What's not to love? It's a brand new year with brand new goals. Do any of those included gardening? We certainly hope so. January is the goal setting month and now is the perfect time to dig right in. As always the winter months turn your garden and patio into a stark area full of colorless flowers and spent blooms. Take a look at it again. Look at your garden and patio again.
How did your potted garden planters do last year? Did the flowers, or evergreens you planted last all season, did you like the way they looked? Now is the time to look to the past to assess for the future. Do you think your planters could use some new potting soil? If so then replace it. There is nothing that will kill a wonderful potted garden pot faster than old, nutrient depleted potting mix.
How do your garden pottery look? Are you concrete planters chipped or the terracotta clay garden bowls and pots starting to wear? Now would be a good time to research new planters. There are great lightweight pots that will last a lifetime, new sandstone designs and colors. How about a colorful glazed cigar jar or piece of pottery that looks like artwork?
Then think about what you will plant this year. More of the same because you had such great success with the plant materials and the pottery look that you have used in the past? Great then go for it!
Need to upgrade? Well you know where to look. At ArizonaPottery.com we strive to find unique and well made pottery planters and pot accessories that we believe will help you create a backyard oasis for as inexpensively as possible.
Lastly, check our your garden tools, hand gloves, garbage bags etc. There is nothing worse then getting into a new season or planting and decorating and find out that everything needs to be upgraded. You may even find super sales this time of year when planting is out of season. Don't wait till Spring.
So go outside, take a look around you. Dream and imagine and make your dreams come true. We are hear to help.
There are all kinds of plant materials that can be potted and placed on your porch or patio areas. In this post we would like to focus on Bay Leaf or Bay Laurel plants.
If you have ever followed a receipt for a hearty stew or soup you will see them tell you to add a large bay leaf. It adds a robust flavor and unique seasoning. So lets' talk about the basics of potting the plant up and growing these beautiful leaves.
Start by selecting a large garden container. Even thought it's a slow growing plant it can reach heights of 59 feet if all conditions are right. Of course a container potted plant will not get this high but keep it pruned to around 6 feet tall. Not only will it be more appealing but you can move the pot into the garage or shed when the weather gets colder.
Make sure the planter has a drain hole. Bay leaf plants are tolerant to most soil types but they will not tolerate soil that doesn't drain well. The plant grows best in full sun to partial shade so place the selected pot where you want it before you pot the plant.
Bay leaf plants have small yellow flowers in spring which turn into berries in the fall. They are lush with leaves a green green with a yellow vein. Flat broad leaves help to fill in the planter so you will have a great addition to your landscape or patio area.
There are many uses for bay leaves, hole, or crushed like poultices and aromatherapy. You can look them up online. They can even be used in wreaths and head crowns for athletes and rules of the past.
Can you ever really have to many pot tips? We don't think so! We believe you can never have enough. We see hundreds a year and all are good tips that are timeless. So as in the past, here we go again for some more great pottery tips.
Try putting a raw egg int he bottom of your garden containers when planting each spring. As the roots grow around the eggs and they break down they will feed the plant giving it vitamins.
Even though you may wear quality garden gloves when planting your garden containers, sometimes your nails and fingers suffer abuse. Moisturize your hands, slip on latex gloves and then put on your garden gloves. By the end of the day of potting you will be amazed.
At the end of the season instead of dumping out the good potting soil you planted in your garden containers, try sifting it thru a frying basket. The openings are exactly the right size, the basket has a handle which you can shake with and you can sift over a pail for convenience.
In large garden containers place a plastic milk jug with the cap on prior to adding soil. At the end of the season you can dump the soil and re-use the milk jugs. The milk jugs keep the pot lighter in weight then rocks would do.
Use aspirin to keep flowers blooming. Just drop two tablets of aspirin for each quart of water in the vase. The salicylic acid slows the aging process to cut flowers.
Use Alka-Seltzer to make a vase sparkle! Have a hard to clean vase? Fill with water, drop in 2 Alka-Seltzer tabs and wait 10 mins. The effervescent action lifts the grime your can't reach.
So that is enough good tips for now. We have tons more to share so stay tuned. Give some of these a try and let us know how it works.
Summer is here and everyone is outside enjoying the lovely warm and sunny days. As you start to think about what to pot in your garden containers that surround your home, porch or patio we have a great idea. Did you ever think about potting plants that repel mosquitoes? Potted planters on your patio by the kitchen door or on the front porch. That way the next time you go outside to enjoy the warm summer days or cool summer nights you don't spend all your time batting away bugs.
By potting up plants that can control mosquitoes you can control the amount of poisons that are available to do that same job. What is really neat is that a lot of these plants do double duty, which means they are edible and can be used in cooking while still keeping mosquitoes at bay. Below are some of the best picks.
