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.
We feel that you can never have enough good tips to help out in the garden and landscape areas of your home. We would like to share a few more that cover everything from cleaning clay flowerpots to plants.
Clean salt off clay flowerpots - clay pots are notorious for ugly salt deposits and other debris that can harbor disease or dehydrate stems resting on them. To clean off the salt, mix a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water. Let pots soak for 10 minutes, then place in a solution of dish detergent and water. Scrub with a wire brush to remove mineral deposits and other debris. Rinse thoroughly and soak pots in bucket of clean water till ready to use.
Recycle an old garden hose by making it into a soaker hose. Just drill 1 to 2 inches apart on one side. Attach one end to a water spigot and cap the other end. Turn the water to a low flow for a half hour once or twice a week. Add a timer for auto watering. Cover the hose with much.
Wait before mulching. Allow soil to warm up and dry out a bit before mulching in spring. Fluff up existing mulch before adding more so it doesn't form a hard surface that deflects water. Avoid creating a volcano of mulch around plants. Strive instead for a donut effect.
Ensure peony blooms. Peonies are among the easiest plants to grow in a garden pot but many gardeners, miss out on the flowering. Place potted peonies where they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight every day. Wait to cut the foliage until after the first frost so leaves have the opportunity to return food reserves to the roots for next years blooms.
Add off season plants to your pottery. When shopping for plants in spring, add out of season stalwarts such as aster, chrysanthemum, and goldenrod. They may look boring in your shopping cart but in a few months you will be glad you have them to beef up your landscape.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can never have enough tips to help out with your garden whether it was potted or not. Hope you can get something from these tips.
Check slugs at night. Because slugs and snails need constant moisture, they avoid direct sunlight and become more active at night, when they feed on hostas and other garden plants. So scout in the dark and use a flashlight. Collect the pests by hand and drop them into a bucket of soapy water.
Shop for bargains on bleeding hearts when they normally go dormant in early summer. Garden centers may lower the price on a plant that appears to be dying - although it isn't. If you are bargain hunting for other perennials, slip the root ball out of the nursery pot, healthy roots will be firm and colored white or tan. If you see dark brown, rotted or withered roots, don't buy them.
Start the entertainment. Butterflies are fascinating to watch and so easy to lure into the garden. Simple include plants in your garden planters that attract female butterflies to lay their eggs where the larvae and caterpillars can feed. Black swallowtails prefer dill, parsley and carrots. Monarchs like milkweed and butterfly weed. Plant some in garden pots, they all work great.
Wipe your hands on it. To distribute soil over seedbeds gently and evenly, rub your hands together to sift the soil. Using your hands helps break up large clods of soil and tops the seeds with just enough soil to help them germinate.
Get new shrubs for free. Take a 6" cutting from an easy to root plant, such as willow, poplar, privet, rose, redtwig and dogwood. Dip the cut end into a rooting hormone and push it into a flower pot of moist potting mix. Cover with a plastic bag punched with holes to allow the plant to breathe. Place the garden container in an area where it receives light but no direct sun. Plants should root in about 6 weeks.
Help plants cope in heat. When heat rises for extended periods of time, stop pruning and fertilizing everything but container plants. Plants cope with the heat by going into a virtual state of dormancy. Don't make it harder for them by fertilizing or pruning which encourages growth.
When you think of gardening do you think of all the work, mess and time it will take to take on a project like this? Have you ever thought about how much easier it would be to take this project inside and scale it down to a manageable size? Well here are some tips that should help you decide that even you can handle an indoor garden.
Many types of fruits and veggies can be grown in garden containers indoors but the easiest indoor garden to grow is herbs. Do you like fresh herbs? They are so easy to grow that the decision of what to plant them in should take more time than the planting. We love traditional clayflowerpots. This type of pot breathes and keeps the roots of the herbs healthy and happy. But, we would like to suggest some fun containers like tea cups, hangingpots, animal pots, and chalkboard pots.
