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Let's Grow A Kitchen Garden

When you think of gardening do you think of all the work, mess and time it will take to take on a project like this?  Have you ever thought about how much easier it would be to take this project inside and scale it down to a manageable size?  Well here are some tips that should help you decide that even you can handle an indoor garden.

Many types of fruits and veggies can be grown in garden containers indoors but the easiest indoor garden to grow is herbs.  Do you like fresh herbs?  They are so easy to grow that the decision of what to plant them in should take more time than the planting.  We love traditional clay flowerpots.  This type of pot breathes and keeps the roots of the herbs healthy and happy.  But, we would like to suggest some fun containers like tea cups, hanging pots, animal pots, and chalkboard pots.

Place the containers in a sunny window or spot in the kitchen where they will get plenty of sunlight.  Buy the herbs as starter plants or use seeds.  Water lightly, mist often and don't wet the leaves.  When you want to harvest the potted herbs do it with a light hand and keep it easy until the herbs are really set and stable.
Suggested indoor garden herbs:
Basil - Bay Leaves - Chives - Cilantro - Dill - Mint - Oregano - Parsley - Rosemary
All easy to grow, all perfect to have on hand for cooking.
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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 12:56:01 PM 

A Colorful Windowbox Idea

Window box garden planters are a great way to display color flowers and lush green plants.  However, they all look the same.  Here are a few suggestions for creating the planter shown above, using our Italian Roman Rectangle.
 14115This is a stunning terracotta clay Italian rectangle, that is covered in a Fluer-de-lis pattern.  Very traditional and elegant.  The clay that these pots are made out of is smooth, silky and lush.  Italian clay is known in the industry as the most wonderful clay products being produced.

Each one is baked to a golden terracotta color and is compact and hard.  This surface makes painting the clay much easier than an porous clay.  We recommend sealing the planter before you paint and after you paint, to prolong the life of the paint

Click here to view or purchase this planter.

We love this blue acrylic paint next to the white pelargonium flowers.
  The contrast is stunning and bright.  Make sure the planter is clean, then seal it with out pottery sealer.  Let it dry.  Put on a couple of coats of acrylic paint and let them dry.  Reseal.  Cover the drain holes in the bottom from our "pot filler" , pebbles, pot shards (shown) to keep the soil from running out.  Next fill the planter with a good potting mix.  Add a slow release plant food and get ready to plant the flowers.


Make a small hole in the soil with your hand or a small garden trowel.  Place the pelargonium in the center of the planter.  Next take the felicia and place on each side of the pelargonium, at the back of the container.  Then take a verbena and place on each side in the front of the garden planter.   Pack down the soil but don't hard pack it.  Water well and place in a sunny position.
 14112Here are the plants we recommend to get the same look as shown in the photos above.  You will need:

1 - White Pelargonium

2 - Variegated Felicias

2 - White trailing verbenas

Note:  White pelargoniums need regular dead-heading to look their best.  Old flowerheads discolour and quickly spoil the appearance of the plant.

Plant in late spring or early summer.
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Post Last Updated: 12/20/2016 3:00:14 PM 

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