Would you like to learn how to grow your own organic flowers? It’s lovely to grow your own flowers, because you know where they have come from, you can be free of toxic chemicals, know you are not contributing to poor farmer welfare, and stopping climate change (no plane journeys needed to get them here). Also see where to buy local organic flowers.
How to Grow Your Own Flowers
First of all, decide where you are going to grow your own organic flowers. If you have pets, many flowers (including all bulbs) are toxic to pets (as is cocoa mulch). So either don’t grow flowers, or choose somewhere safe where pets don’t access (even brushing the tail against a lily can cause harm). See the post how to make your garden safe for pets, to know which flowers to avoid growing, buying (or sending to others, if they live with furry friends). Try to find a safe spot where you can prepare the soil easily to avoid digging (harms earthworms).
Then decide on what kinds of flowers you want. You may wish to create a traditional English cottage garden (great to attract bees and butterflies). Or perhaps you would prefer a potage garden (one that puts both food and flowers on your table). Others prefer to create flower gardens that are simple enough for children to join in, or to create seasonal bouquets all-year round (in which case you’ll want longer-lasting blooms).
Books to Grow Organic Flowers
- The Cut Flower Patch is a lovely book by Louise, who grows all her own organic flowers. You’ll find tips on what to grow, when to sow, how to harvest and how to arrange your beautiful flowers. Includes tips on containers, and a helpful year planner.
- Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden is a beautiful book by New York florist/farmer Erin Benzakein, showing you how to grow, harvest and arrange gorgeous blooms all year round. Beautifully photographed, Erin’s latest book Floret Farm: A Year in Flowers shows how to arrange your homegrown flowers.
- The Flower Farmer’s Year is a book by Georgie Newbury, who runs Common Farm Flowers in Somerset with her husband. This book not only focuses on growing organic flowers, but how to set up a small business, selling your own flowers to locals.
- Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers is also by Georgie. In this book, she shows you how to grow your own organic blooms for the big day, and offers projects for buttonholes, centrepieces, garlands and flower crowns.
How to Make Your Own Flower Food
Many florists sell flower food, which often contains chemicals. And most homemade recipes suggest bleach, but this contains chlorine which pollutes our waters. For a start, homegrown and organic local flowers last longer anyway, so you may not even need flower food. If you do, a simple recipe is to simply add 1 tsp of sugar and 1tsp of apple cider vinegar to the water. Does the same, no flower food or bleach required.
Where To Recycle Used Flowers
If you still have nice bouquets after a wedding or special occasion, don’t throw them away. There are many local charities that would love these, to donate on to others. In London, Floral Angels and The Flower Bank both turn recycled flowers into beautiful free bouquets, to cheer up people in the local community.