Place the containers in a sunny window or spot in the kitchen where they will get plenty of sunlight. Buy the herbs as starter plants or use seeds. Water lightly, mist often and don't wet the leaves. When you want to harvest the potted herbs do it with a light hand and keep it easy until the herbs are really set and stable.
Suggested indoor garden herbs:
Basil - Bay Leaves - Chives - Cilantro - Dill - Mint - Oregano - Parsley - Rosemary
All easy to grow, all perfect to have on hand for cooking.
Potting up a flower garden in a planter can bring a lot of happiness to anyone who is limited by space. All you need is a bit of creativity, a wonderful and properly sized pot, great plants, and good potting soil. Here are a few easy tips.
Many people today are downsizing their homes. This doesn't mean you have to give up growing flowers. Working on a balcony or a windowsill, a rooftop garden or a small back porch, can be fun and just as rewarding as a large garden area.
Start by finding out how much weight your balcony can handle. When it comes to selecting your planter the bigger the better but no if the weight is going to cause issues. This is not the place for concrete planters. Go with clay or glazed or even the lightweight poly resin that is so popular right now. Just find something that you will love to work with that will provide the right depth for the root systems on the plants you choose to pot.
Select colors and fragrance of plants that you love. Make sure the pot has enough depth and there is enough soil to support the roots. Try using a combo of planters in different sizes. Pick flowers that don't take over the whole soil area and that are willing to share with others flowers. Pot so that the flowers can be seen from all sides or place the planter under a window that opens so the fragrance will come indoors.
If you have space and can support the weight this is a great time to pot up dwarf fruit trees. All you will generally need is a 10 gallon container. Make sure the tree gets the sunlight that may be needed.
If you have room use a dolly under the pot so that you can move it around on the balcony. This is the time to experiment to find out what works best in the space you have.
Experiment, have fun and don't give up. Just because you are living in a smaller space doesn't mean you can't grow wonderful things in a lovely pot!
Here are a few tips on making container gardening easier for people of all ages and abilities. Age, injury, limited mobility, and other factors can pose challenges to working in your yard or garden. But, don't let this stop you from having fun and creating enjoyment. In fact, people who can't get out and dig in the garden are among those who benefit the most from potted planters.
Choose containers that bring plants up to a height that eliminates bending and minimizes reaching. Place the pottery in areas that are easy to access - like along a paved pathway, on a patio or outside a kitchen door
Don't forget you can always pot indoors. Set heavy or large pots on casters or pot caddies to make them easier to move. Window box planters are often a good choice, because they can be tended to and enjoyed from the inside and outside.
Set up benches and other places to rest, preferably with shelter from sun or wind. Elevate the containers so you can reach them if you are sitting down. Use the right tools. Many times you don't need full-sized tools and can do the job just as well with small hand tools. Wear a tool pouch or apron so you can keep them close at hand and don't need to bend over when you need them.
Grow plants on trellises or make a vertical garden. Start small with easy to care plants and small garden pottery. Choose plants who mature size fits the spot to minimize pruning chores. Include fragrant potted plants like herbs, soft fuzzy lamb's ears, ornamental grasses that rustle in the breeze, or plants that attract birds or butterflies.
Place houseplants where they are easy to see and care for. Create tabletop gardens accessible on all sides. Use pulleys on hanging baskets so you can raise or lower them when tending their need.
Many of us garden because we want to grow our own fruits & veggies. An attractive landscape or curb appeal may be the goal of others. Gardening in pottery, can also be therapeutic. People that garden relax the mind, body and spirit. Actually it's not the gardening that's relaxing, but the way we approach it.
Focusing on your gardening task is the key to relieving stress. It's not the finish line you are racing towards but the process of getting there that's important. Selecting the right planter, taking into account the size, color & shape. Then making sure you have the correct potting soil. This is not the time or place to use dirt from the ground. Take an afternoon and stroll thru the garden center looking for just the right plant materials.
