and things mostly die on me as I forget to water them but... I tend to but flowering plants or bloomers as they are instant and can be planted in spring and go for most of summer. You can get a good selection at somewhere like flower power with 5 for $12 offers. I had a fuschia which lasted for ages last year. I think grasses are good for shade and last well too.

    This summer I am going to try herbs too as DS loves to eat leaves so at least these will be tasty... when I get round to it...

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    The one thing l would suggest before you start your garden bed is to prepare it.
    Once you have got rid of the weeds, give the soil a bit of a dig around, throw on some sort of fertiliser, (chook cow, horse manure, comes in pellets if you don't like messy stuff), water it in. Then l put layers of wet newspapers down, overlapping them so all the bed is covered. Reason why is it stops a lot of the weeds and also protects the soil. When l plant out, l cut crosses through the layers of paper, dig the hole, put a handful of potting mix into the hole, put the plant in and backfill with potting mix. I then mulch the bed, l like to use pea straw, then water it all.
    I know it sounds like a lot of messing around but l HATE weeding and this does cut down the weeds. When l want to replant, l pull out the old plants, take off the mulch and just put another layer or two of newspapers down.
    I plant out seedlings but l do grow some from seeds or l buy seedlings.
    My kids loved growing sunflowers, they are very easy.

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