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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 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 

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 

Transition Containers To Winter



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Post Last Updated: 12/13/2017 2:48:43 PM 

Organic Gardens & Global Warming



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Your backyard organic garden may hold the keys to preventing global warming.  Researchers at the Rodale Institute have learned that organic soils trap atmospheric carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, and convert ti to carbon, a key component of healthy soil.

In the longest running study of it's kind, the Rodale Institute's  Farming Systems Trial has compared organic and conventional farming side by side for the past 23 years.  Important findings have included organic, crops ability to withstand drought year stress much better than crops raised on a diet of chemicals.

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What this suggests is that synthetic nitrogen fertilizers speed up the decay process of organic matter so that it is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide rather than stored in the soil as carbon. Both plants and organic soil operate as powerful sinks, capturing the greenhouse gas considered by many scientists to be largely responsible for global warming.

An increase in organic matter in the soil also helps preserve bio-diversity.  All organisms depend on biomass - living and dead organic matter.  The higher the biomass content, the more the biodiversity. You can see where organic farming and organic gardening fit in there clearly.

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When you reject chemicals and choose instead to garden organically you address other issues of critical concern, by embracing a system that is much less reliant on fossil fuels.  This has implications for  our dependence on imported oil and natural gas as well as the climate change problem.  You are preserving the soil and you are reducing the use of chemicals that are directly dependent on fossil energy use.

So, you may ask why here in the blog are we mentioning these findings.  Because every time you buy potting soil at your local garden center you have a choice on what type to buy. We recommend you choose Organic. You will know that you are planting in the best soil and giving your plants a great start.  Not only will your new plants love you for it but so will the planet.  Choose Wisely!

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Post Last Updated: 2/14/2017 2:41:58 PM 

Tips For Creating A Fairy Pot



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Creating a mini fairy garden in a fun container has become very popular.  They are basically a new take on the old terrarium ideas of years gone by.  What makes these extra special is all the miniature goodies that you get to place in the pot with the plants. Little things like benches, water features, houses, walking paths, stone, mini birdhouses, all things that are miniature and fairy like.

First you want to find the container. We have seen everything from a terracotta clay flower pot to picnic baskets, wheelbarrows, tea cups, boxes, suitcases, purses, colorful glazed garden bowls, metal cans, and pretty much anything you can think of.  Next add soil and please use potting mix not dirt.  Select your plants.  Herbs, ferns, bonsai trees & bushes. Make sure it's miniature and you can keep it small.

Then add your fun and playful accessories.  Seating areas, paths, fences, furniture, and tables. Use natural materials like reeds, rocks, raffia, twigs, bark.  A small mirror makes a great reflecting pool.  You get the idea.

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Fairy Gardens should have a taste of whimsy..  This isn't the time for being realistic. Use seashells, marbles, buttons and bottle caps for stepping stones.  Finish off with a few touches and that should do it.
Keep it clean, watered and replace items as necessary.  These are perfect for a patio table or any garden area where you want a touch of playfulness.

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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 2:57:29 PM 

Fairy Gardens and Fun!




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Everyone loves secrets!  Wouldn't it be exciting to create a Fairy Garden that is full of tiny secrets?  Here are a few suggestions.
 
Take a shallow garden pot, like a low bowl or a low cylinder dish and use that as the base for the Fairy Garden.  Make it as large or as small as you like.  We have even seen the top of a birdbath turned into a lovely display.  Filling the base with soil, is the easy part.  Just make sure you use a good potting soil and not garden dirt.  It's better if the container has a drain hole but not totally necessary.

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Now comes the fun part.  You can place a layer of green moss around the top of the soil to create a soft cushion for all the "Fairies" to lay on.  Then start adding the fun stuff.  We have seen miniature doll house chairs, clay pots turned upside down for furniture.  Colorful glass marbles and decorative rocks.  Plant mini greenery and small brightly colored flowers.  Create a mystical and magical place for your fairies to come to.  The possibilities are truly endless when creating something so innocent and sweet!

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Children of all ages love these types of garden/pottery projects.  Hide the container in a secret place in the yard or garden.  Place it on the patio or outside a kitchen window where you can watch for the fairies to land.  Create a playful place for kids to go to and dream about.  Be sure to take photos to preserve these types of memories.

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Arizona Pottery is here to help made those magical moments happen.  Shop our website and find the perfect piece of pottery for the base of your Fairy garden!
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/20/2016 5:24:04 PM 

Windowsill Gardens



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Creat a garden where you never knew you had rooom for one:  indoors on a windowsill with eastern or southern exposure.

 
 31137-WindowsillStart a windowsill garden by taking cuttings from some of your favorite indoor and outdoor plants and rooting them in water. 

Use pruners or a sharp knife to cut a 3 to 4 inch stem, strip off the bottom leaves and place the cut stem in a small container of water.

If you like, choose colorful containers and set them on a windowsill for a pretty effect.
 
