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Growing Pumpkins In Flowerpots



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Letís grow a pumpkin in a flowerpot!

If you find yourself limited to a deck or patio and no yard in sight then we have the solution for how to grow your own pumpkin.  Put them in a flowerpot.  It is not that difficult and really a fun thing to do.

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Of course, as with anything you are going to grow in a garden pot start by picking the container.  Pumpkins need and like room, so think big.  The larger the better.  If you want to grow mini pumpkins you can get away with a smaller container but honestly they need room to grow.

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If you are a apartment dweller and only have a balcony you should use a long rectangle window box as big as you can manage.  Try to get one that is 36Ē long if possible and make sure whatever you use that there are drain holes in the bottom.  As with other plants the roots of these pumpkins do not like soggy soil.  Drill extra if necessary.

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When selecting soil pick a potting mix that is good for containers.  Mix equal pots of mix and compost.  The compost improves the waterís retention which pumpkin vines like.  Add in a slow release fertilizer to the soil and fill the container up to 2Ē below the rim.

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Time to add the seeds. We recommend following the seed packet directions.  Make sure to water frequently since pumpkins are thirsty. There are many varieties you can grow but we suggest you start with smaller varieties or mini pumpkins.  Get your feet wet with the little ones and then get bigger from there.

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Post Last Updated: 11/20/2018 10:14:27 AM 

Fall Flower Suggestions For Pottery



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Now that Fall has arrived what do you garden planters look like?  If you are tired of cleaning out your summer containers and leave those same planters empty all fall and winter than there are a few suggestions of fall flowers that are easy, colorful and fun to pot up.

Visiting your local home and garden center will show you many of the fall flowers that are available and ready to take hope and plant in your patio pots.  During this time of the year they are so important for providing color and texture to a garden or yard that may be looking a bit worn out and tired.

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Consider these flowers when redesigning your garden pottery for the yard, porch or patio.

Sunflowers Ė who doesnít love these cheery yellow flowers that will last till the first frost.  They can attract songbirds and are prefect to cut and bring indoors for a decorative touch.

Daisy is another cheerful and bright addition to any plant container.  They attract butterflies, also make great cut flowers for indoor arrangements and come in many wonderful colors.

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Aster is a fall flower that blooms in yellow, orange and red which means they will compliment any fall mixture of plant materials you group together in a flowerpot.  They love the sun.  Autumn crocus is similar to the spring blooming crocuses and grow up to 6Ē high.  Great when placed in the center of a garden container with smaller flowers surrounding it.  They require little maintenance and are perfect for all containers.

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Pansies are always great for fall and perfect for garden pottery.  They have the sweetest little faces and come in all shades of colors.

Ornamental Kale & cabbage have become more and more popular and are seen planted in most fall containers.  Their colorful purple and deep green ruffled leaves add aesthetic qualities that other flowers do not.  The colors of potted cabbage and kale intensifies as it gets colder outdoors.

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We hope we gave you some good suggestions on different types of flowers to pot up for fall and that you give one of them a try.  We think you will be pleased and your garden pottery will look stunning!


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Post Last Updated: 11/13/2018 12:00:18 PM 

How To Select A Garden Container



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There are many things you need to consider when choosing garden containers for your home and garden needs.  Letís start with the obvious and that is what is the planter going to be used for?  Are you looking for a garden pot to grow herbs and vegetables in?  Is this planter more for beauty and décor or is it to fill a blank area on the patio or porch. 

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Terracotta garden pottery has been around longer than any other substance besides baskets.  It is made out of clay that breathes and is considered most healthy for a plants root system.  Terracotta is rustic and natural looking and comes in many styles and sizes.  As you must know a clay garden pot can only come so large. This is because they are fired inside a kiln and kilns are only so large. The larger the clay pot the more issues with cracks forming while being fired.

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So, if you want a large garden planter you need to consider them made from mixes that can be poured into molds and cured over time instead of being fired in a kiln.  Concrete, Sandstone and Poly Resin can all be made in huge sizes since they are made with molds.  They are durable and long lasting which is what you want and need if you are using a large planter.

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Glazed or ceramic colored pottery is great because it comes in shiny, colors and finishes.  Blue, Red, Green etc and so many more, where you can match your garden pottery to your home or landscape décor.  These pots are usually durable but only frost resistant which means they canít handle the cold freezing temperatures.  Glazed garden pots are perfect for indoors where they add interest and beauty along with function to your homes design and décor.

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Do you live in an apartment where you need a lightweight container where you can move it around, fill it up or take it with you when your needs change over time?  Then poly resin is the way to go. This is not an ordinary plastic pot but a commercial grade non-fade, will never crack, chip or warp or break.  With 32 color choices these are the super choice for indoors or outdoors.

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We hope we gave you a few things to think about.  Call 800-420-1808 if you have further questions.

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2018 2:13:03 PM 

Prep Tips For Fall Containers



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How to prep your garden containers for Fall

Itís much easier to turn a spent Summer garden container into a Fall planter than you think.  Just follow some easy tips provided below and create wonderful Fall planters.

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Donít leave your entryway garden containers empty this time of year.  Now is perfect for seasonal color and rust grasses.  Evergreen foliage will add life to any type or style of landscape container.  When you visit your local garden center you should see lots of Fall colored mums.  Bright yellow, orange and reds, deep burgundy, purple and gold.

