Now that Fall is here, people are thinking about family get
together, holiday visitors, cooking & gift giving. Thinking about your garden planters and next
Spring is not even a vague notion. But,
as you will read, now is the time to be thinking about planting up your garden
It only takes a bit of planning to assure that next Spring
when you least expect it colorful flowers will start shooting up from your
garden planters. So, what is the first
step? How about deciding what flowerpots
you want to plant the bulbs in.
out a summer planter or how about purchasing that one pot you have had your
eyes on for some time now! Either way,
make sure that the pots you select are deep enough to bury the bulbs into,
making sure they are completely covered with potting soil. Azalea pots are
shorter than a standard flowerpot but they work well. A drain hole is also important. That way the bulbs donít sit in standing
water and possibly rot.
Planting fall bulbs in containers is similar than planting
them directly into the soil. Whatís
great is that you can really pack a bunch of bulbs together creating a colorful potted display when bloomed. Try to plant the
bulbs 6Ē deep with the pointy end facing up and the roots down. Group them together for a huge display or
space them for a sparse display. Try to
keep the bulb count odd not even.
Cover the top of the clay garden pot with mulch to protect
the bulbs while they over winter. You
can use leaves, peat moss, pine needles or a mulch product from your local
garden center. Thatís it. Not all that difficult. So, if you plan NOW think about what you will
have next Spring!
When you think of potted containers around your home or
garden, did you think it would only be in Spring or Summer? Well, with a bit planning you can have
delightful containers around all year.
Spring is the time that bulbs burst into bloom and your flowerpots are overflowing
with color, texture & beauty. If
your patio has staggered pots with bulbs in them, you can create quite the
production. Even if there is some early
spring rain they will still look smashing.
Head to the nursery and find lots of wonderful flowers to pot.
Summer is the season of the potted plants and flowers. Everything is in its colorful prime. Now is the time to highlight your creative
skills. Use all one color in all your
plantersor do you like to mix it up? Go
to any garden center and your senses will burst with excitement. Succulents, flowers, plants, they have so
much to offer. Use eye catching
containers that compliment your foliage choices.
Autumn rolls around and your thought process starts to slow
down. There are many autumn shrubs that
bloom this time of year. Fill your
garden containers with burst of orange, red & yellow. Mums always make a
show this time of year and if you fill a large potwith them, they will reward
you again with amazing color. Now is a
time to use berries in pots. They will
add charm and color to any autumn grouping.
Surround your planters with gourds & bright pumpkins and show your
And then comes Winter. There are winter
flowering shrubs the will look lovely in your pottery. Now is the time to make
sure you are using poly resin, concrete, sandstone or high fired glazed pottery
that can stand the cold. Put up some
evergreens which look lovely this time of year when dusted with snow. Plant a pine or spruce tree and add Christmas
lights to bring some excitement and light to your garden or patio area.
There will always be 4 seasons and only one you. Donít let a season go by without planting in
your garden containers.
Fall is here so now is the time to be thinking about planting the spring bulbs you have been dreaming about all year.
Whether you plant them in your garden or are thinking about trying to pot them up in a garden container, the fact remains that these flowers are stunning. And, so easy to grow! With a little effort up front you will be blessed with a ton of colorful flowers. The best part is that every year they will expand and increase in volume. Who can ask for anything better than that? There are a few ways to pot up bulbs but we would like to give you more details on how to stack them inside a garden flowerpot. Of course, the first thing you must do is select the container that you will use to pot in. Do you like terracotta, the natural clay pottery that breathes and ages over time? Maybe you prefer a high shine glazed planter. Just make sure that whatever planter you select you want to have enough room for the bulbs to stack. The larger the pot the larger display of color you will be rewarded with. Also, make sure that there is a drain hole in the bottom. If it doesnít then you can read more here about how to drill your own hole.
First, select the type of bulbs you want. Go to your local Nursery or Garden Center or order online. Most bulbs will need 6 to 8 inches of soil at a minimum. Take into account how tall they will grow. Since we are going to stack them, start by putting the larger bulbs on the bottom of the pottery. Did you put the pointed end up? Good! Cover with about 2 inches of soil and then start your next layer putting the smaller ones on top. When you pot them like this the smaller will bloom first next spring and the larger will fill in after. Try to have at least 7 bulbs in a pot and remember that the more bulbs the more blooms.
Lastly always use new and good potting soil. You canít use dirt out of the ground for many reasons. Fill your pot with potting soil up to a few inches from the rim. Then move the pots inside the garage if they canít stay out all winter. Your bulbs may like the cold but not all garden pottery is meant to sit outside. Then when the weather starts to warm up move them outside and place in a sunny spot.
Here are few fun tips using egg shells to help improve your potted gardens.
Add ground egg shells to the bottom of your potted plants or veggies. This gives the plants a nice dose of calcium which helps stop the blossom end from rotting.
If you have larger pieces of egg shell use them to cover the drain hole so that the soil won't run out. They are lighter than rocks and they will allow the air flow to moveeasier into the soil. Over time they will break down and give your potted plants nutrients.
Add finely crushed shells directly to your compost bin. Make sure you crush them up very well or grind them into a powder with your blender.
This is a easy and natural way to add nutrients to the soil you use next season in your potted plants & vegetables. You can even use a old coffee grinder. Just make sure to clean it out well.
If you have an issue with worms or slugs climbing into your planters, try sprinkling the surface soil with crushed shells. These guys don't like crawling their tender bodies over the sharp shell pieces. This also works well with pets on indoor potted plants.
Cat's like to scratch the soil but the rough egg shells don't feel nice on their paws to they stay away.