Although it doesn't suit every plant, rooting plants in water is the easiest propagation method.  Change the water in the containers weekly because stale water turns cloudy and detracts from the attractiveness of the arrangement.  More importantly, bacteria may develop and create unhealthy medium for the plants.  Enjoy cuttings during the winter months, then transplant them into containers and set them outdoors for the summer.
 
Most plants thrive only a limited time without soil in which to spread their 31139-Windowsill-Gardens roots.  When you transplant rooted cuttings into a garden planter of potting mix, remember that the roots they form in water are fine and delicate. Keep the potting soil mix moist to avoid shocking the plants and to allow new roots a chance to grow.

However, cuttings that are rooted ins oil should be watered once when they are planted in a planter of soil to begin developing and not again until the soil is almost dry.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/8/2016 11:33:21 AM 

Planting A Water Garden In A Pot




Do you know what you really need for a water garden?
A pot that holds water!

When you combine, a colorful planter, water, plants, stones, greens, a pump and a fountain nozzle, you can make a stunning water garden with ease.

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The steps for making a water garden are easy to follow.

1.  Select a colorful, generous sized garden pot that is water proof.  You do not want to use low fired terracotta clay pot, since terracotta will absorb water and break down over time.  Get a lovely glazed container since these have been fired twice in a kiln and will repel water unless, and this is a big unless, they get cracked or chipped.

Then the water will search out the crack and penetrate the pot, causing it to break down over time.  The last think you will need to do is plug the drain hole in the bottom if there is one.  Arizona Pottery recommends using a silicone product since these are waterproof.

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2.  Search out plants and ask for recommendations from your local nursery.  Look for ones that flower and  then select some attractive foliage.  Here are a few examples:
Flowers:  Japanese iris, water lily, cardinal flowers or march marigold.
Greens:  Water clover, houttuynia, horsetail, or fiber optic grasses.

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3.  Fill the inside plastic pots with heavy garden soil, not lightweight potting mixes.  They will float up.  Pot the plants just like you would any other garden container.  Leave room for a layer of gravel to keep the soil from washing away.  Submerge the pot in water.  Place most plants so that the rim are at water level.  You can also float lilies on the top.  Place cement block in the bottom to add height to the planted pot along with dimensional character.
   

Be creative when selecting the wonderful textures and brilliant flowers of aquatic plants.  Use both submerged plants and floating for the most beautiful visual effect.  Try for fragrance to add that extra touch and finally go for a contrasting color effect.  Dark greens, with light whites and pinks.

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Lastly, don't be alarmed if the water turns green at first.  This happens with the nutrients in water create small algae.  It is only temporary and will quickly clear.  By adding a small pump you can create that soothing sound of trickling water that everyone loves.


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Post Last Updated: 1/4/2017 3:47:03 PM 

Are you downsizing in this economy?





We think that the most important feature of any plant container is the style of pot, what it is made of and whether or not it has a drain hole.  Drain holes are so important because they make sure that water doesn't sit in the pot but drains off.  Standing water in the bottom of the pot will cause the plants roots to rot and over time the chemicals in the water or fertilizer will damage the plant also.  If water run-off is a problem because of the pot location then we have a couple of suggestions:

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1.  Use a saucer.  Make sure that it is large enough to catch the amount of water it will take to saturate the plants soil.  Too small of a saucer is pointless since it won't be able to do it's job of capturing excess.

2.  Drop the pot that holds the plant into a larger outside pot that is decorative.  This way when you water the inside pot the run-off water will drain into the outside pot and evaporate.  Many landscape companies use this technique, especially when planting trees or large bushes inside office buildings. 

If you need a pot that will breathe the Terra-cotta clay planters are the best.  Unfortunately they will break down over time from the chemicals in the soil or fertilizer that is used.  In order to have a planter that will hold up and not break down, it must be made of a clay that is glazed and high fired or concrete, poly resin, sandstone, or fiberglass.  These materials repel water and do not let it absorb into them.

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Choosing the correct container is the best step you can take to assure success when planting your landscape in pots.

Other tips to consider are:

Sun exposure:
  Make sure where you place the pots is where the plant materials in them can thrive. 

Soil:  Always use a lightweight, well draining soil mix with a built in fertilizer is the best way to start.

Watering:  Know what the plants demand when it comes to water and make sure to provide them with their specific needs.  It is ideal to select pots that require the same watering schedule but that is not always possible.
Plants for containers:  Herbs, cacti & succulents, citrus, veggies and flowers are all great choices and they offer unique ideas for displays.  Try blending them together for the most outstanding arrangements.

Whether you have a balcony, courtyard, or patio begging for some color, potted plants are sure to transform even the smallest of spaces!


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Post Last Updated: 1/4/2017 4:02:09 PM 

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Shirley B. 8/29/2011 10:00:36 PM 
Never thought of it like this before. It makes sense that with all the home troubles people are having they are looking at downsizing. When it comes to pots that makes great sense. Thanks




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