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Tips for the Best Northern California Cutting Garden | Northern California Regional Report

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Do you love creating your very own home-grown, colorful floral arrangements, but are you constantly plundering your perennial beds for the perfect blooms? An annual cutting garden, designed and dedicated to the production of bountiful summer blooms, might be the perfect solution. Following a few simple steps in spring takes the pressure off your favorite summer-flowering perennials and shrubs (dahlias, roses, and peonies are the most often plundered in my own perennial borders). A properly planted annual flower garden can provide you with a constant supply of abundant blooms for beautiful bouquets all summer long.

Start with the right location

When choosing a spot for your cutting garden, think abundant sunshine in weed-free, well-amended soil (adding organic compost and organic, well-balanced fertilizers tends to get the best results). An efficient irrigation system is vital to all Northern California gardens and will provide the consistent moisture needed by your growing bloom…

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