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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone who has ever keep indoorpotted houseplants knows that many times they will attract bugs and it can become an constant battle. So much so that you just want to toss them out and start over every Spring. We'll here are a few tips that make the process of keeping your potted houseplants bug free from season to season.
Potted houseplant go into a dormancy period during Winter which means during this time they are more likely to pick up a pest. They are weaker and more vulnerable. So use caution during this time of year and be extra aware.
We recommend starting with clean flowerpots and new potting soil. Don't skimp on this initial stage it can make a big difference on your success later. Make sure your plants didn't bring home any bugs from the nursery or landscape center where purchased. Look on the underside of all leaves.
Make sure to keep checking them occasionally so you can catch any issues early. If you do find an issue, then isolate the pot for a week or so till you make sure it's deal with. If you do find a pest issue then there are many things you can do from rinsing them off and then washing the leaves to purchasing a product at your local nursery and landscape center. The main thing to take away from this is to catch any issues early.
Having lush potted houseplants indoors especially during the Winter months is easy to do if you apply a few of the suggestions above.
As the days stay dark longer and the wind blows colder outside, it's time to take stock of what is happening inside. Do you need some life or color indoors? How about warming up the place with some life?
Now is the time we suggest focusing on your houseplants & indoor gardening needs. Below are some suggestions for easy to grow indoor plants that will add everything that is currently missing.
You may remember this houseplant because it's been around for years and is still very popular. Spider Plant - with it's legs shooting up and out and thin petals. They come in different varieties from dark green to light with cream or white stripes.
They are great for planting in a bright colorful flowerpot or hanging in an empty corner of a room where some color & life is needed. Super easy to care for this one is a good one to pot up inside with great success. We love the brightly colored high gloss planter. Its boldness compliments the plants muted colors.
Have you ever heard of the houseplant Peperomia? Well we hadn't till we saw this on the Better Homes & Garden Website. They are a diverse group of small houseplants with waxy and often highly textured leaves. Red edge (pictured) has a narrow band of read surrounding a wide creamy leaf margins.
This potted houseplant is colorful, waxy leaves add color and they don't take up much room. Not good around dogs or cats because it's poisonous. We love this houseplant in a brightly colored pot where the top has a large opening so the broad leaves can burst out.
Probably our favorite suggestion for a potted indoor plant is this English Ivy. Commonly grown outdoors and used as ground cover this plant makes a perfect houseplant. Set it up high on a mantle where it's stems can trail down or train the stems onto a topiary form to create a more formal, English style effect. It's really easy to use cuttings off of.
Snip a 5" long piece of the stem, remove the bottom leaves and pot it up in moist soil. Keep it moist and in a couple of weeks it should root. AWESOME! PottingEnglish Ivy up for indoors is fun and creative. Using a garden urn like the photo is really unique and lovely. But, ivy grows great in most pots, just be sure to place the planters where the ivy can trail.
Green Dracaena - offer solid green leaves or multi colored foliage. All form compact rosettes when young but will eventually open up and become lovely. They tolerate low light but produce better color in medium to bright light. These look fantastic in brightly colored garden planters or pots with a pattern on them.
Here are a few great tips we saw at familyhandyman.com for low maintenance landscape ideas that will work great for garden planters.
1. Instead of throwing away empty laundry detergent containers, rinse them out thoroughly and then recycle them for watering your potted planters. Drill 1/8" holes in the top of the cap, and a 1/2" hole just above the handle to relieve pressure so the water flows freely. Easy to make and handy to use, this is a great tip for many reasons. We love the idea of recycling the container and the potted plants will love the added attention and water!
2. Use ice to prevent fast draining. Tired of water draining too quickly through your hanging planters? Try this ice cube trick. They will melt slowly enough so plants can absorb as much water as they need. Perfect tip for hot summers like here in Arizona. Hanging pots are such a lovely addition to any patio or porch that you need to take the time to treat them right. This ice cube trick is the perfect way!
Well these are just a few tips for your potted containers, and each is really great. Give them a try and share with us how they work!
Growing hens and chicks is super easy and fun to do. Here are a few tips to consider when trying your hand at this garden project!
Most potted hens and chick love full on sun. Part time sun is fine but don't place a potted planter in the shade. Get them out there and show them off.
Always provide good drainage. If you select a planter without drain holes, then they should be drilled. Don't over water these babies and don't underwater in the full on heat of summer.
You can buy starters at most garden centers but we can guarantee that you will never have to buy them again. They are easy to divide and they will reproduce like mad.
It's alright to leave them outside during winter but moving them indoors is not a bad idea either, especially in case of extreme cold spells. Be aware of the type of planter that you use that in case of cold the pot won't break.
Potted Hens and Chicks are so much fun to play with. There are a number of varieties to choose from and any container will truly come alive with them spilling out the sides.
Growing delicious fresh lettuce right in your own backyard garden planters or garden bowls, is easy and fun to do. Now is the time to be doing it because the weather is cooler and fall has arrived. Of course you can plant in decorative and imported pottery from ArizonaPottery or you can plant in the garden. Either way you will love the rich colors and textures not to mention outstanding flavors that you can achieve.
