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Easy Vertical Garden Ideas

Vertical gardening has become the rage.  There are so many ways to achieve this type of gardening but we found this one where they used a garden trellis to get the effect that is desired. 
They are showing you how to build your own trellis and create a focal point in your yard or planter pots in one afternoon.
A trellis is a great solution to hid an eyesore or divide a space.  Hardware stores carry the pre-made latticework and post uprights you will need to construct a simple garden trellis.  Cedar, redwood, and pressure treated lumber are the best choices of wood for outside use.  Remember to only use galvanized steel screws and nails to secure the trellis frame.  Plan before you make cuts, and follow all safety precautions when using tools.
Use a post hole digger to dig deep enough to safely support the trellis through all weather conditions.  Pour a few inches of gravel at the bottom of the trellis or the garden pot that you may be planting in.  Set the trellis posts in the hole.  Make sure the posts stay level as you tightly pack the holes with a mix of dirt and gravel.  Once the trellis is secure, place your climbing plants in the ground and use biodegradable string to tie up and train your plants growth.
Instead of planting directly into the ground you can use a garden planter as the base and place the lattice inside.  Place the pot and lattice along a bare garden wall or anyplace that you need to add color and decoration.
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Post Last Updated: 9/18/2023 2:05:36 PM 

Maintenance in your garden planters.


What to do to your garden pottery affects the larger landscape around you.  Read these few tips and let us know.
1.  Are you composting all the green and brown waste your garden pottery produces?  Fallen leaves, weeds without seeds, grass clippings, spent flowers, and vegetables.  You need to dead head all potted plant materials and clean up any leaves that are sitting on or around your garden planters.

2.  Do you use natural fertilizers such as aged chicken manure or liquid fish emulsions to feed your veggies or potted annuals?  These all help the environment and are easy to use.
3.  Do you mulch or use materials to top your planted garden pots?  This helps to keep surface weeds from growing and helps considerably to conserve water?  We sell faux rocks that serve this purpose and are decorative and lovely.
4.  Do you water your potted plants efficiently so there is not a lot of runoff and waste?  Do it slowly, deeply and infrequently, always in early morning or evening and never on windy days.  We also sell the olla bottles that you plant in the pot that doesn't this for you easily and without any waste at all.  Check them out here.
These are just a few tips that we think are helpful.  Let us know what you think.
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Post Last Updated: 9/18/2023 2:06:13 PM 

Pot an Amaryllis NOW!


We know it's a bit early to be thinking about holiday gifts or decorations but if you follow these simple instructions NOW, you will have some really lovely items to work with.  It's very easy today and only requires a bit of early planning.
A cheerful amaryllis makes a wonderful holiday gift and you will want to plant some for yourself to enjoy and decorate with.  Below are the easy steps to follow so that you have great success.

Choose the container:  Measure the bulb or bulbs you are planning to pot and make sure that the size of planter is big enough.  You should go at least 2" larger in diameter than the size of the bulb and 2 inches deeper than the bulb with the roots.  You can plant in a glazed colorful container, a poly resin durable pot or the wildly used terracotta pot and saucer as shown.  Just make sure whatever you pick that it has a drain hole. 
2.  Add an inch or so of potting soil in the bottom of the pot.  Place the bulb in the container and add the mix around it being careful not to damage the roots.  Leave the top third of the bulb exposed.

3.  Moisten the soil and press it down gently to eliminate air pockets and make sure the bulb is sitting correctly and not leaning to one side or the other.  Put the amaryllis in a warm spot with indirect light.  Water lightly until the flower bud and leaves emerge.  Once this happens, move the potted bulb to a cooler area and water regularly.  Keep the soil moist but not soggy.  Keep the potted bulb away from bright light to extend the flowering.
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Post Last Updated: 9/18/2023 2:06:59 PM 

In a Country Garden Room


Bright Folk Art pieces from the garden bring fresh, lively style to a simple white room.  Read a few of the tips below and you can create a look like this with a few items found around the house, a couple of clear vases and a pile of sunflowers.
Against a back drop of clean lines and simple furnishings, a collection of folk art pieces and flowers give this living room a fresh, country garden feel.  Focusing on a few decorative birdhouses, apples, and sunflowers, keeps this lighthearted look unified and uncluttered.

