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.