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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Have you always wanted to attract butterflies to your patio or porch area? Well here are a few tips that will help you create a butterfly garden in a container that will do just that.
The simplest way to attract butterflies to your patio pots is to provide them with food that the butterflies want. Plan on potting up both butterfly friendly flowers that are nectar rich and types of plants that caterpillars like to eat.
Lets start with the garden planter. Most flowers and plants don't need a deepplanter because their roots are rather shallow. However this is not the time to downsize your choice of planter. You want a pot that is large enough to hold a variety of plants and flowers that will attract butterflies. Plan on placing those containers in a area of your patio where they will get 6 hrs of sunlight daily and not a lot of wind.
Next is selecting the types of flowers and plants to pot up. Grow nectar plants that attract butterflies. Flowers are the best like marigolds, cosmos, verbena, butterfly weed and lavender. Add a host plant to each container where butterflies can lay their eggs on the bottom of their leaves. Black eyed susan, milkweed, asters, cornflowers, and herbs like fennel and dill.
Plant the flowers at different heights with tall in the center and trailing or low flowers around the outside of the garden planter. This also is a basic idea to do with any garden planter where you not only want function but beauty.
Now is not the time for chemicals and pesticides. Another great suggestion is to leave a saucer filled with sand, salt and water so the butterflies can nibble the minerals. This is called Puddling.
Who doesn't love butterflies? We all love seeing them flying around our porch or patio areas. Follow these simple basic tips and increase your garden beauty.
Try to get some of these fall garden chores done before winter arrives. If you spend the time to do these chores now then you will be well on the way for a Spring garden that will shine! These aren't hard garden chores to do but just simple things that will make your garden easier to manage.
Clear out all dead or dying plants, flowers or shrubs. Cleaning up dead leaves and flower head is easy to do and so important. Dead plants attract bugs and other unwanted pests. These pests like slugs are always looking for a warm spot to weather the winter so keep dead plants and leaves up off the soil and ground. Also now is the time to deadhead any remaining plants in your garden pottery that are still growing. Clean around the top of the pots taking out leaves and weeds that may have grown. Keeping everything clean is good for your garden and planters.
If you see any sick or dead plants take them out. Don't leave anything that will attract bugs. Don't compost them but toss them in the trash. If your potting soil looks spent toss it out and clean out the pot for next year. Don't keep soil that may have had diseased plans in them or show any kind of weeds or pests. If you are keeping the soil then clean it up taking out any dead object and cover with rocks, pot toppers or hay. This will keep the soil in good condition for next Spring plantings. Plan on adding some fresh soil next season.
Now is the time to bring in any pots that won't survive being outside for Winter. Move all fragile garden pots to the garage. If that isn't an option then move under eves next to the house and cover with a tarp. Not an option, cover the soil with hay, rocks, broken pots materials or anything that will help to keep water from getting inside the pot and freezing. The frozen water is what causes the cracks.
Any remaining decorative garden items can now be stored and put away. Clean everything up so that you will have a fresh start next year. Many painted items don't like the cold freezing weather and could have flaking or fading issues so take them inside.
Lastly, take a final look over. Clean up any thing you may have second thoughts about. Know in your heart that the next planting season will come soon enough and all the work you are doing know will pay off.
These days everyone is thinking about down sizing. Moving into tiny houses and getting rid of huge yards that take upkeep, money and time to maintain. If you find yourself in an apartment, condo or high rise here are few tips for potting up a few veggies. You don't need a large plot of land to grow a few fresh and healthy vegetables, especially if you do them in terra cotta pots or bowl pots.
Even lots of folks with homes prefer to grow vegetables in garden planters and pottery. It makes moving them easier and more portable. You can place thepots by a back door for convenience or on a patio for fragrance and color. However if you are living in a smaller space you can still grow fun vegetables in flower pots. Make sure you select clay planters that have a drain hole and leave some room for the vegetable root systems to spread a bit. Many vegetables have short roots so even a garden bowl on a patio table can work nicely.
Fill talavera planters or mexican pots with leaf lettuce, spring veggies, and herbs. They all work great in garden bowls that don't need much room and can be fairly shallow. However if you want to grow veggies that climb like tomatoes, snow peas or green bean you will have to put a metal cage in a large pottery planter, and use a garden trellis near by or place the clay planter next to a patio wall or balcony rail where they can climb as they grow.
If you really want to get daring you can even grow melons, or pumpkins where the roots are in the garden planter and the fruit is resting on the patio or deck as it grows. Think about easy items to grow like green onions, carrots or radish when you are not up to a big challenge. These are easy, don't take much room and fun to eat and watch grow.
Besides a good container you also need to consider how much sun the planter will get. Read the packet of seeds or the starter veggie plants for how much sun the containers will need. Make sure you start with good, new potting soil and fertilize on a regular basis. Since these potted veggies can't draw water or nutrients from the ground you need to keep the potting soil healthy.
Lastly, don't worry about watering them. Many times a watering can will work just fine. The main goal here is to just have fun, and enjoy eating and harvesting your own vegetables right outside on your balcony or small patio area.