Even if you are just looking for a way to fill a few empty planters sitting on your patio, by potting these lettuces you will fill your planters with rich colors of red, browns, bright greens and more. You can even plant them along side the violas or pansies that are so popular right now. This is a great way to compliment the flowers already growing. Most people love the idea of growing their own garden greens. It sure makes it easy to know where your food is coming from!!!!
If this is your first time then start by purchasing the plant materials that are ready to go right into your garden pottery. You can buy lettuce as individual or as mixes, which ever you prefer. Remember just don't plant them to deep and water gently. If you want to start by seeds instead you will get more variety and selection to choose from. Follow the instruction on the seed packets and you should have great
Next, select the garden planter or pottery bowl that you are going to pot into. If you want to grow the lettuce in large garden planters sitting on your deck or patio that is fine. If you want to add a touch of pizazz to your garden area, then select a 12" or larger planter bowl that is decorating and compliments your decor. Make sure you have a saucer if it will sit on a table.
Lettuce likes loose, well draining potting soil not garden soil. Make sure you water regularly and geed with fertilizer when needed. Lettuce can take light frost but not heavy frost. During super cold weather, cover with garden fabric or move the planters into the garage for protections. The best way to harvest lettuce is to pick only the outer leaves near the bottom so the plant can keep growing.
When these willow cages are set into terracotta pots and planted with colorful flowers, they provide a focal point all season long in your garden or patio areas. This cage takes about 2 hrs to make, and all the materials are easy to come by. Give it a go and let us know how you did.
Pencil thick willow switches make up the hoops. You will need two 42" long, four 36" long and four 26" long. The cage looks best when it is a bit taller than the pot it sits in. The measurements here are for a 11" terracotta clay azalea pot, which is wider than tall. It also has nearly vertical walls, which help the cage sit in it snugly.
Peel the leaves and snip off the side branches from the switches. Cut the two best looking 42" long for the main hoops. Cut four thick switches 36" for the middle and found 26" for the lower. Mark the inside of the potat the 12 o'clock spot and again at 3,6 & 9 o'clock spots. Put the two main hoops inside the pot at right angels to each other so that each end sticks 3" into the pot. Use a twist tie to hold the marked centers together. You can tape the inside of the pots to hold them together.
Then curve one of the middle hoops and place the ends on each side of one of the main hoops. The top of the curve should rest about 1/3 of the way down outside the main hoop.
The lower hoops are placed in the same way. To make the cage more stable weave the lower hoops in front of and behind the middle and main hoops where you can. Fasten the remaining intersections with twist ties.
Traditionally these cages are planted with carnations but many different types of plant materials look good in them. Try to select plants that bloom for a long time or that have nice foliage over several seasons. You can always plant bulbs in them and they look fantastic.
Place the pots on a patio or deck, or even in a mixed garden border. Stick them right into the bed. These are easy to do and lovely once made.
It's really easy and all you need to do is follow these simple steps!
Select a terracotta clay rectangle planter or one made of poly resin that has a terracotta color to it. The garden pot shown is 30" long. We offer a number of terracotta planters and poly resin that would work. Fill the window box with compost, mixing in 2 teaspoons of plant food or fertilizer. Plant the gazanias on either side of the center.
Plant the nasturtiums at each end of the terracotta container and in the center of the pot.
Plant the three brachycome plants, evenly spaced, along the front of the container and then plant the two snapdragons on either side of the central nasturtium. Water the whole container thoroughly and stand in a sunny position.
The leaves of the Alaska nasturtium look as if they have been spattered with cream paint. In this flower box they are planted with yellow flowered snapdragons, gazanias and branchycomes daisies. Stunning!
Nasturtiums are among the easiest plants to grow from seed. Start them off about 6 weeks before you plant the window box planter, potting them on to keep them growing vigorously. Plant this container in Spring.
It's that time again to talk about strawberries in garden planters. Growing berries in containers can be a great alternative for those with little garden space and those who want to keep the plants from taking over the yard. The root systems on most berries are very hardy and love to take off and take over. The key to a successful berry container is good drainage and large enough pot size that will accommodate plant growth.
While plants will vary with soil type, the basic planting is the same for berries growing in a planter versus planted directly into the soil. Fill the container about half full of planting soil mix.
Loosen the starts roots from the nursery container and place the plant in the pot leaving about 2" around the roots balls of each individual plant. Make sure it comes near the top of the pot and is not buried. The, fill the pot with remaining soil. When completely filled, water thoroughly and gently.
Caring for the berries in a planter pot or strawberry jar is easy. Plant in early spring while still dormant and place in the sun. The pots need plenty of water each week and deepening on amount of wind is blowing. Wind tends to dry out garden planters faster. Fertilize monthly with a product that is made for berries and follow instructions carefully.
Lightly prune each year and always during dormancy. Remove the old dead branches and anything that may look diseased. Protect the plants with a layer of mulch in winter and they should survive. You can always move the planterpot to a garage or greenhouse.
There are 2 main types of berries. June-bearing and ever-bearing, that obviously bloom and fruit at different times.
June-bearing begins blooming in early spring and as the days get longer, flowering decreases and the plants top bearing fruit. flowering in ever-bearing strawberries can produce fruit over a long period of time. In cooler climates this means a consistent crop of fruit. Flavor and sweetness depend on the actual variety you choose so discuss this with a person at your favorite nursery.