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Can you really ever have enough gardening tips and garden
pottery tips.  We don't think so.  We would like to share a few random ones that are our favs. Hope you can find something useful.

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Bug Proof Houseplants!
To discourage pests from preying on potted houseplants, steep 2 TBS lemon peel in 4 cups of water.  Strain the mix. let it cool and spray on the potted plants leaves.  The citrus oil from the lemons repels insects without doing any harm to the potted plant.

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Water Houseplants in Pottery half as much!
You love how leafy green plants brighten up the house, but thanks to dry indoor heat, you have had to water them nearly every day. That's because much of the water evaporates before the potted plant can absorb it.  Corks to the rescue!  Use a food processor to grind up 8 to 12 corks, then mix them into your potting soil.  The air filled cork cells with absorb excess water and slowly release it as the soil dries out, cutting your watering duties in half.

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Filtering Your Indoor Air!
Indoor pollution levels can be more than 100 times higher than outdoors, particularly when the windows are closed.  Your typical potted houseplant can remove up to 87% of indoor air toxins within 24 hours.  The most effective are spider plants & potted mums.

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Perk Up Dull, Dreary, Potted Houseplants!
If your potted houseplants look like they need a pick me up, give them a quick rubdown with the white side of a banana peel.  The skins rough texture will gently buff away dust, white it's natural oils moisturize.

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Put A Potted Plant On Your Desk At Work!
Low indoor humidity, a hallmark of colder months, can speed the evaporation of tears by up to 99%.   This leaves the eyes surface vulnerable to airborne irritants such as ozone and formaldehyde, which are readily produced by laser printers and other office equipment.  Luckily, leafy potted houseplants can reduce a rooms pollution level by 97% within 50 mins.  Potted Plants literally neutralize airborne toxins and they hydrate the air as they breathe, reducing the odds of dry eye recurrence.

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Playful Simple Garden Tips



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While searching the web you can find so many great gardening tips. Everything from how to make your own fertilizers, to how to keep animals out of the yard.  We have a few of the better ones that we think every gardening should know about because they are so easy and good. Make gardening fun!

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Line the bottom of your garden planters with a disposable clean diaper to help retain soil moisture.  This way you save lots of time because you don't have to water nearly as often and the plants have a more even supply of water. The diaper also helps to keep the soil inside the pot and blocks it flowing out the drain hole.
These types of diapers container a hydrogel crystal that keeps in moisture.  Just be sure and use the cheapest diapers you can find!

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At the begging of the growing season, select your seeds to potting and have them ready to go.  Cut the top off a lemon and carve out the center.  Add new potting soil, seeds, fertilizer.  Once seeds start to grow drop the whole lemon into the potting soil inside the garden planter that you are using.  This not only makes the process simple but the peel with compost into the soil, adding nutrients and the plants grow.

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The next time you boil veggies for a meal, don't pour the water down the drain.  Instead of wasting all those precious nutrients and minerals, let the water cool and use it to water your potted plants.  Of course this water is filled with all kinds of healthy nutrients that the boiled out of the veggies.  Your potted plants will love you for it and you can cut down on fertilizer.  A double dose of goodness.

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How about using a regular over the door shoe organize and turn it into a vertical herb garden?  This idea is so simple and easy to do.  Fill the pockets with potting mix and add the herbs.  Hang on a balcony wall, a garden fence, an apartment balcony or terrace.  Each pocket can be a different herb or you can have rows of each kind.  We love this placed next to a kitchen door so that you don't need to go far to clip off a few while preparing a meal.

So, if you look there are hundreds of great ideas out there.  If you have any you want to share just let us know.  Good Gardening!
 
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A Few Container Gardening Tips



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We have talked about container garden tips in the past but we still seem to come up with more that we would like to share.  Hope you find some useful here.

Give potted plants the conditions they need.  Assess the site for your contained garden as you would for an in ground planting.  Does the area get full sun, filtered shade or deep shade?  Choose plants accordingly.  Is the area sheltered or exposed to lots of wind?  If it's exposed, you will need to install a trellis, windbreak, or other protection before placing your garden planters there.

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Use foliage plants lavishly.  They add structure and form to the area and are a good foil for flower displays.  They also create a point of interest in shade, especially when you use glossy leaves to catch the light, or ones with white and yellow markings.

Choose containers to match the style of your home. One a Mediterranean terrace you can use terracotta tuscany style pots and use bright colored pottery with glossy finishes in front of a Cape Cod that needs a little boost of something.  Don't mix to many pots but stick to a theme.

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Indoor pots can easily match your decorating style.  Shiny, matte, colorful or plain clay - there are so many options to choose from that will blend in an add character to your indoor needs.

Pay attention to watering. Containers that dry out fast, especially in hot, windy weather. If you have many pots, make it easy by trying some of the following devices:

A.  A Hose end nozzle with an off-on lever allows you to turn off the water between containers.
B.  Long handled watering wands attach to garden hoses to extend your reach.
C.  Garden coils - self retracting hoses also extend reach and take up little space.
D.  Drip irrigation delivers water to individual containers and is easy to install with times.

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Potted plants are magicians.  They can turn hardscape into landscape.  Pots filled with greenery and flowers soften the hard edges or a patio or deck. They also create the feel of a garden where there is no earth to plant one.  Plants in pots contribute gentle textures, graceful movement, delicious scents, and seasonal changes.

They lure butterflies, hummingbirds, and other welcome visitors  In short, they can add life to urban outdoor spaces.  Best of all, because container plantings are portable, you can make little changes at any time without disturbing the whole scene.

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Watch Your Back While Gardening




All the bending, lifting, lugging, and tugging we do when we're gardening takes it's toll, particularly on the back.  However, there are things you can do to protect your back while still enjoying your time digging in some soil.  Just follow these easy steps:

Warm up:  Before jumping right in you should walk around the yard for a few minutes.  Try collecting all your tools at this time and getting everything organized so once you start you don't have to keep stopping and searching for items.  Move any heavy pottery into position before you start.

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Bend Correctly:  Bending over from the waist with your knees locked is the most common mistake gardener's make.  Either bend forward from your hips or bend your knees and squat down.  This transfers the weight you are trying to life to your thighs and buttocks.  We sell a device called "Pot Lifter" that is awesome for lifting large objects not just garden pottery.  Click here to find out more information.

Avoid twists and turns:  Avoid being repetitive with movements.  If you are performing the same movements over and over, like shoveling dirt, stop time to time and take a break.  When filling a large planter with soil, try doing it in a couple of steps.  Fill the pot half full, move on to something else and come back and finishing filling the planter.

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Wear comfortable, cushioned shoes:  There are gardening shoes that have nice thick soles that help to minimize the impact on your feet.  They also help with alignment so you don't trip or stumble while walking on uneven surfaces.

Cool down after gardening:  When your chores are complete, this is the time to sit down and enjoy your hard work.  Look at your stunning potted planters and savor the view.  Relax, stretch your muscles while they cool and enjoy a final glance at all that you have accomplished.  If you have access to a hot tub this is the ultimate reward for a day of hard work.

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Drawing 1 shows the incorrect to bending.  Don't lock knees.






Drawing 2 shows the best way to bend when lifting.






Drawing 3 show a great way to relax your back after gardening all day.

If you follow even a few of these moves, we think you will find your gardening experience much more enjoyable.  It's the little things that make a big difference.

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