Line up vivid yellow daffodil plants in front of a window. Your room will feel sun-drenched as the light flows through them. Use terracotta clay colors for added beauty and give it all a organic kind of feel.
The earliest blooms of the season, crocuses are literal reminders that spring is right around the corner. Nestle crocus bulbs in pebbles to hold them upright and provide extra drainage. The stones also work great at soil toppers adding not only a decorative touch but a practical purpose. They help to keep the water in the planter from evaporating faster. Recycled kitchenware like colandersand casseroles are just right as whimsical containers for a bunch of crocuses.
Hyacinth! Watch em grow! Put out potted bulbs at various stages of growth so you can watch them bloom over time. Put your hyacinth pot inside a larger potand fill with moss for a simple yet elegant centerpiece. Beautiful!
These frilly flowers spread their mood boosting scent throughout your whole home.
Here's the drill: Buy hardy bulbs now and plant them before the ground freezes. Get the job done fast and efficiently with these tips.
1. Clear a spot. There are many ways to do this but if you are searching for spaces to tuck in bulbs, focus first on fall garden cleanup. Open areas will be revealed when you pull out spent annuals and cut back perennials. If you are using a garden planter make sure that it is cleaned out. If you re-use the same soil, add fertilizer to it to pump it up and give your bulbs the healthiest start.
2. Choose a tool. Dibbles and trowels are good for digging individual holes for small bulbs. An auger, shown, reduces fatigue if you have lots of holes to dig. Use a shovel to excavate one hole for a large clump of a dozen or more bulbs. When planting in a piece of pottery, you can use a hand trowel or else you can fill the pot half full of soil, set the bulbs in the dirt and then cover over with more dirt. If your pot is sitting out exposed thru winter, we recommend covering the top soil with mulch or straw.
3. Dig the right depth. Plant bulbs at a depth three times their height. Make sure that you don't place them to deep. Make sure the growing tip is pointing up, like those pictured here. Cover with soil, water. Spread mulch over the top to prevent heaving from freezing and thawing.
You may be asking yourself if it is too late to plant bulbs? You can plant spring flowering bulbs until garden soil is frozen or to hard to dig. But don't delay planting if you don't have to. The longer you wait, the less likely bulbs are to bloom next year.
Even though Spring is a ways off - this time of year - you should still be thinking about several garden chores that are crying out for attention right now. These simple tasks will pay off when Springtime rolls around.
Prepare your garden tools. Tune up your lawn mower and sharpen the blades. Wipe the wooden handles of garden tools with linseed oil and sharpen tool's edges. Replace broken handles or purchase new tools. Take a quick inventory and make a list of new tools you would like to buy and old ones you need to replace.
Pull out and spot check all of your garden pots - looking for cracks, chips, and damaged areas. Make a inventory list of basic pots you will need to get your Spring planting started. Walk around the patio, porch and garden areas where you will want to place decorative & over sized pottery. Take a tape measure and check out the approx height and width that a pot can be so that you are prepared while shopping online. Try not to guess-estimate the size needed. This is a common mistake made when ordering online.
Prune Shrubs and trees. Remove dead branches from woody plants, Then remove any cross-over branches that complete for sunlight. After several years, very little pruning is necessary. These shrubs & trees will be on their way to becoming beautiful specimens. However, if a shrub is neglected for several years, it make take 3 to 4 more years to get it back to health. One exception is late winter pruning on spring blooming shrubs. Don't prune anything except dead branches until these plants finish blooming.
Test the soil in pots and flower beds. If plants in one area did not perform well, take soil samples to local nursery to analyze it for help or move the plant to better locations and see how you do then.
Last recommendation is to keep a garden journal in the coming season. It helps to plan garden events so you can track when items bloomed and if or when you may of experienced any bad occurances.
Climate plays a role in container gardening because it depends on what you're growing and when your growing it. You don't need to worry about winter if you are into single-season containers. However its still important to know when the weather has warmed up enough in spring so it's safe to set out tender plants that can't tolerate frost.
If however, your containers are filled with permanent plants - perennials, trees, and shrubs - then you need to tune in more carefully to the regions climate. In most cases, winter temperatures are the deciding factor in what will survive in your climate.
A great tip to remember is that growing plants in containers allows you to grow plants that otherwise may not survive in your climate if you are willing to take extra steps to protect them in extreme temps - like moving them to protected spots.
As you already know, container plants are more vulnerable to extreme temps (especially cold) than the same plant growing in the ground. Soil temps rarely drop below the 20's but because of the soils residual heat. The soil in containers can freeze solid when exposed to cold temps. Temperatures that alternate between freezing and thawing post another challenge. On a sunny winter day they soil may thaw and then at night refreeze when the temperatures drop. Once soil freezes again it expands and push plants up out of the soil. This is the time that a ceramic or clay pay will crack.
Knowing the frost dates for your region is kind of like peering into a crystal ball. If you move your containers to a sheltered place for the winter, the plants may being sprouting earlier in spring than they would have had they wintered outdoors. Then, if you bring the plants outdoors before the last spring frost date the chances are good that the new growth will be nipped by frost. To be safe, if overwintering plants have begun to sprout in their sheltered spot, wait until after the last frost date to bring them outdoors.
To be totally successful, you really do need to keep an eye on the weather, especially in fall when cold snaps can threaten warm season plants. We advise you move small containers into a garage or enclosed porch, where temps stay a few degrees warmer than outdoors. Move them back when the threat has passed.
Cover large planters with old sheets, cardboard boxes, or anything that holds heat. Use stakes to prop up the cover to avoid breaking stems. Extend covering all the way to the ground, and secure it around the base of the container to help hold in the heat. Remove covers the next morning once temps warm up to the 50's.