ZinniasAll the work put in to the annual flower garden last summer has paid off.  This is the 1st bouquet of flowers.  The sunflowers and cosmos should be blooming anytime soon and  I had enough flowers today to share with my neighbor.  This is a very easy project to do:

Matrials List

2 boards 10′ x 1″ x 6″

2 boards  3′ x 1″ x 6″

1 packet of seed each of : Sunflowers, Zinnias, Cosmos, Celosia, Snapdragon

3 Cu Ft Bale of Peat Moss (it expands to 6 Cu Ft)

6 Cu Ft Coarse Vermiculite

1 Bag each of Black Kow, Black Hen & Black Velvet (mushroom compost)


Hammer and nails


Old newspapers and cardboard


  1. Nail boards together to make a raise bed.  Place the bed in an area where there will be at least  5-6 hours of sun.  Cover the ground inside of the bed with the newspapers and cardboard.
  2. Spread tarp out next to the bed.  Dump peat moss, vermiculite and 3 bags of compost and mix well with the hoe.  Fill the bed with this mixture (Square Foot Gardening Mels Mix)
  3. Plant seeds following packet directions.  Water.
  4. Check the bed every day and make sure the soil is moist so the seeds can germinate.

Do not skimp on the soil ingredients.  I have been using this soil recipe for years and I always get great results.  I’m pretty sure I’ll add another flower bed next year but I’m undecided if I should plant more annuals or start a perennial bed.  If you had to pick 5 favorite flowers, what would they be?

Transformation Thursday


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