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Finding the most beautiful and healthy plants and flowers for your garden containers isn't that hard to do.  Most local nursery and garden centers carry a wide selection that are mostly healthy and lovely.  Now keeping them looking that way for as long as possible is the goal of every container gardener.  By following a few tips listed below you are well on the way to achieving that goal.

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1.  Pick the perfect garden pot.  Make sure you get the right size before anything else.  You do not want to put a palm into a pot that is so small it tips over in a robust wind or so little that it cramps the roots from growing and spreading.  All plants and flowers have roots that need room to grow in soil that has nutrients in it.  If a container is too large it can result in over moist soil and drown the roots.  If you have a lot of space in the pot and you keep the soil moist, you may get moss and mildew issues that are not welcome.  Also make sure you garden container has drain hole.  No standing water in flowerpots is recommended.

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2.  Plant you new pottery container with a plan.  It seems harmless to just dig in and go for it but the result will not be as successful if you follow a few steps.  Make sure you use plants with the right light needs with where you are putting the finished pot.  A plant that needs full sunlight will not grow if you place the garden planter on a covered porch that sees mostly shade.  Try to mix flowering plants and colors with green foliage to fill in the planter and make them look overflowing and full.  Just make sure they need the same amount of water.

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3.  Be selective about the potting soil you use.  Never use garden soil for many reason but mostly you will NOT have healthy plants.  If you plant succulents make sure you are using pumice soil that drains well. If flowers are more to your liking a nice potting mix that has compost in it works great.  Don't recycle potting soil if you had diseased plants growing it in already.  Start fresh!  The main thing to remember here is never underestimate the power of the correct potting mix.

So follow these easy steps and you are well on the way to have garden containers that look stunning all season long. 

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Helpful Gardening Tips



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

So, hope you got some good ideas here.
 
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A Ton Of Gardening Secrets



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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