Planting a Flower Bed
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Spanish: Plantamos un Cantero de Flores
Planting a Flower Bed
By Cathy Pearl
1 Nothing brightens up the front of a house like beautiful flowers. Not only do they look pretty, but they are also important for some animals. Planting a flowerbed isn't complicated (KOM-pli-kay-tid). It just takes a little work and a little creativity.
2 The first thing that you have to do is pick out a spot for your flower bed. You have to think about many things when you do this. Where you put it can be important. Some plants only grow in all sun. Others do well if the flower bed is shady part of the day.
3 If you aren't sure how much sun the spot that you picked gets, you will have to watch it for a day or two. Use string and mark where you want to put the garden bed. Then pay attention to the spot when it is sunny outside. Is the bed sunny or shady all day? Does it only get sun part of the day? If it only gets sun part of the day, does it get it in the morning or the afternoon?
4 When you have figured out how much sun the spot gets, you can move on to the next step: picking out the flowers. This is not as easy as it sounds. Do you want your flower bed to have a theme or a special use? If you like the color red, you might want to pick out plants that will have red flowers in the summer. Hummingbirds are small birds that get food from flowers. If you like this animal, you can get flowers that will make hummingbirds want to come to your house. Other kinds of plants are great for butterflies.
5 When you have made your choices, it's time to go buy some plants. There are a lot of places that sell plants today. The best place for a beginner to go is a garden center. The people who work there will be able to help you pick out plants that will grow well. You don't want plants that are fussy and hard to grow. This could make you give up on trying to grow plants.
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