The mantel over the fireplace is filled with clear glass vases that hold single stems of fresh or silk sunflowers.  A few green apples and a birdhouse area tucked between the vases to break up the look.  None of these vases are expensive.

You can use glass jars, or even a piece of clay pottery without a lot of fuss.  The same floral theme is in the added to a side table behind the couch and the coffee table in front of the couch.  Simple yet stunning!
A tabletop garden style display features birdhouses, antique display items like a candle holder and a shelf unit.  A small vase of flowers sits between these to add bright splashes of sunflower yellows.  The picket fence bearing a harvest of green apples recalls Grandmother cottage.

The little vignettes with favorite object make decorating fun and you can change them as often as you like, seasonally or just on a whim.  Use a water can to hold more flowers and sit a bowl of lemons underneath.  The color accents the sunflowers and the smell is heavenly.
Simple, colorful & easy to do.  Give it a go and tell us how it worked for you.
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Post Last Updated: 9/18/2023 2:07:29 PM 

Melody of Pink In This Garden Planter


How would you like to duplicate this stunning garden planter?  We can show you how with a few simple tricks we discovered.  Just follow the steps and you will see how easy this is to do.

In a basket weave rectangle garden
planter, sugar pink petunias are planted with ivy leaved pelargoniums and shaggy flowered pink dianthus with a deep red eye.  None of these plants require depth for its roots and provided they are fed and watered regularly, this will be very happy.  Of course any rectangle garden planter will work but we love the look of the basket weave.

First fill the base of the window box
shaped planter with a layer of washed gravel or a thin layer of pot filler.  Then add the compost or potting soil mixing in 2 teaspoons of plant food granules.  Now you can start the planting process.
Plant the tow pelargoniums 4 inches from either end of the window box.  Next is the petunia's, evenly spaced along the back edge of the rectangle.  Lastly plant four dinathus along the front edge, and the other tow on either side of the central petuna.  That's it!

We recommend you spread a thin layer of gravel around the plants.  Besides being decorative it also helps to retain the moisture and keep the soil from being wash away.  Make sure you place the planter in a sunny place so it get a lot of natural sunlight.
Once summer is over, the petunias and pelargoniums will need to be removed.  The dianthus will overwinter quite happily.  Just cut off any flower stems and add a fresh layer of gravel. Be sure and plant in Late Spring or early summer.
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Post Last Updated: 9/18/2023 2:08:12 PM 

Herbs in Garden Planters


Container gardening with herb plants is an easy alternative to keeping a formal herb garden.  Here are a few tips to help you get it right!
When considering whether or not to pot your herbs when planting, you must take into consideration if you have limited space, maybe bad garden soil, want to keep the herbs next to the back door for convenience of use in the kitchen, keep them from taking over the whole garden or just to prolong the growing season.

Maybe you live in a downtown high rise, an condo or apartment and don't have any space but a window ledge or balcony.  Whatever your reason, potting your garden herbs instead of planting directly into the ground is easy and abundant.  Here's how.

When choosing the container to use we first must decide if we are planting outdoors or indoors.  Obviously indoors require a smaller size garden planter and a saucer to catch water run off.  You can also pick a colored container that compliments the indoor room style and decoration.

Terracotta planters are best whether you plant indoors or outdoors because the clay breathes and is the healthiest choice.  However, they may not always be the first design choice and there ceramic and other products can work very well also.

You can plant all the herbs in one large garden pot or separate them into different pots for each type.  There are planters made specially for herbs, which have multiple pockets for each type.  They are usually called strawberry or pocket pots.

Be sure not to overcrowd the pots so that each plant has enough space to expand and reaches its potential.  We like to use pots to contain the root system on invading types.  You can plant directly into the pot and then plant the
pot directly into the ground.

When it comes to selecting the types of herbs you can experiment to your hearts desire.  Most herbs will grow indoors or out with great success.  Try keeping the kitchen herbs you use the most in cooking on the counter top within reach or place the pot right outside a kitchen window for easy access.

Use a good potting soil and use a fertilizer during the growing season.  Keep all pots indoors or out well watered and don't let them dry out completely.
By keeping the herbs trimmed will prolong their life cycle and help the re-growth.  Growing them in containers is easy, fun and rewarding to do.
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Post Last Updated: 9/18/2023 2:08:58 PM 

Dramatic Garden Focal Points


When your garden area calls for more than the usual and you are searching for a dramatic touch, we have a few suggestions!
To make a dramatic garden effect you need to go above and beyond the norm.  Include supersized garden containers that are massive & stunning in size and beauty.  Bright colors and fun designs are all acceptable but size alone can make a pretty powerful statement.

