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Helpful Gardening Tips



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We feel that you can never have enough good tips to help out in the garden and landscape areas of your home.  We would like to share a few more that cover everything from cleaning clay flowerpots to plants.

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Clean salt off clay flowerpots - clay pots are notorious for ugly salt deposits and other debris that can harbor disease or dehydrate stems resting on them.  To clean off the salt, mix a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water. Let pots soak for 10 minutes, then place in a solution of dish detergent and water. Scrub with a wire brush to remove mineral deposits and other debris. Rinse thoroughly and soak pots in bucket of clean water till ready to use.

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Recycle an old garden hose by making it into a soaker hose.  Just drill 1 to 2 inches apart on one side.  Attach one end to a water spigot and cap the other end.  Turn the water to a low flow for a half hour once or twice a week.  Add a timer for auto watering.  Cover the hose with much.

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Wait before mulching. Allow soil to warm up and dry out a bit before mulching in spring.  Fluff up existing mulch before adding more so it doesn't form a hard surface that deflects water.  Avoid creating a volcano of mulch around plants.  Strive instead for a donut effect.

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Ensure peony blooms.  Peonies are among the easiest plants to grow in a garden pot but many gardeners, miss out on the flowering.  Place potted peonies where they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight every day.  Wait to cut the foliage until after the first frost so leaves have the opportunity to return food reserves to the roots for next years blooms.

Add off season plants to your pottery.  When shopping for plants in spring, add out of season stalwarts such as aster, chrysanthemum, and goldenrod.  They may look boring in your shopping cart but in a few months you will be glad you have them to beef up your landscape.

So, hope you got some good ideas here.
 
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A Few Container Gardening Tips



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We have talked about container garden tips in the past but we still seem to come up with more that we would like to share.  Hope you find some useful here.

Give potted plants the conditions they need.  Assess the site for your contained garden as you would for an in ground planting.  Does the area get full sun, filtered shade or deep shade?  Choose plants accordingly.  Is the area sheltered or exposed to lots of wind?  If it's exposed, you will need to install a trellis, windbreak, or other protection before placing your garden planters there.

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Use foliage plants lavishly.  They add structure and form to the area and are a good foil for flower displays.  They also create a point of interest in shade, especially when you use glossy leaves to catch the light, or ones with white and yellow markings.

Choose containers to match the style of your home. One a Mediterranean terrace you can use terracotta tuscany style pots and use bright colored pottery with glossy finishes in front of a Cape Cod that needs a little boost of something.  Don't mix to many pots but stick to a theme.

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Indoor pots can easily match your decorating style.  Shiny, matte, colorful or plain clay - there are so many options to choose from that will blend in an add character to your indoor needs.

Pay attention to watering. Containers that dry out fast, especially in hot, windy weather. If you have many pots, make it easy by trying some of the following devices:

A.  A Hose end nozzle with an off-on lever allows you to turn off the water between containers.
B.  Long handled watering wands attach to garden hoses to extend your reach.
C.  Garden coils - self retracting hoses also extend reach and take up little space.
D.  Drip irrigation delivers water to individual containers and is easy to install with times.

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Potted plants are magicians.  They can turn hardscape into landscape.  Pots filled with greenery and flowers soften the hard edges or a patio or deck. They also create the feel of a garden where there is no earth to plant one.  Plants in pots contribute gentle textures, graceful movement, delicious scents, and seasonal changes.

They lure butterflies, hummingbirds, and other welcome visitors  In short, they can add life to urban outdoor spaces.  Best of all, because container plantings are portable, you can make little changes at any time without disturbing the whole scene.

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Mexican Terracotta Pottery



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We have been importing Mexican garden planters for over 17 years. While the clay is heavy, very dark and considered porous it is still in high demand because of it's unique designs & original styles.