You selected the perfect garden planter, you researched and purchased the best kinds of plants and now you ask, When is the best time to water? Good question. You want to make sure when it comes to watering your potted plants you get it right. Of course we all know that too much or too little can kill most plants and make those garden planters look pretty bad.
First you must make sure that your garden pottery has drain holes. Even succulents & cacti don't like to sit in standing water. Then early morning is the best time to water your planters. This is because the sun is barely up and the temps are still pretty cool. Now is the time that water can penetrate the soil and get down to the roots before being evaporated by the sun & heat.
Watering your planter early also means that the plants will have time to soak up and store some of the water before they are dried out and waiting in the afternoon. Don't believe that spraying the leaves of the potted plants and then having the full sun hit them will scorch them or cause burning. That is simply not true.
The second best time to water your potted garden planters is late afternoon or early evening. What you are trying to do is to avoid watering your containers in the middle of the day. If you wait till early evening try not to get water all over the plants leaves. Letting the water sit on the leaves can cause pathogens and disease. So if you have a choice always go with morning or late morning.
Do NOT water at night. You think it's a good time to water your planters so that they can soak up all that moisture but it really causes disease like stated above because there is not evaporation.
So to rap this up, here are a few last tips.
Don't overwater - look for limp or soggy leaves, rotting at the stem or tips browning.
Water consistently over the surface of the soil and not your leaves. When you water, water deeply. The deeper the better for encouraging the potted plants roots to spread throughout the planter.
As the years go by you find yourself collecting more and more garden planters. Many of them are very expensive or just ones that you love very much. So of course you want to protect them from Winters cold and damage. Here are a few tips that may help ease your discomfort.
Before anything you need to clean them out and clean them up. Of course this is only for garden pottery that is empty and being stored. Start by dumping the soil into a compost pile or recycle can. You will not be using it again so it has to go. You do not want to pass on any bugs, mold or fungus that may be growing in the soil so get rid of it and start fresh next season.
Use a wire or stiff bristle brush to scrub off any chunks of soil that are sticking to the insideof the flowerpot. Then mix a bucket of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. Now scrub the inside with the bleach mix to disinfect the pot and make sure any thing that may be still attached to the insides are killed or removed. Let the pots dry completely before storing them in the garage or shed.
Ideally all garden pottery and planters should be stored indoors over the winter months. May planters are frost resistant but not frost proof. This means they can handle light frost but not freezing weather. If there is standing water from rain or drip system in the soil and the soil freezes, the water will expand and crack the planter.
If you are leaving the empty planters outdoors, try flipping them over and use bricks, pot feet or wood to keep them off the ground. You can cover the empty containers with a large garbage bag to keep the water off or cover with burlap wrap. If you can't flip them then just fill them with hay or mulch to protect them from the water and cold.
If you can't move the garden planters and need to keep them planted then you need to top the pots with mulch to keep the water out and the roots from freezing. We like wrapping the planter with burlap and string to help. Plastic bubble wrap works etc. We know it's not the most beautiful look but if it saves your planters from cracking it's well worth it.
The only exception for all the above information is a terra cotta flower pot. Terra cotta is porous and absorbs water like a sponge. This is healthy for the plants but obviously bad for freezing water conditions. If you can't bring them in, get the pots off the ground, wrap in a waterproof bag or tarp and move them under a roof eave so water doesn't directly hit them. If you can't do any of that then at least lay down a thick layer of mulch or hay to protect the top soil.
Hope this helps and you find some of these tips for protecting your garden planters from freezing during Winter work.
Finding the most beautiful and healthy plants and flowers for your garden containers isn't that hard to do. Most local nursery and garden centers carry a wide selection that are mostly healthy and lovely. Now keeping them looking that way for as long as possible is the goal of every container gardener. By following a few tips listed below you are well on the way to achieving that goal.
1. Pick the perfect garden pot. Make sure you get the right size before anything else. You do not want to put a palm into a pot that is so small it tips over in a robust wind or so little that it cramps the roots from growing and spreading. All plants and flowers have roots that need room to grow in soil that has nutrients in it. If a container is too large it can result in over moist soil and drown the roots. If you have a lot of space in the pot and you keep the soil moist, you may get moss and mildew issues that are not welcome. Also make sure you garden container has drain hole. No standing water in flowerpots is recommended.
2. Plant you new pottery container with a plan. It seems harmless to just dig in and go for it but the result will not be as successful if you follow a few steps. Make sure you use plants with the right light needs with where you are putting the finished pot. A plant that needs full sunlight will not grow if you place the garden planter on a covered porch that sees mostly shade. Try to mix flowering plants and colors with green foliage to fill in the planter and make them look overflowing and full. Just make sure they need the same amount of water.
3. Be selective about the potting soil you use. Never use garden soil for many reason but mostly you will NOT have healthy plants. If you plant succulents make sure you are using pumice soil that drains well. If flowers are more to your liking a nice potting mix that has compost in it works great. Don't recycle potting soil if you had diseased plants growing it in already. Start fresh! The main thing to remember here is never underestimate the power of the correct potting mix.
So follow these easy steps and you are well on the way to have garden containers that look stunning all season long.
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.
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: