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Maintaining A Potted Garden



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Here are a few easy tips on how to maintain your potted garden.

Even though choosing to pot up your plants, trees & flowers is physically easy taking care of them properly take certain actions.  You must be vigilance when it comes to grooming, watering & fertilizing

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Grooming tips - Keep floral dead flowers removed.  It not only makes the plant look better but it encourages them to flower again.  If the foliage looks like it is growing out of shape or off on one side, cut back the branches so they look better and not knarly.  Use small scissors to keep any topiary looking trimmed and leaves & stems from poking out.

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Watering Schedule -  When it comes to when and how long to water your potted garden it really depends on the weather conditions you find yourself experiencing.  If it's really hot outside you need to water every day.  Soak the potting soil till completely moist and water comes out the drain hole of the planter.  If it's cooler weather you should water every other day or so depending on the weather.  Light colored containers hold water longer.  Terracotta is porous so it seeps out faster and needs to be watered more often.  A poly resin planter holds water longer.

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Fertilizing -  It's always easiest to water your garden containers at the same time you water.  When it's warmer and your plants are blooming, fertilize when you water the plants every two weeks or so.  As the weather cools use less fertilizer.  Remember that the potting mix starts out with fertilizer already in it but that will run out eventually, depending on how much you water, how large the pot etc....

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Knowing when and how to take care of your potted garden makes the job so much easier and enjoyable.  As the garden season ends you may have to move some planters to a shed or garage for protection.  Cut down the plants that require it and understand that when the season is over for some annuals it's over and all you can do is take them out of the pots and compost them.  Store you garden containers indoors till next Spring when you can bring them out, wash them and plant again.

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Good Luck,

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Post Last Updated: 6/20/2018 9:28:25 AM 

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 

Potted Peonies



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Every trip you make to the local nursery by your home, you will have unlimited choices to make.  What type of plant to pot is a big one.  Fragrant plants, succulents, herbs, flowers...so many wonderful choices. In this blog post we want to re-introduce you to Peonies.  The beautiful colors and different petal are fun to pick from.

Don't let the beauty of a peony fool you, these are hardy perennials and once established will require very little pampering.  There are 3 main types to consider with significant differences.  From bloom time to stem strength to fragrance, each type has its own selling points.

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Step one:  Pick a sunny place to put your garden planter.  If you don't get sun then place the pot on a caddie so you can move it into the sun for part of the day.  Make sure the pot has drain holes and rich potting  mix.  A peony requires good drainage, plenty of light and rich soil so this is not the place to skimp.

Step two: Make sure the garden planter has depth.  Regardless of the root size make sure the pot is as wide as possible and as deep.  When selecting fertilizer opt for one low in nitro and high in phosphorus.  Adding bone meal helps boost the trace minerals in the soil.

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Step three: Don't pant too deep.  Only 2" beneath the top soil works best.  That still leaves plenty of depth for the roots system and there is a better chance of them blooming. If buried too deep they won't bloom.

We think these lovely flowers should be considered the next time you are changing out your garden planters.  They are beautiful, smell wonderful and fairly hardy.  Give peonies a chance!

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Post Last Updated: 6/19/2018 2:12:39 PM 

Potted Fairy Gardens



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It's a small world after all.  When everyone is looking into tiny houses and downsizing planting a mini garden fits in perfect.  Minimalist are becoming popular with people looking to donate many items because we have all collected way to much stuff.  So having a ton of large planters and plants that take up a lot of room is not so appealing.

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Well, when it comes to your garden you can easily downsize.  Not only using small planters with tiny plants but making them even more creative by turning them into fairy gardens.  If you are new to this concept it means decorating the pots with tiny items that create a little home and play area for the fairies that live in your garden.  LOL

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When creating a tiny fairy garden it's important to choose drought tolerant succulents.  You may also want to use child and pet friendly plants since the little ones will be really interested in looking closer to a potted fairy garden.  Remember to use good quality potting mix and make sure there are drain holes in the bottom of any container you use.

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Basically a fairy garden is a mini pot complete with tiny plants and miniscule accessories that give the impression that tiny creates really live there.  Try using creative containers, dollhouse furniture, tiny items that create the look and feel you want to project.  Add tiny pebbles to create walk ways and little garden tools, furniture and toys.

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Create something small and playful and have fun here. This is not the time to be formal or boring.

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Post Last Updated: 5/3/2018 1:31:37 PM 

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 



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