Basil - good for cooking and you can make your own repellent by drying the herb, then steeping a cup of dried basil in 1/2 cup water. Put in a spray bottle.
Catnip - Potted Catnip is perfect for giving your indoor cats a treat and works well by repelling mosquitoes. Move the pot indoors and outdoors as needed.
Citronella - We all know this one. Place in large garden planters around your patio table. It's got a lemony scent that is pleasant.
Garlic - Crush the bulbs up and mix with water. Spray other plants with it to help repel insects.
Geranium - Potted and placed around the porch or patio where you may want to relax and it will help to control mosquitoes and other insects.
Lavender - Who doesn't want potted lavender around the patio. The smell is heavenly and the insects don't like it. Perfect!
Lemon Balm - Smells a lot like citronella and works the same way.
Marygolds - These magical flowers help banish many types of bugs.
Peppermint - Delicious tasting (iced-t ) and great smelling, make good mosquito repellent.
Rosemary - No body cooks chicken now days without some rosemary. The fragrance is full bodied and the taste heavenly. Pot some up and place around the patio for insect repellent.
So hope you can use some of these wonderful ideas to keep mosquitoes away.
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Potted plants growing in garden containers are at your mercy when it comes to getting the right amount of water. Unlike plants growing in the ground that can rely on deep roots to get them through dry spells, container grown plants have limited soil from which to drink. On the other hand, if container grown plants are left to sit too long in saucers full of water, the roots can die from lack of oxygen.
It comes down to this. If you want to be successful growing plants in garden containers, that is, if you want flowers to bloom well and your fruits, herbs & veggies to produce a bountiful harvest, you have to be an attentive & efficient waterer!
When asked " How often should I water my plants" there is no easy answer. It always involves several factors.
1. Consider Location: Planted pots under eaves or a dense tree may be deprived of rain. Stand next to your containers and look up, can you see the sky? Obviously pots on a covered porch must receive all their water from you because they are out of the rain. All containers placed in full sun need frequent watering plus consider if the surface they are on is concrete. If so they will dry out faster than a wood deck which tends to stay cooler. Pots near a light colored, south facing wall, which reflects light & heat will dry out faster than those farther away.
2. Climate & Weather: Climate is determined by where you live. If you live in Seattle where it is humid and has a lot of rain, watering isn't a constant chore. In drier, hotter areas like Phoenix, watering would be a daily even twice daily chore. Weather is what is happening RIGHT NOW! Pay attention. Hot winds on cloudless days can dry out a hanging pot in a matter of minutes.
3. Pot Type & Color: The porosity of containers influence how much water evaporates through it's sides. Terracotta is meant to breathe and is more porous than a poly resin or concrete planter. Lighter colors also reflect sunlight and dry out more slowly than darker colored ones, which absorb heat.
4. Soil Variations: Potting soils used in containers are formulated for good drainage, which means they dry out quickly. So read the bags when visiting your local nursery or check back on this blog for recommendations in future posts.
5. Root-boundedness: Plants grown in containers have roots that become more crowded as it grows. This requires more water. At this stage it is easy to over water plants. As plant roots continue to grow the organic matter in the pot mix breaks down, the containers more roots than soil. The plant is root bound and the root ball can be difficult to keep moist. The is the time to transfer to a larger planter.
Whether you have experienced any of the conditions listed above or something we may have missed, don't hesitate to comment here.
When choosing a plant to pot up a great tip to keep in mind is to select a plant that highlights the strength of the pot and creates a balance.
Check how fast the plant grows. You don't want to put a fast growing plant in an undersized container. It will become root bound and needs to be re-potted within a year. You can continue to trim it but it will look like a small sock on a big food. Out of place!
Check out the root system. Is it trailing or short and stubby. Make sure there is room to handle those roots without over crowding. Herbs tend to travel so make sure that you keep them in smallish containers and keep them trimmed that way they won't take over the whole yard but stay contained in the planter.
Short on cash? How about using plants already around the yard. Bedding plants look good in containers. Know where you will put the planter once it's planted? Find plants that will like the amount of sunshine the pot will get. This is important because a shade loving plant will not like being potted and placed in an area where direct sunshine will hit it.
Try using ground cover from around the yard to pot. Forget-me-knots or campanula which tends to be invasive. Do you plants bloom in colors. Try limiting a container to one color for a unified look. If you are into a more eclectic look then pack all colors into one pot and have an explosion of color to view.
Harmonizing plants? Well, it's pretty much up to you. Do you really like one type of plants like succulents, cactus, flowering greens or all green and no flowers? The more complimentary the planters look the more natural the grouping will appear.
Listed below are a few types of houseplants that can do double duty by coming indoors for Winter and moving outdoors for Summer. We fondly refer to them as Indoor-Outdoor Plants!
