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Garden Chores for March



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What to do in the garden in the month of March

Spring is coming March 20th and it is long overdue.  It has been months of cold and dark and people are tired of this weather.  Here are some tips to start to consider to give you something to look for.

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Potted Snapdragons, marigolds, petunias, violas, and dianthus can handle cool days.  This means you will find them at your local garden center.  You can pot them up now with success.  Veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, kale and onions will also do fine.  Wait for warm days for impatiens, basil and tomatoes to pot up.

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Potted vines offer vertical solutions for color, fragrance and shade on patio walls, and garden fences.  They look lovely when draped over the side of most planters to add a new dimension. Good choices are jasmine, honeysuckle and cross vines.  They are colorful and very fragrant.

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Now is the time to shop for roses to plant in our garden containers.  When placed on a patio or porch they offer stunning beauty and wonderful scents.  You can find bare root selections now.  By planting them early you encourage good root development.  Be sure and add organic matter in the soil to help with drainage and improve fertility.

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Lastly, if you have potted up some cool season grasses in your garden planters to get you thru the winter months, now is the time to fertilize those planters to help promote grow thru the warmer months ahead.  Bluegrass, ryegrass and others all love the types of fertilizers that are made for their particular types.

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Post Last Updated: 2/28/2018 2:38:45 PM 

Make Clay Pot Leprechaun Hats



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Here is another fun craft idea using clay flower pots and turning them into something decorative & playful.  Since it's St. Patrick's Day today we thought we would show you how to make a Leprechaun Hat.  We saw this easy idea at thatswhatchesaid.net 

Purchase small clay flowerpots. Of course you can get them from us or any craft store.  Paint them with an acrylic green paint.  It may take 3 coats to get them covered because you want a bold bright green.

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Wrap a black ribbon towards the bottom of the clay flowerpot. Since the pot is not a true cylinder, you will have to adjust in the back to the ribbon to sit properly in the front. Use a hot glue gun to secure the ribbon in place.

Next use an Xacto knife to cut out the buckle.  Use gold card stock and hot clue in place.  Now we know it's hard to believe but that is it. Think of all the fun things you can do with these hats.  Place one at each place at the dinner table. Stack the pots on a living room fireplace mantle and decorate with clover.  Place them around the house and put a gold candy coin under each one and use them like a treasure hunt.

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The whole idea is to have fun and be creative.  
 
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Post Last Updated: 2/28/2017 9:56:10 AM 

What to do this March!




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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 

March Madness





Grow Now:  Flowering Trees
  Magnolias brighten the sky with their tulip shaped blooms in late winter.   Other trees that begin to bloom now include flowering plums, cherries, crab apples, and red buds.  Red buds are dependable and very easy to grow.  Try starting them in a lovely garden pot and eventually transplant to a nice area in your yard.

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Grow Herbs - Thyme, chives, sage, and basil are nice to have nearby when you are cooking.  Ready to grow herb kits are available and take much of the guesswork out of growing herbs from seeds.  However, purchasing a herb trio planter set and then getting the seeds that you really like from your local nursery is also very easy to do.  We sell the pots.

Note Spring's arrival - A sunny day in winter is all it takes to create March Madness - the sudden urge to go outside and start planting your summer garden.  The first day of spring arrives on March 20, and though it means the season has officially changed, it does not mean cold weather is over, and it may not coincide with the last frost date in your area.  So what can you plant?  Snapdragons, marigolds, nasturtiums, petunias, and dianthus can handle the cool days.

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Lawn care - Fertilize cool-season lawns such as Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennials rye grass now.  Wait to feed warm-season lawns such as St. Augustine and Bermuda until after they turn green.

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Attract Bluebirds - Encourage bluebirds with well-build and handsome new boxes.   Good ones always have access for easy cleaning.  Place them in open areas away from shrubs, 4 to 5 feet above ground.  Bluebirds like having clear flyways from their boxes to fences that make good perches.  They are capable of eating large quantities of lawn and garden insects and are among the most loved and beautiful of all birds.  Look for houses here at Arizona Pottery. 


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