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Turn Baskets Into Garden Planters



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We love to see baskets used as garden planters.  Any type of container that can be reused, recycled or re-purposed is a plus for us, for you and for the environment.  A basket container adds so much texture, and interest to your porch or patio that it has to be encouraged and implemented.

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If you donít have a favorite basket that you no longer want indoors or if you need to purchase baskets to turn into garden planters, then look no further than a thrift store or garage sale.  Most folks have them already laying around because they make the most wonderful ways to organize all kinds of household items.

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Like with any flowerpot start by thinking about what you want to pot.  Are you into houseplants or colorful flowers.  Do you need a small basket planter for a table-scape or will this stand alone holding a large tree or shrub?  Is the baskets pretty worn looking and could use a touch of color or is the beauty of the rattan lovely in itís natural state?

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Start by painting it or not. Then the most important step is to spray a couple of coats of a protectant clear sealer.  This will help the basket to last longer and is a very inexpensive step to follow.  If you donít want to pot directly into the basket you will need to line it with a garbage bag that is cut to fit.  If the basket pot has a tight weave you can plant directly into it.  Make sure the bag doesnít show at the top.  You want to poke a few drain holes in the bottom of the bag.

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Next add some pea gravel, rocks or pot shards to the bottom.  This helps with the basket planter drainage and to hold the basket down if it gets windy outside.  Follow the rocks with potting mix but only fill about 2/3 full.  Because you will need room for the plants and donít want them all the way to the top of the basket container. 

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Lastly, once the plants are potted, you can add some more soil to cover the roots but donít pack to hard and donít fill the basket to full and you should be good to go.  Display this lovely basket planter on the porch next to the front door, on the patio on a table or anywhere you want some texture, color and beauty.

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2018 2:15:52 PM 

Hanging Flower Pots



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Have you ever seen a hanging flower pot over flowing with colorful flowers that you didn't just love?  They are some of the most stunning and decorative flower pots you can display.

There are many types of hanging baskets & planters that you can purchase from your local nursery or right here at Arizona Pottery.  We sell a poly resin light weight garden bowl that is durable, comes in 32 colors, hangs from a tri-chain and is available in 5 large sizes.  You can create a nice display or go with our huge size and create a display that can't be rivaled by anyone else. At 25" round this baby is huge.

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Because our light weight hanging pots are custom made for you, you get to decide if you want a drain hole or not. This is good for deciding on where the pot will hang.  Do you want it draining over a patio chair. Probably not.  So we give you a choice.

After you decide on what container you are going to use, it's time to think about potting soil & water needs.  Purchase a nice potting soil meant for flowers.  This way you will have the best chance of a colorful display.  When it comes to water, make sure you keep the soil moist but not damp.  So you will need to water every day.  Since the pot is hanging, the circulating air will cause the soil to dry out faster than a normal garden pot.

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Then select the types of flowers, bulbs, trailing ivies, succulents, cactus or evergreens that you want to display.  We suggest mixing them up to create a greater effect.  Plant one hanging planter with all colorful flowers, another with a lush green fern and so on.  Try to plant the center first and move around to the outside of the pottery.  Try a small palm in the center shooting up, surround with colorful flowers and end the outside with trailing vines.

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Now pick where they will hang.  Off a wall, on a fence post, along the railing on a porch.  Place there where they can get some sunlight and if you have drain holes where they won't drain onto a chaise or chair. If you have a seating area on your patio try placing them around the outer edge so people are hitting their heads on them or the planters aren't draining where people will walk and possibly slip.

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It sounds like a lot to remember but the main point is to create something wonderful.  Lots of color, fragrance & visual beauty!  You will not regret adding a couple of hanging planters to your garden pottery display.  Good Luck!
 
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Post Last Updated: 3/14/2017 2:19:55 PM 

Easter Baskets Clay Pots



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Simple, Cute Craft Idea for Easter Basket or Decoration!
 
We see many craft ideas using clay flowerpots all over the web. But, we were drawn to this idea for its simplicity and ease.  We thought these clay pots would not only make a cheery Easter decoration but how about a homemade Easter Basket for young or old.

Start with our Italian Terracotta Flower Pots which are the most compact, smooth clay being manufactured today.  Purchase some pastel acrylic paint and paint the pots in a rainbow, solid or anyway you choose to decorate them.  Fill with shredded colorful paper available from most craft stores and fill with Easter goodies or treat. How much more simple does it get and look how cute it turns out.

Have them hide around your home for the kids to find Easter morning, give to a office coworker or friendly neighbor.  Include a seed packet so they can use the decorated clay pot to grow a plant with Spring right around the corner.

We also like the idea of having one already painted, then setting up a craft table for the grandkids on Easter morning while the adults prepare Easter Supper.  So many fun ideas from a few clay pots and paint.  Have fun!
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 3:09:51 PM 

Baskets of Blooms.




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Add height to your garden with baskets of color draping under arbors, porches, fences, windows & walls.
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What we would like to share here are a few tips on how to plant into these baskets:

To get a full, ball effect, choose compact, bushy varieties of annuals.  When mixing a variety of plants, the most important quality of a hanging bouquet is it's trailing habit, covering the sides of the container with blooms or green foliage.

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Plant taller varieties in the center and those with trailing or vining habits around the edges.

Enhance the spherical shape by pinching off the main shoots of the plants when they reach the desired height.  This simple chore encourages growth of side shoots.  Rotate the hanging container regularly.

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Once a week is best for rotation so that all flowers receive equal exposure to sunlight.  Be vigilant about deadheading spent blooms and pinching leggy plants.  Check moisture often especially on hot days.
 
With a little planning ahead and few weekly duties, your hanging baskets will be beautiful and successful.
 
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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2017 3:09:14 PM 



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