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Oreo Dirt Cake In A Flowerpot



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We have all seen these cakes in a flowerpot for parties, brunches, showers, wedding or any special occasion but we wanted to add a few fun tips to help recreate these.  Watch your guest light up when they see this creations in a clay garden pot. They think they are real and don't know they can really eat it.  Once you tell them the fun begins.

You can use one large flowerpot like the recipe below you break the pudding & cookies up into individual small clay flowerpots.  Both work great.

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Serves 12

Have a clean new terra cotta clay garden pot 8" x 10"
Cover the drain hole in the bottom of the flower pot with wax paper circle so the pudding doesn't drain out.  Or place a whole oreo cookie over the hole as shown.

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In a food processor crush cookies till fine.  set aside.  In a bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar till smooth.  In another bowl, mix pudding and milk till blended. Fold into cream cheese mix.  Fold in the whipped topping.

Start by alternating layers of cookie crumbs and pudding mix. End with cookie crumbs on top so that it looks like dirt.  Chill the cake pots for several hours or overnight.

Now is the time to decorate.  Use silk flowers, rock candy and gummy worms.  You can cut a straw off and insert into the pudding first, then stick the silk flowers into the straws. They are stiffer and hold up better.  Have fun with decorating. We have seen all kinds of fun ideas.

1 -15 1/2 oz pkg Oreo cookies
1 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese
4 T butter softened
1 C confectioners sugar
2 - 3.4 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
3 1/2 C cold milk
1 - 12oz carton frozen whipped topping thawed

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Post Last Updated: 7/4/2017 12:51:55 PM 

Still Talking Terracotta Pottery Tips!



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Arizona Pottery imports clay garden pottery from around the world. In this post we will refer to Chinese Clay Pots. As we stated before Italian terracotta is the best in the industry. Lightweight, wonderful color and great firing process.

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Chinese terracotta flowerpots are made of a very heavy, thick clay. After the planters are formed by hand and fired in a mud hut they will have a very rough texture to them. If you rub your hand down the side, it will feel uneven and scratchy. Because of the clay mix you will also see a whitewashed finish. It looks like a powder coating but what it is showing is the calcium that is in the clay. It turns whitish when fired.

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If you seal these pots, which we recommend, it will darken the clay up and not be as noticeable. Because these Chinese clay pots are very porous they will absorb a lot of moisture and will contribute to a faster deterioration of the clay. Of course this is where sealing again will help to prolong the life of the clay.

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On a scale from Best to Worse - Chinese terracotta pottery is considered middle of the road. Even though it's rough it comes in some super decorative designs. You will see hex pots, lots of garlands and details. They aren't as defined as the Italian pots but are still unique. We love basket weaves, cherubs, and medallion embellishments.

Seal these planters, store them for winter if possible and you will be very pleased with their performance in your garden for years!

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Post Last Updated: 3/23/2017 5:50:48 PM 

2 Ways To Start A Potted Aloe Vera



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Here in Arizona we have a lot of Aloe Vera plants growing naturally.  Seeing these wonderful plants potted and placed on a patio as part of your landscape décor is easy to do.  Growing them in a pot is easy but starting from an aloe leaf is rather tricky.  Most people will start with an offshoot which tends to be easier to do.

Starting with a leaf is rather difficult because these plants have a lot of moisture and will dry out before they can take root.  But, using an offset is easier.  Find an aloe leaf that is a bit over 3” long.  Maybe you have a potted aloe already in your yard or on your patio.  Cut the leaf at the base using a sharp, clean knife.  Try cutting in a downward angle. Place the leaf in a warm place for a film to form over the cut.  Anywhere from a few days to weeks.

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Now select the pot you want to use.  Make sure that it has a drain hole.  Most pots will work fine but we recommend you start with a terracotta clay flowerpot.  Terracotta clay is meant to breathe and will start your plant out with the healthiest chance.  Fill the garden planter with cactus soil and dampen it.  Stick the leaf cut side down into the soil burying it by 1/3.

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Place the clay garden pot some place warm and sunny and water it with care.  For 4 weeks keep the soil moist. Then wait till soil is completely dry before you water it again. Don’t worry if the leaf shrinks and dries while it is developing roots.

Another way is to start with an off shoot.  Smaller than the main plant and has 4 leaves several inches tall.  Follow the directions above for planting.  Make sure the roots are completely covered in soil.  Water enough to make soil damp but not soaking.  Place the pot in a sunny spot and wait one week before you water it again.

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Now decide which method is better for you.  But, know that unless you pot these aloe plants they will take over your garden.  By keeping them contained in a garden pot – you will be able to decide where you want them to grow.  Good Luck!

 
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Post Last Updated: 12/8/2016 3:50:54 PM 

Potting Bulbs Now In Clay Garden Pots



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Now that Fall is here, people are thinking about family get together, holiday visitors, cooking & gift giving.  Thinking about your garden planters and next Spring is not even a vague notion.  But, as you will read, now is the time to be thinking about planting up your garden bulbs. 

It only takes a bit of planning to assure that next Spring when you least expect it colorful flowers will start shooting up from your garden planters.  So, what is the first step?  How about deciding what flowerpots you want to plant the bulbs in.


Clean out a summer planter or how about purchasing that one pot you have had your eyes on for some time now!  Either way, make sure that the pots you select are deep enough to bury the bulbs into, making sure they are completely covered with potting soil. Azalea pots are shorter than a standard flowerpot but they work well.  A drain hole is also important.  That way the bulbs don’t sit in standing water and possibly rot.

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Planting fall bulbs in containers is similar than planting them directly into the soil.  What’s great is that you can really pack a bunch of bulbs together creating a colorful potted display when bloomed.   Try to plant the bulbs 6” deep with the pointy end facing up and the roots down.  Group them together for a huge display or space them for a sparse display.  Try to keep the bulb count odd not even.

Cover the top of the clay garden pot with mulch to protect the bulbs while they over winter.  You can use leaves, peat moss, pine needles or a mulch product from your local garden center.  That’s it.  Not all that difficult.  So, if you plan NOW think about what you will have next Spring!

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Post Last Updated: 12/8/2016 3:54:00 PM 



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