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let's plant potted succulents

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Easy to plant succulents survive both drought and heat.  Some of the easiest plants to pot and take care of - they are known for taking care of themselves!
 
Start with a wide and shallow container. Since most succulents have very short root systems they don't need the space that other plants do. However if you like the look of a large deep planter that is fine.  Just know that the succulents will only take up the top few inches.  Fill the planter approximately 3/4 full with good potting soil. Do not use garden dirt.
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Remove the plants from their nursery containers, and plant the largest succulent on one side of the pot.  Surround it with the other plants, clustering similar shapes together.  To finish the look off and make it complete, sprinkle dark colored gravel around each plant making sure the soil is covered.
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Some special succulents are Sedum Spathulifolium, Kalanchoe Thrysiflora, 
Aloe Vera, Echeveria Silver Onion and Sedum Makioo Limelight.
 
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Plants that repel mosquitoes

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Now that the weather has improved and we are getting excited about playing in our yards and garden areas, we don't want you to forget the unwelcomed intrudes that tag along with the nicer weather.  Mosquitoes and knats are every ones worse enemy when you want to be outside enjoying your day.  There are lots of bug sprays on the market that work but when you want to get away from the chemicals we suggest you try to pot some of these plants. Not only are they lovely but they work - naturally!
 
 627 CitronCitronella - is a beautiful perennial grass that emits a very strong odor that bugs don't like.  This plant is much more effective than the other citronella products you see on the market these days. Everything from sprays to candles.  It's super easy to grow and pot and can get tall up to 6 feet.  Use your decorative containers so  you can move them around when you entertain.
 
 628 LemonLemon Balm - A member of the mint family it's very easy to pot and great for beginners.  This hard plant resists dry weather so it's perfect for desert climates.  Since it tends to be invasive it's better to plant it is a generous sized planter that is lovely and functional. 
 
 629 CatnipCatnip - rounds out of top 3. This plant is very effective in repelling mosquitoes and our feline friends will love you for it.  Grow this plant in a large planter pot so that you cats won't be able to roll around in it and crush everything.
 
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Post Last Updated: 4/22/2015 4:59:19 PM 
 
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better berries.....potted!

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You have tried growing herbs in pots, veggies in containers, and flowers in pottery.  Now is the time to give berries a chance.  Here are a few helpful tips to follow.
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Pot berry plants in a well draining pottery mix that includes a mix of particle sizes, such as larger composted bark, sand, and peat. Blueberries do best in lighter soils where their fibrous roots can penetrate easily. Raspberries are more adaptable to soil types as long as they are well drained.  Make sure the planter you use is large enough to accommodate the root system and soil and has a drain hole in the bottom to allow excess water to move away from the roots.  Water plants daily during summers hot months and feed them using a organic fertilizer in May, June and July.  Protect the plants from potential damaged from freeze-thaw cycles.  Move the pots into the garage or bury them in the soil and cover with mulch till next Spring.
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Try to find colorful glazed planters since many of these can handle the changing climates.  If you live in a cold weather state and must leave the potted plants outside, use a poly-resin or concrete planter. The freezing temps won't crack the pots and they will look great from year to year.
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Look for flavorful plants.  Medium size flavorful berries are the goal here. Use the fragrance, color and beauty to add to your garden or patio areas. Potted berries are easy to grow, fun to eat and great to look at.  Enjoy!
 
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Post Last Updated: 4/6/2015 5:06:35 PM 
 
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egg shells in your spring pottery

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Happy First Day of Spring!
 
Here are few fun tips using egg shells to help improve your potted gardens.
 477-Egg-Shells-In-PlantersAdd ground egg shells to the bottom of your potted plants or veggies. This gives the plants a nice dose of calcium which helps stop the blossom end from rotting.  If you have larger pieces of egg shell use them to cover the drain hole so that the soil won't run out.  They are lighter than rocks and they will allow the air flow to move easier into the soil. Over time they will break down and give your potted plants nutrients.  Add finely crushed shells directly to your compost bin. Make sure you crush them up very well or grind them into a powder with your blender. This is a easy and natural way to add nutrients to the soil you use next season in your potted plants & vegetables.  You can even use a old coffee grinder.  Just make sure to clean it out well.
 
If you have an issue with worms or slugs climbing into your planters, try 478-Egg-Shells-In-Flower-Pots sprinkling the surface soil with crushed shells.  These guys don't like crawling their tender bodies over the sharp shell pieces.  This also works well with pets on indoor potted plants.  Cat's like to scratch the soil but the rough egg shells don't feel nice on their paws to they stay away.
 
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Post Last Updated: 3/5/2015 12:11:03 PM 
 
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St Patrick Day Craft Ideas

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Here are few fun ideas that you can create with a few small terracotta garden pots, some green paint, glitter, glue and a whole lot of creativity on your part.  Using clay pots for craft ideas has been around for a long time. That is because they are easy to use, easy to purchase, and adorable once completed.  Our pots are from Italy so you are starting with a great base for any craft project.  The clay is smooth, nice and compact and the best made anywhere.  Give it a go and let us know how you did!
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Make a stack of Good luck pot hats for a party. Each guest will get to take one home as a party favor.  Paint the pots with green paint, wrap a black band around the base with felt.  Put on a buckle made of felt and gold glitter and add a glitter shamrock. Adorable gift idea.
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What a clever way to set your St Patrick Day feast.  Each place setting gets their own decorated terracotta pot to take home.  Paint the pots green, wrap a ribbon around the rim and glue on a gem stone for a buckel. Add a glitter shamrock and glue on each guest name.  These pots are really cute.
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This clay pot craft idea is really for those of you who want a challenge. It's more complicated but as you can see well worth the work.  This project needs 2 clay pots and one clay saucer.  The base is a flower pot turned upside down, painted and decorated with green felt designs.  The next is the saucer painted green and inside the pot saucer is the final pot that is holding the candle.  Use as a centerpiece of your St Patty's Day Celebration.
 
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