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Keep Your Potted Mums Fresh


Every fall millions of gardeners find themselves cleaning out their summer planters and replacing them with fall flowers and shrubs  One of the most colorful, decorative and easy plants or flowers to grow are mums.  You will find tons of colors to choose from at your local garden center or nursery.  Orange, Reds, Yellow and more....all healthy and lovely waiting for you to take them home and create a fall display of color in your terracotta pottery or glazed garden planters.


Here are a few tips to help you to keep your pottted mums looking their best for as long as possible.

Select only potted mums that have deep green leaves and look healthy.  No yellow or wilted leaves please and make sure the flower heads look moist and healthy.  This is not the time to nurse back a dried look plant that has wilted.  If you have a choice of wilted leaves and dried heads or nothing we recommend nothing. Don't waste your money on these sick mums.


Next realize that mums like lots of water.  Keep the soil moist but don't let the plants roots sit in standing or over moist soil.  This will encourage root rot and your potted plant will not survive.  If you are re-potting into your decorative home and garden planters and pots please use new potting soil.  Old or used soil can contain moss, mold and insets that can harm a healthy plant.  Make sure the potting soil you use is well draining and meant for mums.


You can fertilize potted mums but it is not necessary.  Deadhead any blooms that look spent and remove dried or wilted leaves when they happen.  Mums will not survive a cold winter so expect them to look lovely all thru autumn up until winter.


When the weather cools and your garden containers look like they need a lift for fall, this is the time to pot up some colorful, flowering mums.  Mix them up and tuck a few small pumpkin or gourds between the plants for a special touch.
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10/28/2017 8:49:03 AM 
Erika 10/28/2017 8:49:03 AM 
Very helpful.

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Houseplant Pottery Tips

We thought we would put together some of our best houseplant pot tips to help you keep all the indoor potted plants you have healthy & happy thru the Winter months.Most are just simple reminders!

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


Water Potted Houseplants half as often!  You love how leafy green potted plants brighten up the house, but thanks to dry indoor heat, you have had to water them nearly every day.

That is because much of the water evaporates before the plant can absorb it. Corks to the rescue.  Use a food processor to grind up 8 to 12 corks, then mix them into your pots top soil.

The air filled cork cells will absorb excess water and slowly release it as the soil dries out, cutting your watering duties in half.

Filtering your indoor air without a filter
!  Indoor pollution levels can be more than 100 times higher than outdoors, particularly when the outdoor windows are closed all Winter long.

Your typical
potted houseplant can remove up to 87% of indoor air toxins within 24 hours.  The most effective are spider plants.  Give it a go!

Put a potted plant on your desk.  Low indoor humidity, a hallmark of colder months, can speed the evaporation of tears by up to 99%. This leaves the eye's surface vulnerable to airborne irritants such as ozone and formaldehyde, which are readily produced by laser printer and other office equipment.

Luckily, leafy potted plants can reduce a rooms pollution level by 97% within 50 minutes.

Perk up dull potted houseplants.  If your potted indoor plants need a little 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, while it's naturals oils with moisturize the plant.
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What Is Wrong With Your Potted Succulents?


Succulents are making a huge comeback right now. Everyone wants them potted on their patio, porch and even indoor garden planters.  The problem is you killed them in a few weeks and you are not sure why.  Here are a few tips on what may have gone wrong.

1.        Giving them too much water:  You are used to watering your potted flowers daily and even enjoy the process.  But succulents are very different.  They can get by with less water than a typical houseplant and are more like a cactus.  The planters soil should be cool and damp to the touch but never saturated or soggy.  Sometimes itís even easier to mist the soil instead of feeding it directly for best results.

2.       The pot is way too small.  Maybe you found a flowerpot that was super cute and you thought it would look great with your succulent planted in it.  Just make sure there is room for the roots to grow.  Itís best to select a garden pot based on the depth being twice as deep as the plant.  Make the width three times as wide.


3.       Is the drainage in the container?  Planting succulents in cute containers like tea cups or a cowboy boot are fun but if they donít have proper drainage the plant will not survive.

4.       Make sure the weather is warm enough.  Donít place the clay planter in a drafty window or out in cold weather.  Keep them in an area that is pretty consistent.

