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Grow & Dry Potted Basil



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How to dry fresh basil.

You may ask why we are bringing up drying basil in the dead of winter?  Well, we think you should be planning now what herbs, flowers, and plants you want to grow in garden containers this coming spring.  So maybe if we tell you how to dry potted basil (popular herb) and why you want to dry it, you will include it in your coming garden décor.

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Dried basil in flowerpots can be used in so many cooking recipes.  Sauces, pesto, chicken and pasta dishes.  It really is one of the most used and desired herbs you can pot and grow at home.  And, have you ever priced basil at the grocery store?  argh.

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If you donít want to grow your own basil in flowerpots you can always dry any fresh basil that you purchase at the grocery store.

After harvesting the basil grown in clay planters, make sure itís gently washed.  Lay the basil bunches in a dish strainer or on a kitchen towel where they can dry completely.  Remove as much stem as possible because they donít dry so well.

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Preheat your oven to the lowest setting.  Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread leaves out so they arenít touching. Place in the oven for around 1 to 2 hrs. checking every 15 mins or so.  You donít want the leaves to burn but just feel dry to the touch.  Remove and cool completely.  Now you can crumble it up removing any stems.  Bottle the crumbles and store in a cabinet out of sunlight.

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See how simple this is!  You can easily grow and dry your own basil in almost any size and kind of flowerpot.  By using a clay planter instead of planting directly into your yard or garden, you can container the roots from spreading.  We like to grow all herbs in terracotta clay instead of other types of garden pottery because the clay will breathe and that is good for creating healthy roots.  So, if you have clay flowerpots or any clay planters laying around use those first.  Just make sure they are large enough to hold the number of herbs you want to grow.

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Post Last Updated: 2/20/2020 2:02:42 PM 

Bring Succulents Indoors For Winter



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Bring Potted Succulents indoors for Winter

Winters cold is not the easiest condition for potted succulents, plants, bushes, and trees to stand up to. Especially if they are planted in clay flowerpots or clay containers.  Most succulents are hard enough to keep healthy under normal weather conditions but winter brings a whole new set of issues.

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It at all possible it is a best practice to bring your clay containers of succulents indoors or at least into a garage or garden shed.  This isnít a necessity but a helpful step to assure the potted succulents have the best chance of surviving the cold.  If itís not possible you can take added steps to mulch the potting mix, wrap the whole planter in bubble wrap or burlap or just let them tough out Winter and re-evaluate next Spring.

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If you can bring all clay flowerpot succulents indoors give them one good watering before you do. That way they will be nice and moist and you wonít have to start with the watering process right away. This means you need garden saucers for each clay planter or you will have to move the clay flowerpots to the sink to water them.  Like most houseplants, succulents need well, draining flowerpots or garden bowls.

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Now check the potting mix in each terracotta flowerpot.  If itís compact and hard itís best to replace it or at the very least work it to soften it up.  All root systems like the loose potting mix to grow and expand in.  Clean up the planters so that you donít bring any bugs indoors.  Remove old leaves, twigs and other debris that may be on, in or around the pot.

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Lastly, trim the succulent up if necessary.  Any old spent leaves or climbing string of pears can be clipped off and cut shorter.  Since succulents donít grow fast you donít need to go overboard here.  The idea is to just give it a manicured look not so much a hair cut and a shave look!  LOL

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Place your garden pots in a sunny window, donít overwater, make sure itís not too warm in the house and your outdoor potted succulents will give you a steady stream of beauty all thru the cold winter months until you move them outside again come Spring.

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Post Last Updated: 2/5/2020 2:10:55 PM 

A Few Reasons to Use Clay Flowerpots in Your Yard



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Contain Invasive Plants

Clay flower pots are a great way to show off your favorite plants without threatening native species. There are lots of otherwise invasive plant varieties that look great when they are planted in separate pots: mint, ivy, honeysuckle, periwinkle, and certain types of ornamental grasses do best when they are kept apart from the group. Itís all the beauty of the plants you love without any of the hassles.

Keep Plants Healthy

Clay flowerpots have the unique benefit of being porous. This allows air and water to move through the walls of your pottery, which prevents soil disease and root rot. In fact, many plants like cacti and succulents actually prefer the drier soil that can be achieved with clay pots. Plan your plantings at the beginning of the season and watch them thrive!

Versatility

Clay flowerpots have a classic look that can be enjoyed indoors or out, depending on the types of plants you choose to grow. Their neutral tones mean that they can be placed just about anywhere without detracting from the natural beauty of your garden. This is a great way to keep the focus on your plants.

Stability

Clay flowerpots are heavier than their plastic counterparts, which will help avoid tipping in the wind. They are also still lightweight enough to move if necessary. This contrasts with stone or concrete planters, which are typically too heavy to move once they are placed. So, go ahead: rearrange to your heartís content!

