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Garden Of Peace



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Tips for creating your own peaceful garden by following these easy tips.

Everyone wants to create an area in their yard where you can find peace, serenity and quiet time for mediation and reflection.  It is not all that difficult if you are willing to look inward and get deeply personal and open to trying a few suggestions.  How about a place to escape from the daily stress that surrounds us all.  Take your time and be open to some of these suggestions and you will be greatly rewarded.

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Visualize your garden ideal:  To relax and connect to your garden you need to create something that speaks directly to you.  This means a safe place from your childhood, whether that means potted fragrant plants  you love or stones from a river you loved to visit. Try to copy the feel you remember and find restful and comfortable.  Use colored pottery that expresses your moods.  Light blue or bright red can speak to you in completely different ways.  Find your mojo!

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Plan your privacy.  Nobody wants to go to the back yard to rest and find yourself looking at your neighbors over the fence.  Ideally you want an enclose of some sort. This can be an area surrounded by large planters with bamboo, trees or palms in them.  You can even do a gazebo or a portable awning that will give you a canopy.  This gives a sense of protection and privacy that you desire.

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Fun elements:  How about adding a water fall or garden bowl.  The sound of water flowing is very peaceful.  Wind Chimes soothe you or a birdbath that will attract birds chirping?  Glass globes that reflect light and fire pits and torches that light up the night. Lay down carpets for warmth and color and add lots of comfortable pillows to relax in.  This is the time to have fun and get creative.

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And lastly, keep comfort in mind.  Have a comfortable chair or garden bench handy.  Maybe a chaise to relax or a table to write.  Use your privacy garden for yoga or pilates where you can exercise slowly in the fresh air and sunlight.  Keep a storage box to hold towels and mats so they are ready to go.  Garden art or statues are always beautiful.  Buddha or St Francis statues make these privacy areas very personal for prayer.

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 3:00:32 PM 

Tiny Pots



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Every one loves tiny pots.  Right now the rage is tiny homes, tiny cars, tiny pots...why not!!!
Small garden containers are big on charm but quick to dry out.  Keep your tiny pots in tip top shape by following these easy tips.

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Place your tiny pot containers where you unwind in the evening or drink your morning coffee.  That way you won't forget to water them.  Group your small pots together for a big visual appeal and easy one stop watering.  Try grouping them by color, style or type.  All red pots, all terra-cotta planters, all colors of the rainbow.  This is the time to get creative and playful.

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Get your creative juices flowing when it comes to selecting the containers.  Use coffee mugs, decorative saucers, children's toys, baskets, bowls or birdhouses.  Any type of container that can hold a small amount of potting soil and water

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Fill your tiny pots with similar plants that have similar watering needs.  All succulents, cactus, sedums....preferably drought hardy plants.  Mix all greens or add a mix of colors to create a cohesive look.  If you have room, top the potting soil with small pebbles. The rocks will keep the moisture in the soil from evaporating.  Idea:  top with colored rocks, small beads, small toys.

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Finally if you set your containers in a saucer of sand the sand will absorb excess drainage and then allow the pots to wick moisture back up as they dry out.  Damp sand also makes great sipping stations for butterflies.  So you get double the loveliness!

We all love small decorative containers.  If you just head the warning about watering you should be able to create some lovely and playful creations that will last a long time and bring smiles to everyone face.

Enjoy!

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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 11:45:49 AM 

Small Space Garden Center



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Right now the trend is "Little Houses" or Miminalists.  Our younger generations no longer want the mega mansions with lots of upkeep and unused space.  So today we are talking about the little space garden bench.  Proving that you don't need a ton of space to get organized and grow a garden.  Here are our tips

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Get Organized:  Whether is a small house or a small garden bench you need to be organized. There is no room for items not used or taking up space.  A hardworking potting bench is to gardeners what a well stocked pantry is to a chef.

Start with a seed planner.  Keep a small notebook or a collection of empty seed packets to remind you of what you tried, what worked and want you want to give a go of.  There is computer apps for your cell phone that will also help with this step.  The point is to keep a small record for reference.

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Organize your small garden tools in empty flowerpots, burlap bins or metal cans.  This keep them all in one place, out of the way and can be a decorative touch to your garden bench.  Woven baskets also work so you can fill them with gloves, hand lotion, whisk brooms, garden tools and scissors.  Get creative.

If your garden bench doesn't not have shelves built in then place it next to a wall so that you can hang shelves on the wall.  These shelves can be used for holding the flowerpots and bins talked about above, they can also have hooks on them so you can hang hand tool, watering cans and lightweight pots from.  Try to offer as many ways as possible to keep items organized.

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Use small garbage cans with lids for potting mix and other storage containers for fertilizer, straw and other items for pottery toppers.  Keep your garden hose in a large ceramic pot come winter.  Stack all your clean garden planters at the end of each season by the bench so that they are ready to go come Spring.