5.       Make sure the planters soil is rich enough.  If not, then stir in some organic matter into the mix.  This way the potted succulents get the feed they need in order to be healthy.


These are just a few tips but they are very important ones.  

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Keys To Growing Healthy Indoor Houseplants

 How to grow healthy indoor houseplants

Growing potted houseplants is a hobby that can be enjoyed by everyone. You donít need to get green thumb gardening to keep them healthy.  If you notice most designer photographs show a room that always has a houseplant in a decorative container. That is because they offer color, warmth and a touch of love and, make any area come alive.

When purchasing a new plant at your local home and garden center or nursery, make sure it is healthy. This is not the time to nurture a sick plant back to health. Look for lush green leaves, moist soil and plump stems.  Nothing dry, slimy or black is healthy.

Houseplants donít need a lot of attention but they do need, light, water & fertilizer.


Sunlight is the standard which all light is compared.  Make sure you potted houseplants are near a sunny area, and make sure that they arenít in a drafty window or near a hot wood stove.  Temperature is important.  Try to use a potting mix that helps the soil hold water and nutrients.  Water according to the directions.  Improper watering is the most frequent reason indoor plants die.  Remember, itís always better to underwater than over water.  Establish a schedule to help make this task easier.

Lastly, donít underestimate the importance of fertilizer.  Soil loses its nutrients over time so if you want to keep your indoor potted plants healthy for the long term then fertilize on a regular basis. 

When it comes to selecting a garden container to pot in we have a few basic recommendations.  Always use a pot with a drain hole, clay is porous and breathes, and always go with a bit larger than needed so the roots have room to expand.

By understanding these basics houseplant needs, your plants will grow healthy and lovely for a very long time.

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Feel Invincible With These Potted Veggies

It's so easy to pot up a few healthy vegetables.  In today's world you need all the help you can get when it comes to feeding your family healthy food. Well here's a few types of vegetables that are easy to grow yourself.

Energizer:  Carrots are rich in carotenoids, plant compounds that are shown to improve blood sugar control to ward off tiredness.  Who doesn't need that?  People with a higher carotenoid intake had slimmer waistlines, plus less subcutaneous fat - the jiggly surface kind - and visceral fat - the hart harming type.  So, get a nice large clay planters and get going.


Detoxifier - Radishes help cleanse the body of energy draining toxins. These veggies are natures top source of glucoraphasatin, a unique phytochemical that boosts the activity of detoxification enzymes in the body.  They delivery molybdenum, an antioxidant mineral that helps fight free radical damage.  Go to your local garden center and get them

Immunity booster - Turnip roots and their greens are high in vitamin C. This powerhouse antioxidant strengthens immunity, wards off weight gain and eases anxiety.  The credit goes to C's ability to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

These are just of the few vegetables that you can pot and grow at home. Not only will they add food to the table, create better health, and add color and fragrance to your garden or patio area, but they are fun to grow!
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Body Terrific Summer Berries.

Potting up a few varieties of berries can be both healthy, rewarding and tasty!  When your sweet tooth rear up, pop a couple handfuls of fresh berries, their sweet-tart goodness helps you resist the urge to eat something unhealthy that's loaded with calories.  How about a lush raspberry or blackberry?  Both are full of healthy nurtients and easy to grow.  Read below if we haven't convenienced your yet!
 109--BlueberreisBlueberries - Toss a few into yogurt with a little honey for a great morning breakfast.  They can make even the simpliest of meals special.  Out of 60 fruits and vegetables analyzed by Tufts University, blueberries rated highest in the ability to destroy skin damaging free radical with powerful antixodiants like anthocyanins and vitamin C.  And with only 80 calories and an impressive 5 grams of fiber per cup, it's no wonder they can help reduce belly fat and risk factors for metabolic syndrome and cardio vascular disease.  Pot up a few, place them in a patio planter, and enjoy them.
 110-RaspberriesBlackberries & Raspberries - Try a blackberry smoothie or a tasty bowl of oatmeal with berries.  The berries help keep you focused on days when you need to perform and feel your best.  Full of folate and vitamin K, blackberries help prevent nerve cell damage in the brain caused by oxidative stress and aging, which can result in memory loss.  Potting up berries and placing them on a porch or next to a kitchen door is great for convenience.  Raspberries are packed with the mineral maganese and contain 62 percent of the daily value in one cup.  They assist the bodys metabolic systems, facilitates optimal thyroid function and regulates blood sugar.  Berries are GOOD!
Planting a few berry bushes, in garden planters, is easy to do and a healthy way to keep your family happy.  They don't take a lot of work, and the benefits are tremendous.  The colors are beautiful and they are decorative and fragrant!
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Gardening & Osteoporosis

