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Just Add Water



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No space for a pond?  No problem.  Did you know you can create a water world in a garden container?  Who doesn't like to look at or listen to water when on the patio, porch or in the garden.

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Of course when trying to select a container you need to consider all your choices.  Plastic buckets, colorful waterproof laundry baskets or garden pottery and containers where the drain hole has been plugged.  Just make sure the container needs to be able to hold water.  If for example you like the look of terracotta and really want to turn a terra-cotta container into a pond you can always line it with  black flexi pond liners.  They are easily cut to fit and will give you the illusion of depth when viewed thru the water.

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Next choose the plant materials.  There are really a lot to choose from.  Aquatic plants that you buy can simple be placed inside your water garden container.  There is no need to repot them in another medium.  Just add a few floating plants for a finished look.  When it comes to chooses you can go with submerged plants which grow partly in and partly out of the water in full sun or shade.  Or floating plants like lilies like elephant ears.  Lastly shoreline plants like paprus which grow to 18 inches and add height.

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Whether or not you choose to have a pump that will circulate the water or create a fountain is up to you.  You will have to contact them for further information but they are great options to consider.

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Control algae in your container by limiting its sunlight and nutrients.  Place the pot out of direct sun and include underwater and floating plants that elbow algae out and shade the waters surface.  Above all else.  Use what you like and think is attractive, find that perfect spot for the container and give it a go.  You never know, this maybe the best garden feature you will own.

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Post Last Updated: 6/19/2018 2:49:45 PM 

How to Grow a Avocado Plant from Seed



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If you have read any health magazines you are probably already eating avocado.  Well, have you ever thought about potting up that big seed and seeing what will grow?  Many of us had the experience of trying to grow a avocado seed in school, where you poked holes in the sides of the seed with tooth picks and suspended the seed above a glass of water.  Yep, remember that?  Anyway, here are a few updated tips that will help you grow a real plant that you can pot up and keep.

First if you think that once you pot the seed and grow the plant you will be harvesting avocados that isn't going to happen.  Even if you get fruit it won't be quality fruit.  But, you can grow a healthy FREE houseplant that is lovely.

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1.  Remove the seed from a ripe avocado.  Don't hit the seed with a knife but pull it out gently with your hand.  Clean under warm water.  Wrap seed in damp paper towel.  Place in plastic food bag (not zipper) and store in a dark cupboard.  Check every 4 days or so for germination.  Ensure the towel stays damp.

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2.  When the seed germinates it will gradually crack open and a root will grow from deep inside the seed.   Don't break open the seed.  Just leave it alone.  When the root reaches 3" long it is ready to pot up.

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3.  Start with a 8" flowerpot that has drain holes. Avocado plants like good drainage so use a new potting mix with perlite or sand to help out.  Plant the seed with the bottom and roots aiming down into the pot.  The bottom is the flat broader end.

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4.  Fill the pot halfway with potting meet and place the seed.  Add more soil till the top inch of the seed is above level.  Water until moist not damp and add more potting soil to the garden planter as needed.  Place in a warm, draft free location with indirect sunlight.

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Tips:  Avocados are tropical plants so they like warm, growing conditions and can NOT dry out.  Use consistent watering and mist if necessary.  Fertilize ever 3 months.  That is it. No toothpicks involved.  

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Post Last Updated: 2/28/2018 9:17:39 AM 

Indoor Cat Garden




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If you have little furry cats around you house, then this post if for you. In Arizona it is dangerous to let you cats outside, so our cats are considered indoor animals. That means you have to be aware of any potted flowers or plants that you bring into the home.  If you want to
pot up some plants it is best to google it to see if they are toxic to cats or not.

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When it comes to cats wanting to use your potted plants as a litter box we suggest you cover the top soil with pot shards, colored rocks or toothpicks.  Anything works that the cats don't want to touch their feet and makes them uncomfortable.

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Now we want to talk about the substance of this post and that is to create a indoor cat garden just for your little furry indoor friends.  By planting things like cat grass you can cure their craving for greens. This gives them a chance to eat the leaves that are both healthy and tasty to them without any issues.  But don't just pot up food, make it decorative and fun so that everyone not only the cats get to enjoy looking at it.

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Here are some plants that we recommend.  Cat grass, Catnip, Parsley, Mint & Rosemary all work great.  Select a low bowl garden container so that the cats can reach the plants without having to climb or jump.  Make sure the flowerpot is wide and low so that it can't be knocked over.  

