Let's grow some grapes in a garden planter! Doesn't this sound hard? We agree! But, surprisingly if you follow some specific guidelines it's not all that hard at all. This is the perfect project for people with limited patio or porch space. Apartment dwellers, condos or small houses with small yards. Give it a go and see how you do.
One of the most important things to remember when starting out is to select a nice large and sturdy garden container. This is not the time for starting with a undersized garden planter. On the other hand you don't want the plant to be swimming either. You should shoot for a deep (18 to 24" wide container and 18" to 24" deep. We recommend you use a planter made out of terracotta. This clay pot is meant to breathe and is the healthiest choice for the plants root system. Of course that doesn't mean you can't use glazed, ceramic or concrete planters. They will all work find as long as they are large enough.
There are many types of grape vines so we recommend asking your local nursery professional what is best for your area. You can go online for lots of information also. Unless you have the room for a trailing grape vine we recommend you start with a dwarf variety.
Plant in spring or summer. Don't use garden soil but instead look for a potting mix that drains well. Mix a good fertilizer into the soil to begin with and use according to the mfg. During the growing season it is best to mulch the top of the garden planter or use a pot topper like garden stone, colored marbles or clay pot broken shards. They will help to keep the moisture from evaporating so fast in the heat.
Let the potted plant grow freely and no pruning till late winter. By not pruning you will develop a strong root system. Come winter you should move the potted grape vine into the garage or preferably indoors. Reduce watering and no fertilizer.
Ever think about potting some Sage? You may have tried basil, chives, rosemary, thyme but Sage is a wonderful choice for those who like to cook.
Although sage is available both fresh and dried, we recommend using fresh. Dried sage has a stronger more concentrated flavor that can sometimes be bitter. If you are flavoring a soup, stew or pot of beans then dried is acceptable. But, if you really want the sage flavor to shine you have to use fresh leaves.
When looking for foods to pair with sage, think rich, starchy and sweet. Great with pork, potatoes, beans, grains, bread (think stuffing) and is fantastic on turkey, & pumpkin. Try it with roasted apples & pears. Yummy!
When potting sage think of lots of sunshine and well draining soil. Use a garden pot with a drain hole because you don't want standing water on the roots. Place your pots in a kitchen window so they are close at hand while cooking or next to a kitchen back door so you can step out in all weather and clip off a few sprigs.
Harvest individual leaves or springs several inches long. Rinse them to remove dust and gently blot with a kitchen towel. Keep it dry because moisture will deteriorate it quickly. It keeps in the refrigerator wrapped in paper towel for 2 to 3 days.
Lastly, if you haven't had fresh sage in the kitchen you are missing out on some great smells. A small terracotta pot filled with sage is perfect on a center isle or in the window. You don't need much but it's well worth the effort.
One of the easiest plants to grow potted for indoor use is a Snake Plant. They are the perfect houseplant for anyone who has a black thumb instead of a green thumb.Follow these few tips and you will have much success!
If they gave prizes for houseplants that can take a ton of abuse, Snake plants would be one of them. Neglected for weeks at a time they still stay healthy and fresh looking. Now who could ask for more when considering a potted houseplant?
Potted Snake plants can handle low light which is great for dark winter months. They are ok drying out which is good for homes where the heaters tend to suck out the moisture in the air and the air becomes pretty dry. The soil in pots tend to dry out faster than normal.
But a bonus benefit is they keep the air inside your home clean, removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. Just by placing a few of them potted in different room, you can remove up to 87% of toxins. Put a potted snake plant next to a bed, on a desk, in a living room or any space where they can go to work.
There are many types of snake plants and many can be found at your local nursery or garden center. We like to seem them mixed up indoors to give some interest.
X Sansevieria Goldn Hahnii - short leaves, yellow border.
X Rhino Grass, Sansevieria desertii - grows to 12" with red tinted leaves
X White Snake Plant - Sansevieria trifasciata Bantels Sensation - White vertical stripes.
So, take a second look at snake plants if you are looking to put some potted plants indoors this Winter. They really are the easiest plants to look after!
With a lot of folks looking to go eco-friendly around the house we are starting to see more wanting to grow their own food in garden containers. They don't like the selection at the store or the thought of feeding their family with produce that has been sprayed with pesticides.
So, if you are thinking about possibly growing your own food on a small level and want the easiest way that uses less space then try potting up some veggies.
When it comes to selecting a garden container most types will do. The main thing to look for are drain holes. Most veggie don't like their roots sitting in standing water so make sure that if the pots you select don't have holes - you drill them. We like terracottabecause the clay is meant to breathe which is super healthy for all roots systems. The water will soak into the sides of the pots and help retain the moisture. Glazed, Poly Resin, Concrete, will all work well. Make sure they are large enough for the vegetables to grow with room to expand.