Clay flowerpots lend a natural, classic look to any garden. Their beauty doesnít stop there, though! Over the years, clay flowerpots actually acquire a beautiful patina that is extremely attractive to homeowners and visitors alike. This sign of age is highly sought after and can even lend an extra element of character to your garden.

Some Notes to Maximize Success

While clay flowerpots are a great asset to any garden, there are a few things to consider before decorating the entire yard. There are two critically important factors to consider:

  1. The temperature of your space
  2. The amount of water your plants need

Clay flowerpots will crack and break if they are left outdoors in cold weather. This is because the clay holds water, which expands and contracts as you would expect during temperature fluctuations. We recommend choosing a few methods to protect your clay flower pots during freezing winter temperatures.

Similarly, clay is porous, which means that you will need to water your plants more frequently than usual to maintain the same levels of moisture in the soil. This doesnít bother most gardeners and can even be an asset for those who plant cacti or succulents.

Donít wait to get the garden of your dreams! Contact Arizona Pottery Contact Arizona Pottery today to learn more or view our selection of terracotta clay pottery to enhance your own garden.



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Post Last Updated: 2/20/2020 2:04:38 PM 

Plant Leaves In Clay Planters



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How to create interesting garden containers

If you have a green thumb touch, or maybe not so much here are some tips that may help when it comes to what types of plant materials to pot in your garden containers.  Of course, everyoneís tastes are different and we encourage that, but these tips can work in general ways also.  These tips also work with all types of garden containers.  Clay flowerpots, Clay Planters, Concrete Pottery, Glazed flowerpots, tall, thin and window box pottery.  Make it simple and keep it simple!

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Mix different leaf textures & sizes
Potting green plants in your home and garden pottery or containers is not the most exciting thing to do but if you think about it, they make a wonderful filler for very little financial investment.  If you put your palms, flowers, bulbs or succulents in the center of your planter and fill the border with leaves and greens you will have a much fuller flower pot arrangement without a lot of expense.

Sample:

Lambís Ear:  We love these silky soft leaves.   They range from pale yellow to deep emerald green and have a fuzzy softness to them.  These are great when planted in clay planters all alone because they grow fast and provide lots of colors as well as filler.  The leaves have almost a light grey cast to them because of all the fuzz.  Love it!

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Ferns:  Ferns are known for their feathery tapered leaves.  They range in too many colors to list here but they are perfect as filler or as stand-alone.  Each leaf has a natural bend to it so it looks lovely draped on the outside of your clay flowerpots and glazed planters.  Ferns are also perfect for patio or porch hanging terracotta planters.

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Hosta:  These leaves are little paddles that look lovely when mixed with spikey flowers or plants that have height.  A deep green that complements all colors of flowers, even white.  When mixed with other green leaf plants they add a tremendous contrast in color and style to all your clay planters or clay flowerpots.

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So hopefully these few suggestions can spark some inspiration in you and make potting up your home and garden planters, clay flowerpots or clay window box planters easier, more enjoyable and lovely to look at.
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Post Last Updated: 2/5/2020 1:17:59 PM 

Save Water With Ollas



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What is an Olla and why do you need them?

The definition of an olla is a low fired, clay ceramic vessel used to save a gardener time, energy and water.  Potted planters watered this way do not put stress on water sources and help potted plants to live long healthy lives.  A clay olla watering jar is considered an inexpensive way to maximize the output of your garden while minimizing overwatering, runoff and water loss.

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When watering your garden containers, it is sometimes difficult to get enough water to the roots of the plants only without the water flowing out the bottom drain hole and on to the porch or patio surface.  With the olla planted in the center of the flowerpot, the water will seep out the sides of the porous clay directly into the area where the roots are located.  Many times, the roots will be drawn to this source of water and wrap themselves around the olla bottle.  Water irrigation for garden planters becomes super-efficient and has little runoff or evaporation.

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Bury a watering clay olla in the center of your garden container, leaving 2Ē above the opening of the bottom so dirt and mulch donít fall inside.  Gently tap soil around the olla making sure there are no air pockets.  Fill with water.  Plan on checking the water levels of the ollas on a regular schedule until you have worked with them for a bit to understand how much and how often you should refill them.

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Small size watering ollas are good for porch and patio pots.  Usually, space would be about 2 feet long like a window box planter or wide like a round garden pot or garden bowl.  The medium size is best when you have large planters where you need to water around 3 feet.  The large size is better for potted trees, large shrubs or the largest planters you have.  You can always use multiple ollas in each pot or window box.

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FYI:  When leaving for a short vacation, Ollas are the perfect solution for your flowers to stay healthy and watered while you are gone.  With the slow release of water, they should be good for up to 10 days or so.

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So, a quick recap:
Ollas save water
Good for when on Vacation
Saves money and is inexpensive to purchase & place.
Self-regulating watering system
Promotes root development
Improves soil structure


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