Fill them with right color, and textured plants and flowers.  Mix the different plant materials so that the pot overflows with character and interest.  The point is to think BIG.  Even a modest home can handle this kind of a dramatic statement.  Here are a few tips
Use unusual art in the garden area.  Use a step ladder to display and raise pots off the ground and give the garden height and beauty.  Place garden statuary, garden sphere's in bright colors and tuck clay figurines around the planters to add charm.   Make the display big by adding a lot of small items if necessary.

When using a large garden container made of concrete, sandstone or a heavy glazed clay, you want to take some points into consideration before you start.  Look for sun exposure.  Will the plants get direct sunlight or do they need partial shade.

Since these types of pottery containers are heavy you won't be able to move it or even rotate it for that matter, so the location is very important.  Then think over sized?  You are always advise to choose a proportion container but in this case we want you to go for the dramatic!
For a large planter to looks it's best you need to select plants of different sizes.  Place the taller in the center and surround it with smaller plants that will not over-take the larger centered one.  Finally always place plants that "fall" or drape over the side of the container.  If they are hiding an ugly pot all the better.  You must remember that it's the overall effect you are going for.
Last thing is to protect your containers. Make sure there are no cracks or chips that may cause the pot to deteriorate faster.  Keep the outside clear of moss and cleaned off.  Using large pots is fun and easy to do.  Just follow the simple tips listed above and you will create beautiful planted pots.
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Post Last Updated: 9/18/2023 2:09:28 PM 

Pots - Seeds - Bugs


Consider a few tips when potting plants for around your home and garden areas. 
1.  Keep soil clean and correct.  There are different types of soil that can be purchased from your local garden center.  Make sure you match the correct soil with the types of plants, flowers, or veggies that you are going to be potting.  Good garden soil actually can deter pests.

2.  Buy pest and disease seeds.  When buying seeds, search for letters like V.F.N or T after the name of a seed; they indicate the problems to which the seeds is most resistant.  If using grown plants make sure there are no weeds being transferred into the new pot.  They often harbor insects and disease organisms.
3.  Decaying plant matter is prime breeding ground for fungus, insects and disease, so remove faded blooms, fallen leaves and weeds is key.  Every time you visit your garden area or sit next to your potted plants, bring a small bucket and take a minute to tidy up. 

4.  If you find you must use insecticides, try to use natural products.  They will break down quickly in your garden planters when exposed to air and light.  Be sure to read and follow the directions because these products can be harmful if use improperly.
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Post Last Updated: 9/18/2023 2:09:59 PM 

Turn Garden Pottery Problems Into Pleasures!


Here are some winning solutions to typical problems faced by those with limited outdoor space.  Learn how to turn unusual spaces into a potted patio, how to transform a backyard or front yard into worlds of color and how to turn a deck into a splash of beauty and fragrance.
Problem:  Your patio is shapeless and plain.
Solution: Bright & bold colors are the answer.  Turn a small area just off the back of your home into a cherry spot to enjoy an abundance of over sized potted flowers.  Pot up some lush green plants that will accent the color.  Use some bright seat cushions on your chairs or paint them a intense color with lots of pop.

Problem:  A yard of only grass.
Solution:  Prepare different areas with soil & color.

If you find your yard is only green grass and you need to add some character and style then the easiest way is to cut patches into the grass and plant some color.  Remove the sod and turn the soil to aerate it.  Amend the soil with fertilizer and then place the potted flowers in the areas that you will plant them.  That way you can see the pattern before you plant.  Spread the flowers with green plants and add some rocks for added eye appeal.  Place garden art around the plants.  Don't cut sod into straight lines but rather a soft flowing pattern.
Problem:  Deck looks bare.
Solution: Use seating & planters to add character to the patio even during the winter months.  Place patio furniture that can sit out all year long on the patio even during the months when not in use.  The visual effect can not be diminished.  Use large pots to take up empty corners and fill them with plants & colorful flowers.   Flowering plants in bright colors add a lot to any space.
Give these simple steps a try and tell us how they worked for you!
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Post Last Updated: 9/18/2023 2:11:04 PM 

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