These double duty potted plants add a lively touch to your indoors during the Winter months. Bring them in and place in a sunny window and they will add a green, pleasing touch to your interior decor. When summer rolls around it's time to move them outdoors. This will encourage new growth and help keep the plants healthy and happy.
Listed below are the plants that will do best in this type of dual environment and they are diverse in color and styles. A few points to remember is to take care when watering. Once outside the soil tends to dry out faster so you will need to water more. Once you move the potted plants back indoors be sure to wash each plants leaves to remove pests.
Here is the list:
Ficus - They like large plant containers so there is plenty of room. Use a good potting mix and let the soil dry out between watering. Fertilize in Summer. Sometimes they may drop their leaves from the shock of moving but they should come back in a few weeks time once stable.
Ferns - So lovely and many different types. Plant in lightweight potting mix, keep soil moist not soggy. Mist leaves regularly especially when indoors. They like a humid atmosphere. Fertilize in Spring or Summer
Palms - When potted these plants are fetching with graceful fronds and long branches. Young palms do best indoors to start, and when more mature they can tolerate being outdoors during warmer weather. Use a large pot or planter since they tend to take up space. Lightweight potting soil is best.
Philodendron - The office potted plant of champions. Don't you see these everywhere? Well they are tough and have nice big heart shaped leaves that are awesome. Plant in a large planter to make sure they have room to grow. Bring indoors in Autumn. It likes the warm house and bright indirect light. When outdoors potted philodendron like a sheltered location from wind and direct sunlight.
Well we hope this entry gave you something to think about. Why not decorate indoors and outdoors using the same plants and garden planters. It saves money & time!
If you have ever had issues with sleeping at night than this article may help. After tossing and turning all night you may be wondering what you can do to stop this from happening. Meditating, dark light, ear plugs! Who would have thought to try filling your home with potted flowers & plants could help? Here are a few suggestions that we think you will find helpful.
Try placing some of these plant recommendations is beautiful pottery in the living areas of your home. Make sure you place at least one in your bedroom. Why you may ask does this work. Well, not only do these potted plants add beauty to your living spaces but they can clean the air surrounding them. Eliminating toxins, odors, molds. You know how they tell you to get out in nature and try to relax. We recommend that you bring nature indoors by potting up a few of the recommended plants below.
Jasmine - Will reduce anxiety levels, leading to greater quality of sleep
. Lavender - Smells like heaven in a flowerpot. The scent slows down heart rate, lowers blood pressure and levels of stress
. Snake Plant - One of the most recommended plants for improving indoor air quality and is hardy and easy to care for.
Aloe Vera - One of NASA's top air improving plants, that emits oxygen at night, making for a more restful sleep.
Gardenia - OMG the fragrance is heavenly. Great for bedrooms. Studies show it to as effective as Valium in relieving anxiety & promoting sleep. Potted it's beautiful.
Spider Plant - Similar to snake plant, it is a champion cleanser of air.
Valerian - Simply smelling it's scent will help you fall asleep faster and ensure you enjoy a better quality of slumber.
English Ivy - Studies have shown that this leaf can improve symptoms of allergies or asthma. Amazing stuff and really lovely trailing out of a traditional flowerpot.
Peace Lily - A superstar plant that filters out harmful benzene, tricholoethylene, and formaldehyde toxins. Also boosts a rooms humidity.
Bamboo Palm - Ditch your chemical laden air fresheners in favor of a few of these pretty palms and say goodbye to airborne smells and toxins.
Gerbera Daisies - Bright & cheerful flowers that will put you in a good mood just because they look good. They release oxygen at night which helps you sleep.
Golden Pothos - Our last plant that is an exceptional air purifier.
We aren't saying you need to fill your house with all of these wonderful & health promoting potted plants. Just pick the ones that you like the enjoy the smell. Find some wonderful garden planters and put up a few. Then give it a bit and see if you don't find yourself sleeping better at night! Good Luck!
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!
Saw this cute idea for Spring & St. Patrick's Day all rolled into one and had to share.
Start with a clay flowerpot. We sell terracotta pots from Italy which means you are starting with a compact, smooth clay pot that is known in the pottery industry as the best clay pots available anywhere. Each pot is formed and then fired in a gas kiln so they are virtually identical. Of course they start with the finest clay material.
Find a green color of acrylic paint. Here you see two different shades which make a great contrast and interest. Spray or paint thepots, let them dry completely. Line the rim around the opening of the pot with a ribbon and glue or tape together. Then drop a plant of your choice inside. You don't even need to plant directly into the pottery. So, when the plant looks a bit worn you can just pop it out and put in another kind. Super Easy!
These make wonderful gifts for family, friends, neighbors or co-workers. And, you get to have some fun making them. It's a win - win situation. Get your Italian Clay Pots right here at Arizona Pottery. Click here.