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I am a complete newbie and clueless when it comes to gardening. If i want to start fresh this year and plant a bunch of flowers, what do I need to put down first? We had some reddish wood chips last year and DH has take a bunch out and then layed some soil on top. My BIL suggested we put some mulch on top of that. When you start planting every year what do you put down before you plant any flowers?

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Well I am definitely not an expert so I'm sure I won't be any help. But with flowers we don't put anything down first. We just plant. The only thing we typically have problems with are birds and squirrels taking the flower petals and leaves. Not sure if that helps. As for a veggie garden that's a whole different ball game and my DH honestly handles most of that.

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I treat my flower beds the same as my veggie beds (often they share the same space). That usually means a couple inches of compost and maybe an inch of aged manure where I plan to plant. Depending on how good or rotten the soil is, I might do other amendments.

Which plants have your eye? Where do you live (general area if you're not comfortable with specifics)?

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I'm in Ontario, Canada so we only get nice weather about half the year. We have some hostas, a clemantis, and a bunch of annuals

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We do not do anything before planting flowers. Just plant and watch them grow.

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Bonita, you are so lucky!

In the excuse for soil at this rental -- you can read fill dirty with hunks of concrete and rocks if you want -- anywhere I plant I have to create soil.

Hostas would like to be fairly heavy feeders. They like to lots of water, too. The good news is that they're sturdy. Once you get them started you have to really work to kill them. They'll thrive in partial sun. I love how many colors and shapes the leaves come in. I keep threatening to do an entire bed of just hostas!

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we don't need to do much for flowers. If your soil is very sandy, add compost, manure etc. If your soil is clay, you need to cut it all up and add better soil. If you have a balance soil, just plant! Smile

Is your area mostly shady, partial shade or sunny?