Are you into lush deep emerald green plants & bushes. Or, are you drawn to the colorful fall plants like mums & heuchera. Verbena has always been one of my favorites because it fills a large plant in no time with color flowers and deep green leaves. Oxalis and decorative cabbage & kale are perfect this time of year.
After gathering all your materials together, it's time to quiet your mind and tune out the noise. Take a deep breathe and feel the cool air rush around you. Take your pottery of choice and fill the bottom with river rock or pot filler. Hand shovel fulls of deep dark & rich potting mix. Smell the clean soil! Remove your plants from the nursery containers and notice their root systems.
Do they need a gentle separating? Loosen them up so they have room to grow and place them in a decorative fashion inside the pottery. Top of the plants with more soil and a plant topper. Use pot shards, glass beads, pine cones, silver balls. Anything that calls out to you.
Finally, clean up, step back and admire what you have just created. Take the time to really look peacefully and carefully. From this day forward you get to enjoy looking at and smelling your potted containers. Invite friends onto your porch or grand kids into the garden. Relax, and enjoy. You deserve it!
Have you ever thought
about growing your own food in garden planters? Well don't be afraid
because it's easy to do and tons of fun. Here are a few tips to help!
We know, we know, everyone thinks gardening is
very difficult to do and takes tons of time, but we are here to tell you that
it's simply not true. Nothing comes without a bit of effort but what
you reap from growing your own food in planter pottery will far outweigh the
time and effort you have to invest. Think of it this way. How
much money do you spend at the grocery store? Do you know where the
food is coming from and what maybe in the soil that the food was grown
in? This is a major concern for fruits and vegetables grown in other
countries. Who has handled your food and what kind of pesticides were
used! All good questions!
So, we have you convinced
at this point! Good Deal!!! Now you are asking yourself, Why,
should I plant in pottery? Good question! Well, we are here
to tell you there are many advantages to using a container to plant into
instead of planting directly into the ground. First and foremost, it's
easier. Isn't that what everyone wants to hear? Well, in this
case it's true. Everyone young and old, fit or not so fit, handicapped
or healthy can plant in containers. If you live in an apartment or high
rise, houseboat or beach house, small house or large home, everyone can plant
into a garden container.
Maybe you have a home
with tons of shade or a patio that only gets sun certain times of the
day. You can move your garden pottery around easily with a pot lifter
or a pot caddy. You get to pick the potting soil to make sure that what
you plant will be success. If you have a small, space you want to
decorate instead of a huge patio than containers are the way to go. So,
here are the basic tips.
1. Drain holes
are best for plants. Use a saucer if you need too.
2. Make sure the
pot is large enough to handle the plants root system you will be growing.
3. Do you want
terracotta clay because it breathes and is best for plants or concrete
planters for durability?
4. Lastly, have
fun and select the look, colors, finishes that best meet your needs.
Container gardening is
fun, and with a few small considerations you will have a great time for a
little effort and price!
Gardening with lovely pottery and wonderful children make a richly rewarding and fun experience. The bonding between generations is so educational and loving! The older generation can pass along all their gardening experiences and knowledge. That bonding time is vital to a young persons growth. All kids love to play in the dirt and with flower pots that they can fill up!
Take them to a nursery or garden center where they can walk around and look at all the plants, containers, and accessories. They them help to decide on what to plant and what to plant it in. It's the process that matters not the choices!
If your Grand kids aren't use to potting up a garden, don't be surprised. You just need to expose them to all the wonderful things that are involved in this process and they will respond. Most kids have internet experience so get them involved in looking for planters & plants on line. Let them pick items based on colors and have them touch the plants so they can choose based on feel.
For the children who don't mind bugs, be sure and talk about the bugs who are beneficial like butterflies, ladybugs, and bees. Tell them about the ones that are harmful like aphids and worms. Some kids like bugs but other not so much so be sensitive to their personal issues.
If you really want to make the process extra special, spring for a small statue or gnome. How about wind chimes and pottedgarden stakes. There are also small kids sized tools that are precious and come with a tote to haul them with.
Plan ahead, select some of the items mentioned above and have fun!