If you haven't taken the time to take an inventory of your fall garden containers, then now is the time to do so. Do the flowers look spent, or the veggies given up and the grasses no fared well in the winter wind gusts? Then it's time to transition them into winter items that will hold up to the cold and harsh weather that is coming.
The first thing you need to do is toss all the plants and replace the potting soil. Now is not the time to try to salvage anything. Pick new plant materials that can with stand the harsh conditions coming in the colors and textures that will easily mix up and create a beautiful arrangement. Add color with painted sticks, berry branches or colorful shades of greens and yellows.
Fill your winter containers with Birch Branches. They look lovely when clustered together and add a depth of texture to a garden container that is lovely for many months. Ever seen colored branches like dogwood? They come in red to yellow and you can find other textured branches like reeds or thin sticks that come in brown and can be woven and displayed beautifully.
When it comes to plants try evergreens like boxwood that can be made into topiary. Conifers of all sorts will work wonderfully. Any kind of greenery that can handle the cold will be stunning covered in a light snowfall.
Berried branches like winterberry and dried seed pots add an artistic touch that really upgrades any garden container. Ornamental grasses add height to the center of a planter and trailing ivy flows over the pots sides, draping the planter in color.
Don't wait till it's too cold to transition your planters. Now is the time to make the most of the remaining weather.
When planting a garden container you plan it out logically and emotionally. You select the perfect garden planter and plant materials. Then all of a sudden the planted container starts to show stress. What do you do? You need to find out what is going on and how you can stop it immediately. A planted container can't wait long for you to figure it out. Here are a few ideas to go to first.
The first place to go is to find out what is going on with the potted plants roots. The area that grows beneath the ground into the soil. Watch for Vine Weevil attacks. Many come in nursery plants and feed on the plants leaves and lay their eggs in the soil. Once the eggs hatch after about 10 days, the grubs burrow into the soil and feed underground on roots. Sooner than later the plant is unable to drink water and collapses.
Use sharp mulches like broken egg shells to discourage adult weevils from laying eggs. Pick them off of the plants if you see them.
Next check the drainage. Make sure the drain hole in the base of the planter is not plugged with soggy soil or rocks. Maybe you need more than one drain hole so plan on drilling more holes with a masonary bit. If the roots become water logged it will suffocate them and they will die.
Cover the flowerpots drain hole with pot shards or use pot filler to help the water to drain thru the soil without plugging the drain hole.
Lastly, is your potted plant starving. Every time you water your potted plants you loose nutrients from the potting soil. If you don't fertilize your soil and plants they will starve and eventually stress out and die.
Regardless how good the potting mix is watering will deplete nutrients over time. Use a good fertilizer and keep the potted plants you are trying to grow healthy longer.
First impressions are always important. When it comes to the front door of your home there is no more important way to greet your guests and makes a good first impression than to pot up some plants and have a colorful, fragrant display. Unfortunately many people tend to neglect their front doors. The old adage out of sight, out of mind comes into play here. Here are a few suggestions that may make creating a welcoming easy and doable.
Patriotic: this front entrance and walkway screams patriotic pride. Glossy red double door, white trim and pots of blue hydrangeas. They all come together to show their patriotic pride. Perfect for the start of summer.
Tropical Beauty: A vibrant orange of the sunrise turn this door into a welcoming oasis with tropical palms and red flowers in neutral pots. This front door garden decor scream tropical.
Big Pots: When it comes to garden containers bigger is always better. More room for the plant and flowers to flourish but large garden pottery always makes great impressions. With trailing vines and colorful plants bursting out of these planters you will have guests commenting on what a wonderful first impression you have made.
Our last suggestion is the holidays. With so many wonderful holidays celebrated in the United States you will have plenty to chances to create the holiday spirit and feel with potted plants, pumpkins, christmas lights, valentine hearts, 4 leaf clover and more. Have fun now and make your entry welcoming and playful with items from each holiday. This is the most imaginative time to decorate. Go for it!
Whether you shop online (and we hope you do) or visit your local garden center, finding the perfect garden planter, plant materials, soil etc to create lovely flowerpots to decorate your home or garden area is easy to do. Lot's of choices, colors, textures that when put together can make a look that adds color, beauty and life to your garden decor.
