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Choosing A Garden Planter

How to choose the correct garden planter?

One of the joys of gardening or decorating your porch or patio is the chance to express your artistic side.  You get to select the container you will be using, the plants & soil you will be using.  All the fun stuff for sure!

But, when it comes to selecting your gardening container, planter pot or decorative vase, you first must consider the plant materials.
Roots need oxygen and so they need room to grow and drain correctly.

The best place to start is with the plants.  Each plants nursery tag will tell you how large they will grow, how far to space them and the types of soil they like best.  You need to know this when choosing a pot.

Then you can choose the correct potting soil & fertilizer mixes.  Make sure you follow the instructions on the plant to have the most successful chance of growth and blooming.  Also, make sure you purchase enough to fill the size of planter you have.  You can also fill the bottom of the planter with pot filler so that you won't need as much soil and it will make the garden planter lighter.


And of course, you save the best part for last!  Selecting the correct garden container to plant it.  Now is the time to look at all your options.  What goes best with my outdoor decor, how large do I need?  Does the garden planter have a drain hole?  

Some basic information to consider when choosing a flowerpot is:

Terracotta:  Made of clay, healthy because it breathes.  Low fired so it will break down over time in the sun and from chemicals in water.

Glazed:  Clay that is glazed and then high fired for a durable finish.  Long lasting, colorful but will crack in freezing temps or from being bumped.


Concrete:  Durable, color choices, finish choices, heavy & hard to move.  American Made.  Formed in a mould and cured.

Sandstone:  A dry pack concrete mix that is hand packed into a mould.  Durable, can handle freezing temps.  Choice of colors.


Poly Resin:  Lightweight, commercial grade plastic.  Will never fade, chip, warp or crack.  32 colors to match all outdoor decor.  American Made and holds up to all weather conditions.


Hope these tips will help making the purchase of a home and garden yard planter easier and more fun.

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Post Last Updated: 8/21/2023 3:40:18 PM 

New Gardening Trends For 2023

New Gardening Trends for 2023

After a pandemic when we were all stuck at home, we are now starting to see folks getting more interested in fixing up their gardens and planted containers around the house. Everything now points to the interest in gardening showing no signs of slowing.


Some Home Grown Wonders - Now that container gardening is on a rise you see more folks planting a flowerpot with food items. Herbs, small veggies like scallions, & cherry tomatoes. Perfect vegetables for smaller container for a balcony or apartment living situation. Carrots, edible flowers, lettuce and greens. Tired of spending money at the grocery store for cut flowers?  Grow flowers in a flowerpot.


You can plant them in a terracotta flowerpot on your porch or patio. If you harvest them a bit at a time they can last a season. Or try planting two types in the same pottery that grows at different times. That way you will have blooming flowers a full season. Living in a smaller setting like a mini house or penthouse?


Flowerpots are the perfect answer for small spaces. You can use one large window box, small standard pots or stacked flowerpots. Place them on a patio or balcony, or indoors next to a window. Grow something fun and it will bring a satisfaction that you may have missed during the pandemic.

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Post Last Updated: 8/21/2023 3:40:27 PM 

Add Leftover Morning Coffee To Houseplants


Didn't finish your morning coffee?
Give it to your houseplants.

When you fix that one cup of morning Joe that you look forward to every day and then get interrupted and it doesn't get finished.  Don't pour it down the drain, because someone in your house can still use it.

Coffee is helpful to your potted houseplants, adding nutrients and minerals to the potting soil.  It contains nitrogen, potassium and magnesium which can help your plant as much as fertilizer.

Some obvious tips are to let the coffee cool to room temperature. You potted houseplants do not want or can use hot coffee which would damaged the potted plants roots.  Secondly use black coffee.  The healthy plants don't want or need any additives like cream or half & half.  You can always dilute the coffee with water to tone it down a bit.  The container with plants will thank you for that!

Lasty, try not to do this long term on a regular basis.  In doing so it could thru the pH balance of the potting soil off and kill your plant.  You can always use a pH monitor to check this.

This is a fun and useful way to use your left over coffee.  Just proceed with caution.

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Post Last Updated: 8/22/2023 10:07:52 AM 

Grow A Salad Bar In A Garden Container

Salad Bar Garden Containers

Have you noticed that more and more people are getting into planting the items they will use in small amounts and not investing in huge gardens they can’t afford in time and money.

We suggest getting the largest planters you can afford that will fill your space and fill them with items that compliment each other.  Here we suggest a salad bar potted container that is functional and beautiful.  Without requiring a lot of work or money.

Plant lettuces, and greens like spinach, swiss chard, and assorted greens.  Then add some herbs like thyme, rosemary and basil.  Be sure and put in parsley.  We love flat leaf and also curly parsley for decoration on plates.  Put up a garden planter with cherry tomatoes or scallions.

Think of all the wonderful healthy plants you can grow in a garden planter right outside your kitchen door for easy access.  If you have room plant onions, and carrots.  All of these types of vegetable do wonderful in large garden pottery filled with fresh potting mix.

Grow your own salad bar in a planter and we think you will really enjoy it.

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Post Last Updated: 8/21/2023 3:45:01 PM 

Tips For Beautiful Patio Containers


Tips for beautiful patio or porch containers

1.  Bigger is always better.  If you start with a large garden planter it provides more room for the plants roots to grow.  A large piece of pottery needs less watering since there's more soil to hold the moisture.  And if you put our pot filler in the bottom of the pot it helps to retain the moisture.

2.  Water your watering.  Water a potted planter when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.  Your potted plants do not want to have their roots in standing water.  It promotes disease and rot.  Too much water is just as bad as not enough.

3.  All Potted planters need to be placed in a flowerpot that has a drain hole.  This makes sure there is proper drainage.  Again, you don't want your potted plants sitting in standing water.

4.  The best way to start your new plantings for Spring is to make sure to use a slow release fertilizer.  By doing this you are giving your newly planted flowers & plants the best start.

5.  Don't skimp on plant materials either.  When planning your container design make sure you have more than enough flowers, plants or herbs to fill the pottery.  A flowerpot overflowing with lush green plants or colorful flowers looks better than sparse plantings.  Unfortunately, you will have to prune more and cut back but that's better than the opposite.

6.  When it comes to soil for your home and garden planters do NOT use garden soil.  It is best to start with organic potting soil for these containers that you purchase at your local garden center or nursery.

7.  Read all plant tags.  Make sure that plants or flowers you put in one garden pot are meant to go together, and requite similar water needs and sunlight.

8.  Try to mix it up when it comes to tall plants in the center of the garden container and low spillers around the outside. That makes the best looking display.

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Post Last Updated: 8/21/2023 3:41:44 PM 

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