When it comes to how much space you set aside for a potting and planting area it can be as small as a shelf on blocks, a folding table you can take down, a piece of furniture like a dresser you can turn into a gardening and planting bench or a card table.  Get creative!

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Lastly, organize all the items above in a decorative way that shows your artistic taste.  Paint the bench in bright bold colors, keep the natural wood look that you love so much or use 2 or 3 colors to match the porch or patio area where it will be displayed.  The point of this is to get organized and have fun. 

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Post Last Updated: 3/13/2018 9:15:55 AM 

Moving Large Containers



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As a very first step to consider before buying, planting & placing large garden containers is where do you want them to be placed.  It's totally practical to place the pots before you fill them with gravel, pot shards, potting mix and plant materials.  The added weight all these items will add make it cumbersome to move the pot after added.  If you have to move your garden pots after then here are a few tips to help.

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When it comes to moving large garden pots for whatever reason may arise you can use wooden dollies made for this purpose, they make plastic saucer with wheels on them or purchase a pot lifter that we sell that works very well.  All are great for moving large pots but just make sure they can handle the weight before trying any of these methods.

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Sometimes you can use a hand truck to move heavy pottery so that you are not putting all the weight of large planters on your back.  You may need to ask a neighbor or yard person to help out.  If you have to move it up or down steps try using 2 wooden planks to form a ram you can slid the large container down or up on.

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We have even seen a piece of cardboard placed under the flower pot making it easier to slide the pot along a patio surface.  All in all the most important point is to place the planter where it needs to stay before you plant it.  And, of course don't water it right before moving so that the potting soil is lighter and not weighed down from the moisture.

Once moved, leave the plant alone so it can climatise to the new location.  This is not the time to trim or cut back a potted plant.  It has already been thru enough of a shock, having been moved.

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Post Last Updated: 3/12/2018 3:20:42 PM 

Modern Garden Designs Using Containers



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We don't talk much about Modern garden designs in the Pottery Post blog but today we thought we would share some thoughts and see what you think.  Since modern garden designs are generally geometric, abstract, and use little plant materials they are not what most would consider when designing a patio or yard area.  Mostly contemporary they are designed in the minimalist approach where less is more.  The garden containers used now become the main focus with artistic touches or where opposite happens and the plants are the accent point and the pottery is mostly hidden and minor.

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It's not that you don't like traditional gardens and landscaping it's that you desire a more simple, feel and look that reflects your personal desire for outdoor living.  Since many modern garden containers can be cold, abstract and plain looking they will need a plant that will add something to the design element.  Like for an example a concrete wok planter with no pattern or even rolled rim edges is fairly simple and plain.  But place a spiky cactus or succulent in the center and it can explode out the top creating a lively display.

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Try to consider a Modern garden container  a joining of two design elements.  Simple, plain, abstract all matched with color, unique plants and minimal displays.  Usually you wont see a lot of plant materials mixed but a few displayed distinctive.  Plants are not just tools meaning just stick one into a pot and hope for the best.  Try to provide a variety of choices that make sense.  Example - different succulents, all colorful flowers or evergreens with no color.

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Instead of just trying to fill space think of modern designs as an art form.  Maybe use a few garden containers that stand tall, proud and empty.  Display them as artwork instead of a garden planter.  A cigar jar shape usually fits this need.  Size matters here.  You do not want a small planter sitting in the center of a display that is undersized and gets lost in the surrounding plant materials.

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Lastly, when starting out a great place to begin your planning is visualizing the term "Negative Space".  This means the space between things.  It truly creates a space for the mind and the eye to rest because it is the area where the lest is going on.  It allows you to be able to sit there and breathe.  There are no hard rules when it comes to designing this way.  Just take a deep breathe and get creative.

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Post Last Updated: 3/7/2018 11:30:01 AM 

Creative Containers



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We want to provide some fresh
container ideas to brighten up your garden or patio areas.  Give some of these ideas a go and let us know how they work out for you.

If you have to have a habit when it comes to your garden and patio areas why not make it trying to create new planters for your home.  Planted pots offer color, fragrance and beauty to all areas of your home.  By using beautiful flowers or lots of green houseplants you can create wonderful combinations that are decorative.

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When thinking about how to create wonderful and healthy garden containers you have a number of things to consider.  Start with the plants needs.  Most colorful containers start with considering the soil, water, food and light needs your plants need.  You don't want water logged roots which will rot if there are no drain holes in the pottery.  Make sure to replenish nutrients that leach from the soil by fertilizing containers weekly.

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Choose sunny spots if necessary.  When you choose plants think about where that container will sit when it comes to sun needs.  Try not to mix plants that have different needs so that they will all get along at the same time.  Avoid mixing them up to much and try planting one type of plant or flower at a time.

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Make sure you use the correct potting soil so that your plants are given the best shot for a healthy production of color and growth.  When picking plants pick a combination of richly hued foliage and ruffled leaves and texture if possible.  Finally clustering containers together makes a wonderful and colorful display that really brightens up a porch or patio.