However, keeping those potted containers looking nice all summer long when the heat and windy weather can beat them up pretty good, is another thing. We want to give you some tips that may help you over come the garden planter blues.
Start by selecting the perfect container. Make sure the size is correct for the plants that you are putting in the pot. Too small and roots are crowded, too large and soil stays too moist and you have fungal issues. Make sure the pot has drainage. No plants like to sit in standing water.
Next get a plan on what you are going to plant. Don't go to the local nursery and buy impulsivily. Choose plants that will thrive in your area and add some foliage to pots to fill them out when you are planting flowers. Try to buy a plant to place in the center of the pot for height. This really adds a focal point for deciding what to plant around it.
Get good potting soil. Don't ever use the ground soil and don't use old soil that has been sitting in the garage for a few years. If you choose to reuse soil from a spent container make sure there are no spores, fungus or mites and other unfriendlies can live in long after the plants are gone.
Presoak the plastic nursery pot in a tub of water to loosen and relax the roots before knocking the plant out of the pot. Just fill a shallow basin, or wheelbarrow with water, sit the pots in so the drain holes are covered and let them soak for 30 mins. Then knock the plant out and repot in your decorative garden container. The roots will be pliable and soft and they will thank you for this, presoak. The after the pot is complete make sure to give everything one last drink.
Don't underestimate how important it is to keep up the grooming of the finished planter. Deadhead spent blooms, cut back straggly stems and replace anything that just isn't doing well. This little weekly step makes a big different in how your planters look all season long.
And finally, fertilize. Purchase a slow release fertilizer or better yet every two weeks water with a liquid fertilizer to keep everything looking it's best all season. Every time you water a pot till there is water coming out the drain hole you loose valuable nutrients. These need to be replaced.
Can you ever really have to many pot tips? We don't think so! We believe you can never have enough. We see hundreds a year and all are good tips that are timeless. So as in the past, here we go again for some more great pottery tips.
Try putting a raw egg int he bottom of your garden containers when planting each spring. As the roots grow around the eggs and they break down they will feed the plant giving it vitamins.
Even though you may wear quality garden gloves when planting your garden containers, sometimes your nails and fingers suffer abuse. Moisturize your hands, slip on latex gloves and then put on your garden gloves. By the end of the day of potting you will be amazed.
At the end of the season instead of dumping out the good potting soil you planted in your garden containers, try sifting it thru a frying basket. The openings are exactly the right size, the basket has a handle which you can shake with and you can sift over a pail for convenience.
In large garden containers place a plastic milk jug with the cap on prior to adding soil. At the end of the season you can dump the soil and re-use the milk jugs. The milk jugs keep the pot lighter in weight then rocks would do.
Use aspirin to keep flowers blooming. Just drop two tablets of aspirin for each quart of water in the vase. The salicylic acid slows the aging process to cut flowers.
Use Alka-Seltzer to make a vase sparkle! Have a hard to clean vase? Fill with water, drop in 2 Alka-Seltzer tabs and wait 10 mins. The effervescent action lifts the grime your can't reach.
So that is enough good tips for now. We have tons more to share so stay tuned. Give some of these a try and let us know how it works.
Everyone dreams about growing fruit trees in garden containers. How fun to see them grow, pick them when they are ripe and eat them in all their fresh deliciousness. Imagine how fresh, no pesticides, how fresh no sitting in a truck and being transported these fruits will be.
You can grow a vase selection of fruits in garden containers. Tree fruits, citrus & tropical fruits can all be grown not only in garden planters but indoors. If you are up to the challenge growing your own food can be so rewarding. And, cheaper!
The first place to start is always finding a garden container. Always go for planters with drain holes, make sure the planter is large enough and find containers that meet your decor needs. Next is to learn how to maintain the type of fruit you choose and then find seeds or starter plants.
Below is the list of the ones recommended for containers:
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.
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.
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.
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.
When choosing a plant to pot up a great tip to keep in mind is to select a plant that highlights the strength of the pot and creates a balance.