Want to prevent osteoporosis and beautify your environment?  Well, heck, get to work in your own backyard, and get-er-done!
If you are someone who is addicted to gardening, loves being out in the weather, working on creating something with your own hands and thinks you are not getting exercise.  Think again!  Researchers at the University of Arkansas did a ground breaking study of mature women who do yard work and have healthy bone density.


Among a group of 3,310 women aged 50 and older, those who were gardeners had denser bones than those who regularly engaged in seemingly more active pursuits like jogging, swimming & walking.  In fact, the researchers found that gardening
was just as good as weight training at preventing osteoporosis.

This is the brittle bone disease that steals strength and independence from hundreds of thousands of older women each year.

This is great news for the women who would rather deal with rhododendrons, then reps.  Can you imagine how much weight you are lifting when moving around your garden planters and potted plants.  Add digging, weeding and hefting a wheelbarrow and you have a full body workout.

So remember the next time you go into the garden to work and experience a sense of calm and achievement, that your bones are getting healthier each trip.  Now that is good news!!!
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Compost Made Of What?

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Here are some tips on making compost simple.  Everyone knows that the success of any pottery plants is the foundation or soil used in the pots.  You can purchase high quality potting soil or you can follow some of these easy tips and create your own.  When it comes to successful potted flowers and plants, the soil mix is not the place to skimp.


No frugal gardener would turn down the gift of plant food.  But that is what we do every time we place a bag of yard trimmings at the curb.  Save the cost of store bought fertilizers by turning garden debris into nutrient packed compost.  This is a vital ingredient to successful potted plants and flowers.  The first step is to chop garden clippings by running over them with a mower that has a bag attachment.
Layer or mix green fresh and brown dry materials.  Moisten materials as you add them to make the contents damp, but not soggy.  Once a week blend outer ingredients into the hotter center.  The best compost recipe includes a combo of carbon rich brown materials like dry leaves, plant stalks, pine needles and small twigs with nutrient green materials like coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells and veggie scraps.

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Carbon is the spark that starts the composting process.  Nitrogen fuels the microorganisms that decompose materials.  Try to add about 3 times as many brown materials as green materials.  Do not compost meat, bones, animal waste, dairy products, diseased plants, seeded weeds, plants treated with pesticides or any inorganic materials.  Keep adding kitchen scraps during the winter months.  They will decompose when the weather warms again.
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Healthy Houseplants!

Here are a few great tips that we have read about on how to keep your houseplants healthy!  Tell us what you think!
1.  Purchase a water meter.  It really helps especially in winter not to over water your potted indoor plants.  It includes information about water requirements on special plants and helps to keep the water levels correct.  There is nothing worse for indoor plants than to over water or under water.  Get it right from the get-go!

2.  Place the plants near a indoor tabletop fountain or below some under cabinet lights.  Especially important for potted plants that flower constantly like African Violets.  Ferns and orchids appreciate the extra humidity as well.  This is a great idea for apartments with too few windows.
3.  Top your potted plants with pine cones or faux rocks.  It helps the soil to retain the moisture and keeps your house cats from digging in the soil.  Both cats and potted houseplants stay healthy.

4.  Take the time to give your potted houseplants a shower in the Spring and Fall.  Wash the leaves on both sides. 
5.  If root ball becomes dense and water doesn't penetrate, use knitting needles to poke holes down into the soil so the water penetrates down into the roots and doesn't sit on top.  Fill saucers with rocks and water and then sit the pot on top.  That way they aren't standing in water but using the water as a humidifier.
All good and easy tips.
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