Top the soil with decorative rocks and little figurines to create a cute look that is both playful and functional.  The rocks will keep the cats from using it as a litter box.  Place the pot in a sunny window and keep the soil moist so that the herbs will grow and not dry out.  Then stand back and watch your little ones gather and enjoy!

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Post Last Updated: 7/12/2017 2:31:54 PM 

Thriller, Spiller & Filler Garden Planters



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You just hit the local nursery and you now find yourself at home staring at some plants, soil and a garden planter. Now what to do to assure you have the best display in your container?

Start with the basics.  Make sure you garden planter has a drain hole. If it doesn't you will need to have the pot drilled.  Don't skip this set but it's really important that water drain off and not sit in the bottom of the pottery.  Next make sure you have some good potting soil. This really is important. You don't want to use soil from the ground. This simply will not be a healthy start to your new plants and it will inhibit the growth

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Now design.  Well here is the big tip - Make sure you have a thriller, spiller and filler.  Sounds simple enough right!  The thriller is the main, eye catching plant.  It usually has some height to it like a grass or spiky plant.  You want it shooting out of the garden planter and looking dramatic.

Now what is a spiller? Well this is the plant that will drape down the side of the garden planter or yard container. Like a vinica, or ivy.  It will spill out over the top of the planter and add interest and depth. You don't not want all your flowering plants and grasses to be just on the top layer.  Add some length and another level.

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Lastly is the filler.  These are the colorful flowers you want to plant that will fill out the pot and give it a dome shape.  Geraniums are a great choice along with marigolds and verbenas.  They last, have lots of color and will fill out your garden planter beautifully.

Once you make sure you have all 3 pieces of the container puzzle it's really easy to do.  Plant the thriller in the center of the pot.  The fillers around the middle pot and the spillers around the outer edge of the container.  As they grow they will blend beautifully and give you the more stunning flower pot display.  

Place on a patio, porch or in a garden area where it can be admired for many months.  Good luck!
 
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Post Last Updated: 6/27/2017 11:52:32 AM 

Easter Flower Pot Idea



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Easy Easter Craft Project using a clay flower pot!
Start with a nice smooth Italian clay flower pot.  Make sure it is clean. If there are any finger prints or marks on it, just wash with warm water and soap and rinse good.  Dry completely.  

Take Folk Art acrylic Paint and stencils purchased at Michael's craft stores.  Lay the stencil on the pot where you want it placed.  Squirt some paint on a paper plate.  Dip the stencil brush end into the paint and make little circles on the stencil to transfer the paint.  Don't get the brush to full. If you do dab some of it off.

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It doesn't take much to paint on the design. If you keep the brush fairly dry you won't get the leaks under the stencil.  The Folk Art stencils have a sticky back to help it stick to the pot surface.  They are easy to clean up also.

Once the pot is finished, fill with floral foam.  Top with shredded paper and then stick the items you purchased around the pot into the foam until you get the desired look.

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At the end of the Easter Season, you can take it all out and have a great flowerpot to plant in.  

Source:  Petticoatjunktion

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Valentine Clay Flowerpot DIY Project



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With Valentine's Day approaching we thought it would be fun to see a DIY project that turns a plain clay flowerpot into something special.
Make this loving pot from Inspirations By D.

Take a plain clay flower pot in any size you want.  Make sure it has a matching saucer.  Wash the pot if it has already been used and make sure it's completely dry.

Paint the pot and saucer using a acrylic white paint and a sponge brush.  Let dry completely.  Take chalkboard paint available at Home Depot and paint a patch on the side of the flowerpot.  You can use tape if you want the square to be perfect for you can free style for a more home grown look.

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Let the chalkboard paint dry on the side of the clay garden pot.  Then write a short message on the chalkboard.  Put the receiver's name, or write LOVE like the example shown.  Either way this is your time to be personal.

You can drop a nursery pot directly into this painted clay pot so that you don't have to even plant it.  That way when the holiday changes you can change the word on the pot and also take out the grow pot, toss it and replace with something new.  EASY!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Post Last Updated: 1/11/2017 2:16:43 PM 

DIY Tribal Painted Flower Pots



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Here is a easy, 20 mins or less, DIY pottery project.  When Laurie Cosgrove [lauriecosgrove.com] for full instructions, was wanting something fast and simple she made these wonderful and colorful flowerpots painted with a tribal feel to them. Perfect for planting in come next Spring.