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Post Last Updated: 2/28/2018 3:08:51 PM 

Garden Chores for March



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What to do in the garden in the month of March

Spring is coming March 20th and it is long overdue.  It has been months of cold and dark and people are tired of this weather.  Here are some tips to start to consider to give you something to look for.

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Potted Snapdragons, marigolds, petunias, violas, and dianthus can handle cool days.  This means you will find them at your local garden center.  You can pot them up now with success.  Veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, kale and onions will also do fine.  Wait for warm days for impatiens, basil and tomatoes to pot up.

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Potted vines offer vertical solutions for color, fragrance and shade on patio walls, and garden fences.  They look lovely when draped over the side of most planters to add a new dimension. Good choices are jasmine, honeysuckle and cross vines.  They are colorful and very fragrant.

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Now is the time to shop for roses to plant in our garden containers.  When placed on a patio or porch they offer stunning beauty and wonderful scents.  You can find bare root selections now.  By planting them early you encourage good root development.  Be sure and add organic matter in the soil to help with drainage and improve fertility.

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Lastly, if you have potted up some cool season grasses in your garden planters to get you thru the winter months, now is the time to fertilize those planters to help promote grow thru the warmer months ahead.  Bluegrass, ryegrass and others all love the types of fertilizers that are made for their particular types.

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Post Last Updated: 2/28/2018 2:38:45 PM 

Vines & Climbers for Garden Planters



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We try to offer great suggestions for creating garden planters and today we want to talk about vines or climbers that are perfect for pottery.  Adding a vertical touch to all kinds of planters is not as hard to do as it seems. When you display a cluster of different pots with plant materials it always looks best when you use different sizes and heights.  Here are the best climbing vines we think that will add a elegant touch to any garden pot.

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Ivy - There is nothing that works better and is used more often then placing trailing ivy draping over the outer rim of a garden planter.  It has the ability to twist and turn so it can easily fill in where you want it to most.  This is a great place to start because it is the most common and easy to use.  What we truly love is the different foliage it offers.  From deep green to variegated and it stays green all year long.

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Morning Glory - It's one of those you will really enjoy because of the colorful blooms it has.  Not only is it really easy to grow but it adds lots of color and beauty with it's flowers.  This is one plant you don't want to grow in the ground because it will take over any garden area. It's durable and wild.  Stake it in a garden pot and it train it to go up for a wonderful vertical dispaly.

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Climbing Hydrangea - We love this for containers that are in the shade or partial shade.  It's grows pretty aggressively so you may want to pot it up by itself.  It also needs a large planter to grow in and doesn't like being contained by a small container.  Hydrangea is know for being fragrant so it's perfect for a patio or porch where the fragrance can greet your guest.

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Bougainvillea - In Arizona we know this plant well. It really does great in the warm climate and it's stunning colorful flowers add so much to our desert landscape.  Unfortunately it has barbs on it and is not the most fun to keep trimmed and under control.  It's considered more of a shrub because it grows out and not just up.  You may have to protect this plant in winter months.

Here are a few suggestions that we hope interest you.  If you give one a try let us know how you did. We would love to hear from you.

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Post Last Updated: 1/17/2018 2:00:52 PM 

Start the New Year Fresh



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What's not to love?  It's a brand new year with brand new goals.  Do any of those included gardening?  We certainly hope so. January is the goal setting month and now is the perfect time to dig right in.  As always the winter months turn your garden and patio into a stark area full of colorless flowers and spent blooms.  Take a look at it again.  Look at your garden and patio again.

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How did your potted garden planters do last year?  Did the flowers, or evergreens you planted last all season, did you like the way they looked?  Now is the time to look to the past to assess for the future.  Do you think your planters could use some new potting soil?  If so then replace it.  There is nothing that will kill a wonderful potted garden pot faster than old, nutrient depleted potting mix.

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How do your garden pottery look?  Are you concrete planters chipped or the terracotta clay garden bowls and pots starting to wear?  Now would be a good time to research new planters.  There are great lightweight pots that will last a lifetime, new sandstone designs and colors.  How about a colorful glazed cigar jar or piece of pottery that looks like artwork?

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Then think about what you will plant this year.  More of the same because you had such great success with the plant materials and the pottery look that you have used in the past?  Great then go for it!

Need to upgrade?  Well you know where to look.  At ArizonaPottery.com we strive to find unique and well made pottery planters and pot accessories that we believe will help you create a backyard oasis for as inexpensively as possible.

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Lastly, check our your garden tools, hand gloves, garbage bags etc.  There is nothing worse then getting into a new season or planting and decorating and find out that everything needs to be upgraded.  You may even find super sales this time of year when planting is out of season.  Don't wait till Spring.

So go outside, take a look around you.  Dream and imagine and make your dreams come true. We are hear to help.

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Post Last Updated: 1/3/2018 11:55:56 AM 

Transition Containers To Winter



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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