The Mexican clay pottery that we import have very distinctive designs.  It's very rough, porous and many times lined with a black tar product, that helps to prolong the life of the clay.  Each design is usually hand made and so each one is slightly different.  One thing we can say is unless the outside of the planter is sealed with a water proof product the clay will break down from water and sun exposure.

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These planters are not made to last and will start to deteriorate after a season of use.  Our terracotta sealer will not waterproof the pot but it will help to prolong the life of the clay by laying down a barrier of protection.  Just brush it on and let it dry.

Many of the styles, like garden hose containers, strawberry jars, pocket pots and animal planters have been standards in the industry for years and continue to be good sellers.  These same patterns and styles are not being produced by other suppliers.

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When it comes to price point, Mexican terracotta can't be beat.  It is very inexpensive because it is easy to make, the clay is a powder product and it's fired in wood burning kilns instead of gas.  Since the durability factor is poor we recommend using them with perennials and annuals flowers that will last only one season.

Good designs, unique styles and easy ability make these garden planters good sellers.

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Poolscaping Tips



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Do you own a pool that is lacking in landscaping?  Do you have a table and chairs or maybe a lounger or two.  Is the one thing missing is some potted plants, trees or sweet smelling flowers?  Here are few tips that may help you make some decisions.

When it comes to most pool decks flowers or potted plants are some of the last items to add.  Yet they shouldn't be.  They add so much for a minimal expense.  Fragrance from flowers, fruit trees or bushes, color from bold green evergreens, or a rainbow of color from blooming plants and flowers.  If you organize it right by following a few of these tips you will add so much warmth to the deck, softness to the view and a lovely frame for the pool itself.

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Needing more privacy?  Add tall potted trees or plants on the side you want to block.  Space large planters evenly and fill with trees that will have height and width. Just make sure the planters are large enough so that you don't have to re-pot every year.  We like the look of tall grasses.  They add interest and are perfect for blocking areas behind them.  

Place some large colorful garden planters around the deck next to a table and chairs. Plant with sweet smelling flowers so that you can enjoy the fragrance.  Add some trailing ivy or vinca to the edge of the planter so that you have some green falling over the sides that will add some depth to the design.  Make sure the flowers are one's you can control and they won't be dropping petals all over the pool.

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We also like to see potted plants that will repel mosquitoes.  Obviously this will help when sitting outside after sunset.  Adding a layer of color to the pool will really compliment the trees & plants you may add.  If you decide you don't want anything that blooms and drops petals then use colorful glazed planters and fill with succulents, cactus, grasses and evergreens.  That way you will have lots of color but no debris issues.

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Lastly, make sure you don't pot a type of plant that will drop debris that could stain a deck, clog a pool drain, attract bees or has thorns that kids could come in contact with.  Nothing is worse than creating a bigger mess than if you just left the deck bare.  So choose wisely, get creative and have fun.  Having a beautiful landscaped pool deck or area is only a few tips away!
 
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Potted Olive Trees



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Have you ever thought about growing an olive tree in your living room?  Well, it's not that difficult.

We have seen lots of different kinds of plants, trees or flowers to grown in garden containers indoors but the Mediterranean look of a olive tree in a terracotta flowerpot can't be beat for beauty.  There are versions that will grow up to 2 feet tall and other more hardy ones that grow to 6 feet tall so make sure you get the size you can use.

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These look stunning when set near a sunny window where it's soft, grey green leaves will flourish.  Make sure you get a planter that is large enough to hold a good size root system and where the roots will not be cramped.  Terracotta is a lovely, earthy look but a brightly colored glazed planter also looks perfect.  You can use poly resin, concrete or sandstone garden planters also.

Olive trees are a symbol of peace and abundance and make a great housewarming gift. If you can't find them at your local nursery or landscape center you will find them online at a mail order source.  You will also find topiary trees that look wonderful when potted and placed indoors.

