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Plant a spring cutting garden! Here are 5 steps for the perfect plot

Bring your own flowers inside with a cutting garden.

Because we love fresh flowers, and because we want to enjoy the beauty and color inside, too, more and more people are planting cutting gardens. It’s a dedicated flower garden just for cutting! It can feel scary – to cut living things from your flower bed that you worked so hard to maintain.

Farmer florist Sara Drussel shows us how to plan it out.

Find more flowers from Sara on Instagram, @gather.growfloral.


How to Plant a Cutting Garden

  1. Plan your space. “It’s not about perfection, it’s about learning,” says Sarah.
  2. Amend the soil. Use “secret sauce” soil mix: combine nutrimulch, vermiculite and fertilizer.
  3. Plant “cut and come” again flowers. Zinnias, Cosmos and Dahlias and Sarah’s favorite for our climate.
  4. Pinch and support. Pinching stimulates the plant to branch and make longer stems. Use support structures as needed such as posts, corralling, netting, etc.
  5. Maintain and enjoy!

If you’re just getting started, Sarah recommends this book on planting a cutting garden.

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