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Pot Tips you can use everyday!



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Few Container Gardening Tips



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We have talked about container garden tips in the past but we still seem to come up with more that we would like to share.  Hope you find some useful here.

Give potted plants the conditions they need.  Assess the site for your contained garden as you would for an in ground planting.  Does the area get full sun, filtered shade or deep shade?  Choose plants accordingly.  Is the area sheltered or exposed to lots of wind?  If it's exposed, you will need to install a trellis, windbreak, or other protection before placing your garden planters there.

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Use foliage plants lavishly.  They add structure and form to the area and are a good foil for flower displays.  They also create a point of interest in shade, especially when you use glossy leaves to catch the light, or ones with white and yellow markings.

Choose containers to match the style of your home. One a Mediterranean terrace you can use terracotta tuscany style pots and use bright colored pottery with glossy finishes in front of a Cape Cod that needs a little boost of something.  Don't mix to many pots but stick to a theme.

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Indoor pots can easily match your decorating style.  Shiny, matte, colorful or plain clay - there are so many options to choose from that will blend in an add character to your indoor needs.

Pay attention to watering. Containers that dry out fast, especially in hot, windy weather. If you have many pots, make it easy by trying some of the following devices:

A.  A Hose end nozzle with an off-on lever allows you to turn off the water between containers.
B.  Long handled watering wands attach to garden hoses to extend your reach.
C.  Garden coils - self retracting hoses also extend reach and take up little space.
D.  Drip irrigation delivers water to individual containers and is easy to install with times.

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Potted plants are magicians.  They can turn hardscape into landscape.  Pots filled with greenery and flowers soften the hard edges or a patio or deck. They also create the feel of a garden where there is no earth to plant one.  Plants in pots contribute gentle textures, graceful movement, delicious scents, and seasonal changes.

They lure butterflies, hummingbirds, and other welcome visitors  In short, they can add life to urban outdoor spaces.  Best of all, because container plantings are portable, you can make little changes at any time without disturbing the whole scene.

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Got A MInute?



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Enjoy these time-saving gardening tips from multitasking moms?

 
Can there possibly be such a thing as a mother with too much time on her hands?  We don't think so.  With work, play dates, sports practice, dance lessons, gymnastics and much more, time is more than precious.  So, how can a mother who is pulled in different directions still have time to plant a potted veggie garden and at the same time teach her children about growing their own food?  Here are a few tips that we hope will help.

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Start out by limiting the amount of vegetables that you grow.  This is not the time to rush in with a huge variety that you won't be able to care for.  It will also eliminate extra work on clean up.  Start with good size planters and only planting one variety in it.  Tomatoes are fun, easy to grow and great for the little one to eat.  Use them in salads and tomato saucers.  A little helper can pick and prepare them.  Each year introduce a new veggie.  Let them help you decide which vegetable to grow.

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Time doing things together is more precious than ever before.  Instead of you watching them in extra activities, planting a potted garden will be relaxing and something you both can enjoy while spending time together.  Gardening gets kids excited even at a young age and teaches him to be patient and gentle.  Besides what kids doesn't enjoy digging in dirt?

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Lastly, try potting up some healing aloe vera.  The next time your child gets a bee sting, a scratch or a burn, take them to the potted aloe and have them snip off a piece.  Then apply it to their scratch and watch the healing begin. They will experience instant pain relief.  Over time they will learn the value of having these types of plants around the house.  Keep the small planter next to the kitchen door or in the back yard where these types of accidents happen.
 
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Potted Sunflowers





Sunflower Seeds are tasty on their own and add delicious crunch to cereals, salads, chicken dishes and yogurt parfaits - and now research shows they can keep you energized all day long!

The reason:  A single handful (2oz.) prvides a full days dose of vitamin E, and Yale researchers have discovered that folks who get their daily RDA (22.5 IU) of this powerful nutrient from food, not supplements, have more energy and endurance.  Keep them on hand or better yet, grown your own.  It is easy and fun to do!
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Sunflowers are easy and inexpensive to grow!

Place seeds 1" deep and 6" apart in average to rich soil.  Plant in full sun, where they will not shade other plants.  Water well and keep the soil failrly mooist until the seeds sprout.  The seeds should be ready to harvest in 70 to 90 days, when the back of the flower head has turned mostly brown.  Cut the head off, leaving a few inches of stalk.  Hang to dry in a well ventilated area.  Extract the seeds by rubbing two flower heads together.

East raw or roast lightly in the oven.

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When planting them in pots, make sure the pot is large enough to hold the top heavy plant.  Put one plant per pot so there is plenty of room for root growth.  Try placing a plant stand with wheels under the pot so that you can move it around to where the sun is.

Sunflowers are useful, lovely and easy to grow.  Give it a try!




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