Check how fast the plant grows. You don't want to put a fast growing plant in an undersized container. It will become root bound and needs to be re-potted within a year. You can continue to trim it but it will look like a small sock on a big food. Out of place!
Check out the root system. Is it trailing or short and stubby. Make sure there is room to handle those roots without over crowding. Herbs tend to travel so make sure that you keep them in smallish containers and keep them trimmed that way they won't take over the whole yard but stay contained in the planter.
Short on cash? How about using plants already around the yard. Bedding plants look good in containers. Know where you will put the planter once it's planted? Find plants that will like the amount of sunshine the pot will get. This is important because a shade loving plant will not like being potted and placed in an area where direct sunshine will hit it.
Try using ground cover from around the yard to pot. Forget-me-knots or campanula which tends to be invasive. Do you plants bloom in colors. Try limiting a container to one color for a unified look. If you are into a more eclectic look then pack all colors into one pot and have an explosion of color to view.
Harmonizing plants? Well, it's pretty much up to you. Do you really like one type of plants like succulents, cactus, flowering greens or all green and no flowers? The more complimentary the planters look the more natural the grouping will appear.
Have you ever purchased a beautiful potted succulent at the neighborhood garden center then take it home and kill it before you can even get it transplanted? Well we have. Watering succulents can be the trickiest part of growing and maintaining them.
Everyone struggles with this issue even the most educated gardener. So, here are a few tips to help you master your own issues. And, the next time you visit your garden center looking for a new potted succulent you will know that you now have the tips to keep your plants happy.
Let's start with a few obvious issues. Always use a garden container with drain holes. Succulents don't like sitting in standing water. Next make sure you have well draining soil. Succulents don't like to sit in wet soil for very long. Having well draining soil in your planter with a drain hole is critical. Don't use a spray bottle when watering. Succulents like to be soaked not sprayed. Water in between your plants then on top of them.
When you soak the soil only, this tell the succulents to drink up because a drought is coming. Once you water don't do it again until the soil is completely dry. This takes a few days. As a general rule if you are using the correct soil mix is to water every 4 days or so. If you live in a arid climate like Arizona, then you will water more often than a humid climate like Oregon. Just look at the roots and see if they are too wet they will rot and die. If too dry they will stop growing.
Hopefully you know have some great tips to help when growing and maintaining your potted succulents. Just keep your eyes on the way the plants look and try your best to make the right adjustments. It may not always work but you are on your way to having a better chance of success.
With a lot of folks looking to go eco-friendly around the house we are starting to see more wanting to grow their own food in garden containers. They don't like the selection at the store or the thought of feeding their family with produce that has been sprayed with pesticides.
So, if you are thinking about possibly growing your own food on a small level and want the easiest way that uses less space then try potting up some veggies.
When it comes to selecting a garden container most types will do. The main thing to look for are drain holes. Most veggie don't like their roots sitting in standing water so make sure that if the pots you select don't have holes - you drill them. We like terracottabecause the clay is meant to breathe which is super healthy for all roots systems. The water will soak into the sides of the pots and help retain the moisture. Glazed, Poly Resin, Concrete, will all work well. Make sure they are large enough for the vegetables to grow with room to expand.
Here are a few suggestions:
> Beetroot: These are great container crops. Sow a few seeds in the pot every couple of weeks and you'll be harvesting all summer.
> Radish - They are trouble free and ready to harvest in as little as a month.
> Potatoes - They don't need lots of room to grow just deep soil.
> Chard - The color makes this an attractive crop also. Thin out seedlings.
> Tomatoes - Keep evenly watered to prevent the fruit from splitting. Feed with fertilizer.
> Salad Leaves - The ultimate container crop. Sow a variety and grow as long as you keep harvesting the leaves. How easy is that?
> Carrots - Like potatoes they just need deep soil to grow well.
> Chilies - Perfect for a windowsill, the warmer the conditions the spicier.
> Lettuce - Perfect for potting. Sow one or two at intervals so they don't all mature at the same time. > Salad Onions - Great for containers because they don't need deep soil and are easy to grow. > Spinach - Great to keep cutting and regrowing in pottery. > Garden Herbs - We are all familiar with potted herbs. So Easy & fun to do.