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Here are a few basics to remember:

The trees need at least 6 hours a day of sunlight in a south facing window.  When the top of the soil feels dry it's time to water thoroughly.  Work a slow release, all purpose fertilizer in the soil monthly during spring and summer months.  Each winter keep the tree in a 40 - 45 degree room for at least 2 months with direct sunlight.   Each spring transfer to a larger planter if necessary and trim the tree to shape it.

That is it.  Good luck and let us know how it goes!

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Grow Beets In A Garden Container



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Tips for Growing Beets in a Flowerpot

Growing veggies in flowerpots are easy to do, lots of fun and super delicious.  In this post we share some planting tips for growing beets in a garden pot and share with you how fun this is. Easy for an apartment dweller or anybody with limited garden space.  Oh yeah, yummy also!

Step one is deciding on the garden planter or pot that you are going to use.  Just remember the wider the better.  A nice wide planter like a rectangle will let you pot more plants and give you a larger yield. They are great for lining a patio fence, a balcony railing or setting up a border.  Small pots will work but you should shoot for a 12" deep planter.  The extra depth will give your roots a larger area to expand into.

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When it comes to pottery materials, we like terracotta because it is meant to breathe and is the most healthy type of pot for a plants health.  However, even glazed, poly resin or concrete will all work. The main point to remember is you must have drain holes.  You do not want the beets roots to sit in standing water.  The more drain holes the better so if you find a pot you just love and it doesn't have a drain hole, plan on drilling one.

When planting remember to start with a good veggie potting mix. This makes sure you get off to the best start.  Then remember that beets don't like to be moved so use a container that is going to be large enough and sow the seeds 1/4 deep.  You will need to thin out the beets as they start to sprout.

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Place the beet flower pot in full sun for the best growth.  Don't put the pot up against a wall or fence. Make sure the container has good air circulation.  Water regularly to keep the soil moist at all times and don't let the soil dry out completely.  Fertilize with time released beads.

Potted beets usually take about 8 weeks to be ready to harvest after germination.  Use in salads, stir fry the beet greens but only harvest them a few inches off the soil.  That way they will continue to re-grow.

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Hanging Flower Pots



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Have you ever seen a hanging flower pot over flowing with colorful flowers that you didn't just love?  They are some of the most stunning and decorative flower pots you can display.

There are many types of hanging baskets & planters that you can purchase from your local nursery or right here at Arizona Pottery.  We sell a poly resin light weight garden bowl that is durable, comes in 32 colors, hangs from a tri-chain and is available in 5 large sizes.  You can create a nice display or go with our huge size and create a display that can't be rivaled by anyone else. At 25" round this baby is huge.

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Because our light weight hanging pots are custom made for you, you get to decide if you want a drain hole or not. This is good for deciding on where the pot will hang.  Do you want it draining over a patio chair. Probably not.  So we give you a choice.

After you decide on what container you are going to use, it's time to think about potting soil & water needs.  Purchase a nice potting soil meant for flowers.  This way you will have the best chance of a colorful display.  When it comes to water, make sure you keep the soil moist but not damp.  So you will need to water every day.  Since the pot is hanging, the circulating air will cause the soil to dry out faster than a normal garden pot.

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Then select the types of flowers, bulbs, trailing ivies, succulents, cactus or evergreens that you want to display.  We suggest mixing them up to create a greater effect.  Plant one hanging planter with all colorful flowers, another with a lush green fern and so on.  Try to plant the center first and move around to the outside of the pottery.  Try a small palm in the center shooting up, surround with colorful flowers and end the outside with trailing vines.

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Now pick where they will hang.  Off a wall, on a fence post, along the railing on a porch.  Place there where they can get some sunlight and if you have drain holes where they won't drain onto a chaise or chair. If you have a seating area on your patio try placing them around the outer edge so people are hitting their heads on them or the planters aren't draining where people will walk and possibly slip.

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It sounds like a lot to remember but the main point is to create something wonderful.  Lots of color, fragrance & visual beauty!  You will not regret adding a couple of hanging planters to your garden pottery display.  Good Luck!
 
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