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Start with smooth terracotta flowerpots.  Our's are perfect because they are imported from Italy and have velvety smooth sides. Not like Chinese or Mexican pottery which is very porous.  Cover the flowerpots with chalkboard paint from Home Depot.

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Use colorful paint to trim the rim of the flowerpots and the saucers that fit under them.  Go to Pinterest to find patterns you like and can be inspired by.  Detail on with small brushes or as she likes to use, a sponge brush.  Either way decorating the flowerpot should be fun and creative.  

Have a go and share with us how it went!

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Pots Within Pots



Pots in Pots

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Creating this wonderful arrangement is not all that hard.  If you look closely it's just pots inside of the large pots and then filled in with broken pot pieces. Before we get ahead of ourselves let's step back a bit.

First you want to get together all the broken pot pieces you have laying around. If you don't have any then it's time to find the inside pots first.  This will help when deciding the largest pot for the outside.  Get all the pottery pieces together.  Lay out a small pattern on the ground with where you think the pieces of pottery will fit the best.

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Next get the largest pot that will hold all the pieces of pot shards & other smaller pots.  Fill the base with potting soil.  Next place the medium size pot inside the large pot.  Fill around it with another medium pot shard and then put the smaller pots in front.  Fill the space in the back with soil and place the med large pot there.  You should now have the arrangement you want. 

If this isn't exactly right, keep replacing pieces with others till you get the right layout.  Now it's time to fill the pots and shards with the plants, succulents or cactus.  Place them into the pots and fill the pots with soil as you move around from pot to pot.  Leave enough head space to place the decorative rocks.

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If any of the pots or pot shards move then pack in more soil till its holding them firmly in place.  Phew... now sprinkle lightly with water trying not to water the plants themselves but the soil they are planted in.  Once the soil is moist you should be able to top the pots with decorative rocks.

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Post Last Updated: 1/3/2017 4:23:00 PM 

Bring Spring Inside During Winter



Who Wants Spring In Winter?  We do!

Are you tired of Winters harsh weather yet?  Better not be because it just started.  We have many more months of dreaming about our potted flowers & patio planters before they can come to life.  So, in the mean time we have a quick & easy project that will bring a touch of Spring indoors.

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Get a few terracotta garden planters.  Of course we love our because they are not only available in many sizes but the clay is a stunning product that imports to us from Italy.  Select a few sizes that will work great for planting indoor herbs.  The look of one size of pot all lined up in the kitchen window is also very popular and pleasing!

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Make sure the pots are clean and dry before painting.  Coat each pot with white paint and let dry completely.  Then using grit paper rub the areas on the pottery where you want the terracotta to show through. This gives the pots the distressed look we are going for.  Rub the lips, the sides and around the base to create an interesting pot.


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Now fill with potting soil and herbs purchased at your local nursery or garden center.  Not only are these lovely but they smell so nice.  Now you have your own European Distressed looking flowerpots but you have added a touch of Spring to your indoors.
 
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Post Last Updated: 1/3/2017 2:11:27 PM 

DIY Flowerpot Makeovers



Turn Plain Flowerpots Into Something Special
DIY Pot Makeovers!

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See what a little gold paint can do to transform a plain, old flowerpot from
Garden Therapy.  Gilding items this time of year of popular and really in the holiday spirit.

Start with a clay flowerpot with no texture. We recommend out Italian Flowerpots because the clay is smooth and compact, even through porous.  However the best looking finish came from a plastic pot.  It lets the shine really come thru.

First clean the pot with soap and water.  Rinse well and allow to dry. Place the pots upside down on cardboard.  Shake the can of paint long enough to mix or you will have issues.  Spray the pots evenly. Let dry.  That's it.


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The next idea came from Climerphotography.com  French Pot DIY

Terracotta planters
Old plastic cup & stir stick
White paint - Gray Paint
Paper Towels
Rough Sand Paper
Parchment Paper
Credit or Gift card you can use to apply pressure

Mix paint in old cup, more white than grey. Wad up paper towel dip in paint and start rubbing on the pot.  When you achieve the look you like, let the pot dry completely. Sand the pot lightly.

Take a graphic you printed on a 8 x 10 piece of parchment paper on a plain old style printer. It doesn't have to be a laser printer.  Cut to size & starting with the center, press it down on your pot. Use the credit card, press & smooth the parchment without moving it.  Carefully life off .  Let your ink dry completely.

That's it.  Fun Times!

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