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Winning Window Box Planters



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It is so easy to take a simple looking home front and turn it into something super special with a window box garden planters.  It adds color, beauty & function to the outside of any home.

Window box planters are the easiest way to add some pizzaz to your home exterior where you may have large windows that can use some trim & detail.  Window box means just what it says. A box you attach to a window preferably on the front of your home that holds colorful flowers and trailing vines.

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Large windows both tall and wide offer the greatest possibilities for climbers scrambling all the way up the sides, tall bushy plants inside these, curving down to even smaller plants.  Change it up with the heights and colors of the plants to add the most interest.

Trailing plants are vital, spilling out of the window box planter and cascading downward to add further depth to the display.  They add an exotic touch and help to balance the look.

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Speaking of climbers and trailers, it's interesting to experiment with mixed plant materials for unusual effects.  For example, two different types of climbing vines may be placed close together to scramble up through one another.  Perhaps the ivy with handsome glossy foliage, and a sweet pea to twine up through it.

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Lastly, ask yourself if you were walking by your house what do you think would look great?  Then ask yourself if you were sitting inside the house looking out what would you like to see?  Make sure all your hard work can be seen from both view.

Even if you have no yard at all you can still look out your window at stunning flowers blooming and lush greenery.
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Post Last Updated: 1/11/2017 4:02:06 PM 

Stop Animals From Nibbling Your Planters





The very first thing you need to do is find out who or what is eating on the potted plants.  Many critters come into your yard or garden area at night or early in the morning, so this is the best time to be on watch.  If you think it may even be your beloved pets, there are steps that you can take to discourage them from continuing.  You can find digging holes or nibbled leaves.  Either way you need to do something about it!

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Birds:  Mostly birds are a added bonus to your garden and something that you try to attract with a bird bath, feeder or house.  They love to eat on garden pests and insects which is also beneficial but, some will eat newly planted seeds or seedlings.  The most humane way to protect that from happening is to cover the top of the pot with chicken wire.  Once the plants start to grow birds tend to back off and not go for them as much.  Of course the main exception is if you grow your own fruit.  If the fruit bushes are potted you can cover them with netting materials found at most garden centers.

Cats & Dogs:  Unfortunately outside pets tend to use larger containers as potty spots, especially cats.  If the soil you use is aromatic with fertilizers dogs will dig in them.  We suggest using chicken wire again or some repellent sprays available on the market.  Covering the soil with rocks or decorative glass will stop cats because they don't like the feel but dogs don't seem to mind digging in them.

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Deer:  These types of animals have become accustomed to humans being around so they are entering more backyards and garden areas.  Of course the best way to stop them is with a tall fence or spraying with repellents that are available on the market.  Make sure if you use a repellent on a pot that is close to the house - it isn't one that smells bad.

Rabbits:  They like to nibble on many types of plant materials so the best thing to do is to use a chicken wire cage over the plants that you can remove when you are in the backyard.  Try elevating your container so that they can't get to the plants to eat them.

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Squirrels:  These little guys are really annoying because they love to dig in the loose potting soil mixes and bury their nuts.  They won't hesitate to uproot newly plants flowers or plants.  Once your plants become more established they will tend to stay away but until then go back to the chicken wire mesh or repellent sprays.


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Post Last Updated: 1/5/2017 8:27:44 AM 

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Tom 8/26/2011 2:02:40 PM 
Great post! I have problems with pests and this was very helpful. Thanks and keep up that great work.


Nobody Makes Custom Garden Pots





Have you ever noticed how many of the planters you see in the local garden centers are all starting to look alike?  We have seen many of the same designs come back year after year and feel a little bored with it all.

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On a daily basis we have over seas manufacturers contacting us to see if we are interested in purchasing their pots and planters.  Unfortunately many of those products are the same style and finishes that we have been seeing for many years.  Very few of these manufacturers are delving into styles that are unique and interesting.  Because their methods of manufacturing and their labor costs are very inexpensive, the United States manufacturers can not compete and are almost non-existent.

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Years ago we were searching for a US manufacturer that would be interested in working with us to make custom pottery.  We could not find anyone interested.  The labor and supplies it would take to make this type of pottery is to high and they felt they would not be competitive.  It appears there is no market in the US for this type of industry.

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Don't get me wrong.  There are American manufacturers that we work with and their products are the best we have seen.  We get concrete pots made for us whose workmanship is unbeatable and quality of product unsurpassed.  We have metal custom made for us that are unusual in design and materials.  This company has been around since 1901!  Our Sandstone pottery is the most stunning we have ever seen and they have an exclusive on the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection that is outstanding in design.  But, when it comes to terracotta clay pots and planters we still import out of the country.   Italian, Chinese, Indonesian and Mexican make up the majority of what we import.  Each method of manufacturing is different the quality differences are huge! 

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But, when it comes to finding an American manufacturer that makes clay or ceramic pottery, they just don't exist.  The worse part of this industry is that the established manufacturers we are working with are NOT interested in doing custom work!  So, where does that leave us?  Not in the best position around.  We try to carry as much inventory as possible but when you call us and we are out of a certain style or size, please be patient and try to understand.  We are just as frustrated as you!


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Post Last Updated: 1/5/2017 8:34:17 AM 

Do you have this problem?





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Cats are notorious potted plant-eaters.  How can we indulge our love of healthy indoor greenery while responsibly keeping a pet cat?  It's important that you take the necessary steps to prevent your cats from eating houseplants, not just because you don't want the plants to die, but primarily because many common houseplants are toxic to cats!

Teaching your cats to avoid houseplants can be a matter of survival.

First  - you need to consult a list of toxic houseplants to see if you have any in your home.  If you insist on keeping a toxic plant try hanging it or put it in an inaccessible window sill.  Make sure it doesn't drop leaves where a cat can eat them.

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Secondly - make sure your cat's diet is sufficient and they are not lacking in fiber, vitamins etc. 

Next - look for ways to train your pet not to approach the plant.  Try spraying with water when he goes for the plant.  Unfortunately, you are not always there so you can try to make the plant smell or taste repulsive to your pet.  Use both smell and taste repellents like hot sauce, chili oil and vinegar.  The best part of this is the assurance that it will still work when you are not present.

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Lastly - make sure the problem isn't emotional.  Like all of us, cats can respond to stress or emotional strain by acting out in a variety of ways.  Examine the living conditions.  If you detect any potential source, like other cats, new baby in the house, being neglected or lonely - try to neutralize it.  Do whatever it takes!

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Though the disciplinary methods enjoy some success, no one really enjoys disciplining their furry friends.  And besides, it hardly seems fair to spray your kitty with water if his behavior is a result of dietary needs.  So buy a cat garden and spend more quality time with your cat before resorting to the unpleasant discipline actions.

With a little thought and patience, you can figure out why your sweet pet is eating houseplants and put an end to it
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Post Last Updated: 1/10/2017 1:00:58 PM 



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