Here are a few suggestions:
> Beetroot: These are great container crops. Sow a few seeds in the pot every couple of weeks and you'll be harvesting all summer.
> Radish - They are trouble free and ready to harvest in as little as a month.
> Potatoes - They don't need lots of room to grow just deep soil.
> Chard - The color makes this an attractive crop also. Thin out seedlings.
> Tomatoes - Keep evenly watered to prevent the fruit from splitting. Feed with fertilizer.
> Salad Leaves - The ultimate container crop. Sow a variety and grow as long as you keep harvesting the leaves. How easy is that?
> Carrots - Like potatoes they just need deep soil to grow well.
> Chilies - Perfect for a windowsill, the warmer the conditions the spicier.
> Lettuce - Perfect for potting. Sow one or two at intervals so they don't all mature at the same time. > Salad Onions - Great for containers because they don't need deep soil and are easy to grow. > Spinach - Great to keep cutting and regrowing in pottery. > Garden Herbs - We are all familiar with potted herbs. So Easy & fun to do.
Even though we all know that potted jade is basically easy and simple to grow, we wanted to provide a few helpful tips to help ensure you have super success.
As expected the most important factor when growing jade in a garden planter is water, temp, light, pottery and fertilizer. Never let a jade plant dry out completely. Water on a schedule, like when the top of the soil is just dry to the touch. If your potted jade starts dropping leaves then too little water was used and you need to increase.
Pick a flowerpot or garden container that has a drain hole. Do not let the roots sit in standing water or they will rot. We like terracottabecause it breathes and is the most healthy type of flowerpot but you can use colorful talavera or ceramic. Try not to use plastic. They are basically not that great for most plants.
Place theflowerpot in the sun because they need full sun in order to grow properly. Fertilize with a water soluble fertilizer. Don't fertilize dry soil so make sure that it is moist first. That's pretty much it. Didn't we tell you it would be easy to do!
In the past, we have discussed quite a bit about growing potted herbs. Indoors or outdoors, we have provided quite a few tips and suggestions. Now we would like to narrow it down even more and give you a list of potted herbs that like shade. So read on and let us know what you think!
1. Mint - it has always been a big favorite. Well now we recommend potting it up in a shady area. It grows so fast and is so easy to tend to, that we like to use it potted up. Make sure that you don't plant directly into the soil in a shady spot or it will crawl toward the sunlight.
2. Chives - In a garden pot next to a kitchen door, this herbs does well if it's a shady spot. Small clumps like grass will sprout. All you need to do is keep them trimmed.
3. Parsley - Every ones favorite! A flat leaf parsley will grow best if the potting soil is right and keep moist. You can place the pot in partial shade with much success.
4. Cilantro - This is a favorite in the Southwest, where it is used a lot with Mexican foods. If you want to pot it up, just place the pot in the shade. Cilantro doesn't like direct sunlight.
5. Golden Oregano - Most varieties need full sun but the leaves of the Golden oregano can fry in direct sunlight. Place the pot in a partial shady spot with much success.
6. Thyme. Most varieties will tolerate shade but we recommend you let the soil dry out between watering. Use this herb in other containers where you desire a pleasant fragrance.
Growing hens and chicks is super easy and fun to do. Here are a few tips to consider when trying your hand at this garden project!
Most potted hens and chick love full on sun. Part time sun is fine but don't place a potted planter in the shade. Get them out there and show them off.
Always provide good drainage. If you select a planter without drain holes, then they should be drilled. Don't over water these babies and don't underwater in the full on heat of summer.
You can buy starters at most garden centers but we can guarantee that you will never have to buy them again. They are easy to divide and they will reproduce like mad.
It's alright to leave them outside during winter but moving them indoors is not a bad idea either, especially in case of extreme cold spells. Be aware of the type of planter that you use that in case of cold the pot won't break.
Potted Hens and Chicks are so much fun to play with. There are a number of varieties to choose from and any container will truly come alive with them spilling out the sides.
Here are our choice for the easiest veggies to grow in containers!
Carrots - Rocky soil will yield ugly, crooked carrots that taste great.
Beans - Pole Beans while easy to grow will need a trellis.
Lettuce - Do successive sowings every two weeks to space them out.
Cucumbers - Be sure to avoid potting until all danger of frost has ceased.
Spinach - Pick it continuously once it's leaves are a good size.
Tomatoes - Most people start with a starter plant from a local nursery.
Radishes - Plant seeds directly into the container early spring.
Peppers - Start with a plant from a local nursery for best results.
Squash - Don't place the pot in the wind and try to have some protection.
Basil - Sow seeds directly into garden pot in early June.
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!