It's hard to think about spring coming but now is the time to start planning and purchasing bulbs. Gather the pumpkins and create a welcoming display and plant your pansies. All fun and easy things to do this October in your home, garden or yard!
Fall is the time to start planting bulbs such as daffodils, snowflakes, and Spanish bluebells. These spring blooms are some of the best perennials for all gardens. They are drought tolerant and long lived and will multiply in your yard. Plant them in a spot that will receive at least six hours of sun a day while the leaves are green.
They can take a bit of dappled light but won't bloom in shade, so take heed. These bulbs like soil that is loose and well drained. Set bulbs twice as deep as they are tall, and water well after planting. Buy your bulbs at a local nursery or online and of course select a lovely new garden planterfrom us!
Gather the pumpkins. These are so popular in October, and are found at local farmers markets, grocery stores and roadside stands. The new heirloom pumpkins are great is pastel colors and sizes. Select ones that are firm and unblemished.
Keep them cool and dry and they should last for months. A popular look this year is the pumpkin stack using a garden urn or garden planter with feet. Use varied sizes and colors and create a fantastic entry piece. Just stacking pumpkins, colorful garden mums in orange, or red planters is lovely.
Plant your pansies.....Adding fall flowers to your garden containers and flowerbeds now allows roots to get established before cold weather sets in, so don't delay. Place transplants in a sunny spot in rich, well draining soil. When planting in pots, good drainage is very important also. Be sure the pot has drain holes. Try cold tolerant pansies like Plentifall. Other flowers to plant now include dianthus, snapdragons, calendulas, and discias.
Right now it's so easy to take lovely branches, berries, nuts & fruits and make great colorful holiday displays with them. You don't even need to know how to arrange flowers. Arizona Pottery suggests that you take a garden planter and fill with these items and create a lovely fall arrangement. Here's a few suggestions.
To get this look at left all you need to do is take a Arizona Pottery Cache pot and fill with these easy items. Make sure the planter is at least 12" wide, select a muted color like the white shown. This is not the time for bright colorful containers when you are planting with bright bold plant materials. Fill the center with a piece of floral foam. Secure with floral take and then fill with a mix of branches, boughs, greens, reeds and sticks. Creating a rough mixture is the look you are trying to achieve.
When it comes to the front door the look shown to left is easy to achieve. Potted Kale is colorful, large, lush and can create a warm lovely display. Mixing the potted cabbage with colorful pumpkins in white, green and oranges really make a fun and bright display. We have a blog entry on just this type of cabbage with great photos and information. Check it out here. These giant rosettes of frilly leaves are beautiful and ornamental.
To create these simple displays you can use foliage from maples trees where the leaves are bright red and lacy. You just have to arrange them in groups by sizes and colors. The firery red is a great focal point for any display where you use a Arizona Pottery container. Use feathery green branches covered in different shades of colors. Just keep adding branches till you get the fullness you are aiming for.
This time of year it is really easy to decorate when you use the items that are found in your garden or yard areas. Arizona Pottery containers make it super simple.
This fall we recommend you fill your garden planters with lovely pansies and violas. They will make your plantersglow!!!!
The easiest way to add long lasting color to the fall garden, and the answer is simple: potted pansies & violas. They bloom prolifically and ask for a few things. They love sun (atleast 6 hours a day) and fertile well draining soil. It is also important to feed the flowers with an organic fertilizer such as blood meal alternating with a liquid plant food.
Select any size container that suits your needs since they willgrowin small and very large bunches. You can also mix in herbs such as parsley, lemon thyme, golden sage, and rosemary, as well as with veggies such as kales, chards, and mustards. Pansies and violas are always happy plants - both are ideal for new and experienced gardeners.
Here is another way to try this seasons newest blooms. Cool wave pansies that are spreading plants that love cold weather. The first thing you want to do in plant in a nice garden planter so that the roots don't spread and take over your garden. They will grow 6 inches tall but will spread if you don't contain them. This cool wave pansies works great in a hanging basket or wall pot where you will love their cascading over the sides of the planter.
Now that October has finally arrived, it's time to get out in the yard and do some garden and planter clean up. Below is a list of suggestions on things you should be doing approximately this time of year to get prepared for the fall and winter months ahead.
If you plan ahead and follow these suggestions, you will have much success in your garden pottery in the months ahead.
For blooms from winter through spring, plant cool season annuals now so they get established and start flowering before the weather turns cold. Otherwise, they may not flower until spring. Buy young plants of calendula, pansies, primrose, and snapdragons now and plant them or sow the seeds.
Select cleaned out garden pottery and make sure the soil is new. Add fertilizer now to the soil to assure a good start in the the Spring. Make sure there are no cobwebs or insects attached to the outside of the pottery. You want to start with as clean a pot as possible.
For blooms in spring, fill a big planter pot with one type of bulb, whether daffodil, hyacinth, or tulip. Fill the pot with potting soil so bulb tops will sit about 4 to 5 inches below the pot rim. Firm the soil, then set the bulbs closely together on top; a 16 inch flared pot will hold 40 to 50 tulips, daffodils, or hyacinths.
Cover the bulbs with soil, leaving about 2 inches at the top for watering space. Set the pot in a cool, shaded area, moisten the soil, and top it with mulch; water again. Move pots into full sun when leaves develop. Flowers will appear about four months after planting.
If you don't have space for multiple fruit trees, try growing a single tree with multiple fruiting branches grafted onto one root stock. For best selection, order bare root trees now for January pickup. Place these planter pots in a shaded area and mulch the top of the soil for added protection thru the cold months ahead.
October is the best month for setting out any kind of plant that's not frost tender. Ground coveres, shrubs, trees, and vines all benefit from fall planting, when temperatures are cooling and rain is on the way.
Now is the time to clean up debris. To reduce the number of sites that harbor insects and diseases over winter, pull and discard weeds, spent annuals, and vegetables. Also clean up all fruit and fallen leaves. Compost only plant debris that is free of disease, insect pests, and weeds.
Clean the outsides of all pottery to remove any insects or clotted dirt. Clean off the top soil of dead leaves and flowers and re-till the surface soil to keep it from clumping. Dead head any flowers that are spent or pinch off yellow or dying leaves.
Taking a few minutes to clean things up, planning ahead and purchasing a few products now will add assure much success next spring and summer.