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What to do this March!

Here are a few ideas on "things" to get done around the garden.  Indoor and outdoor tips and have you done it lately ideas!

Check them out.

Right now in season are grapefruits, navel oranges, pineapples, tangerines, cauliflower, new potatoes, and rhubarb.  Did you know that you can plant many of these fruits and veggies in garden planters.  We offer tons of tips on planting these and more here in our blog sections.  Check them out!

Prune your roses.  Early spring is the time to shape and trim most rosebushes.  Remove the damaged or diseased branches.  If you have ever blooming plants, prune even more to encourage healthy flowering all season.  Climbers, which we love, and shrub roses that bloom just once, however, should be pruned only after flowers fade.  All roses are easy to pot and if you set the pot next to a garden wall or decorative pillar it's easy to get them to climb.

Continue to fertilize houseplants, prune and re-pot if necessary.  To be sure plants on windowsills get an even amount of light , rotate the pots a quarter turn each day.  You can always place the heavier pots on a lazy suzan for easy turning.
Open the windows and let the fresh air come into your home.  Do the same in the attic and basement if you have those.  Your potted plants are not the only things that need fresh air throughout the year.

Outside check all potted trees for broken or damaged limbs.  Clean winter debris from top of potted plants so the top soil is exposed.  Remove, leaves, and brush that may of blown onto them.  Remove winter mulch you may of placed on top to protect them.  Bring your summer blooms out of storage and the garden bulbs that you have.  Pot them and start watering them now or keep them inside till after the last frost.
Spring is coming - be prepared. 
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 9:51:17 AM 

Feeding container pottery.

We know this is not the most exciting topic but it really is important if you want to experience better success with your potted plants.  These few tips can really take the experience of container gardening from a dud, to ta da, so read on......
It is not generally understood that most potting composts contain 13384 sufficient food for only 6 weeks of plant growth.  After that the flowers will slowly starve unless more food is provided.  There are several products available that are easy to use and a breeze to find. 

A slow release plant food in granules is easy to use, available everywhere and really reliable when added to your potted containers.  For these to be the most effective the soil you plant in needs to remain moist.
Slow release plant granules really are the best to use.  Just one dose can keep your potted plants and flowers looking wonderful for many months.  Just follow the manufacturers instructions for recommendations.  They come come in different forms also, like liquid, pots, pellets etc.  Just go to your local nursery and read the containers or ask for help.  It is worth taking the time on this step.
 13385A slow release plant food can be added to the potting mix before filling the container.  When adding it to soil sprinkle i on the surface and then use a small hand rake to mix it into the soil or compost.  They should be pushed down below the surface by about 1". 

Give your potted plants and flowers the best chance of growing lush and bountiful by using a simple fertilizer in the potting mix and see what works best for you.  It's easy and fun to do.
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Post Last Updated: 12/20/2016 4:21:53 PM 

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