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Simply by adding a center mum and surrounding it with pumpkins, gourds and succulents you can create a wonderful Fall planter that will take you into winter and welcome your guest with warmth and beauty.  Plant rustic grass in the center of a terracotta planter then surround it with ornamental kale and cabbage with dark deep greens and purple leaves. 

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Instead of just planting typical green houseplants in your entryway planters how about herbs like cilantro, thyme and oregano?  They can all handle the cooler weather.  Plant trailing ivy, gold mums and red flowers in your garden container of choice and then set pumpkins and gourds around the outside of the pot.  You donít even have to plant anything.

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Try mixing dark purple and deep green of kale and cabbage and fill around the outside of the pot with mini WHITE pumpkins and create a purple and white display of color. Stunning & elegant!

One tip that you can never fail at it to over stuff your pottery. Mix lots of plants, greens and ornamental items without space between them.  This creates a full and colorful display.  By using a neutral based color planter like terracotta or taupe you can mix tons of colors in the pot and they will all look grand.

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2018 1:25:26 PM 

Eggshell Powder for Bugs



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Eggshells as pest control by GetBusyGardening.com

Saw this and thought it was a great tip for gardening.  Everyone knows how to use egg shells crushed up and mixed into potting mix as a natural fertilizer.  The nutrients in the shells act like a natural fertilizer for your garden pottery and planters.

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Well if you have ever had issues with flea beetles eating your growth then here is a natural and simple way to stop them.  Diatomaceous earth is a known organic pesticide which is basically fossilized remains of creatures that are ground into a fine powder.  It gets under the shells of beetles and acts like bits of glass to cut them up and kill them.

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Ground egg shells work the same way.  If you eat lots of eggs and most folks do, this should be an easy DIY garden project.  Prepare shells by cleaning them if they are dirty. If not dirty then donít bother.  Make sure they are dry and donít skip this step.  Just lay them out on a paper towel for a few days.

Once completely dry, ground them into a powder using a coffee grinder.  Once ground use the powder right away. Store the remaining eggshells or ground shells in a Tupperware container in the garage or a cool dark place.  Sprinkle the powder directly onto the leaves and pests.  The bugs may not die away but they will eventually so donít worry if they fly away.

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It is recommended that you donít sprinkle all over your garden.  This avoids killing all the beetles even the good ones.  This is where potted plants come in.  You can also sprinkle on the tops of your garden planters surrounding the potted plants and keep the plant healthy without spreading the egg shells all over the garden.  Perfect!

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2018 2:18:16 PM 

Turn Baskets Into Garden Planters



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We love to see baskets used as garden planters.  Any type of container that can be reused, recycled or re-purposed is a plus for us, for you and for the environment.  A basket container adds so much texture, and interest to your porch or patio that it has to be encouraged and implemented.

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If you donít have a favorite basket that you no longer want indoors or if you need to purchase baskets to turn into garden planters, then look no further than a thrift store or garage sale.  Most folks have them already laying around because they make the most wonderful ways to organize all kinds of household items.

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Like with any flowerpot start by thinking about what you want to pot.  Are you into houseplants or colorful flowers.  Do you need a small basket planter for a table-scape or will this stand alone holding a large tree or shrub?  Is the baskets pretty worn looking and could use a touch of color or is the beauty of the rattan lovely in itís natural state?

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Start by painting it or not. Then the most important step is to spray a couple of coats of a protectant clear sealer.  This will help the basket to last longer and is a very inexpensive step to follow.  If you donít want to pot directly into the basket you will need to line it with a garbage bag that is cut to fit.  If the basket pot has a tight weave you can plant directly into it.  Make sure the bag doesnít show at the top.  You want to poke a few drain holes in the bottom of the bag.

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Next add some pea gravel, rocks or pot shards to the bottom.  This helps with the basket planter drainage and to hold the basket down if it gets windy outside.  Follow the rocks with potting mix but only fill about 2/3 full.  Because you will need room for the plants and donít want them all the way to the top of the basket container. 

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Lastly, once the plants are potted, you can add some more soil to cover the roots but donít pack to hard and donít fill the basket to full and you should be good to go.  Display this lovely basket planter on the porch next to the front door, on the patio on a table or anywhere you want some texture, color and beauty.

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2018 2:15:52 PM 

Beautiful Container Tips



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When you think of a summer patio, porch or garden area what do you imagine?  Furniture, water feature and of course large garden containers filled with flowers & sweet smelling plants.  In this post we would like to share a few tips we hope that you haven't thought of and find helpful.

Every year you notice that by mid summer your garden containers are looking a bit worn, tired and faded.  When the temps keep climbing your planters keep shriveling and you wonder what can you do.  Here are a few tips we think are good.

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1.  Pick a perfect pot for your plants and flowers.  Make sure you start with a container that is not too small.  If the pot is to small it will crowd the potted plants roots and the plant will suffer.  The roots of a healthy plant need room to grow, availability to water and nutrients from the potting mix.  Containers to large will hold moisture leading to rotting roots, lack of oxygen and basically drowning.  Fungus loves moist areas and this is not good for your flowers or plants.

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2.  Have a plan in advance.  A garden center can be like a toy store for adults.  You want to get everything you see from colorful flowers to garden containers.  Impulse buying isn't always the best way to go.  Choose plants that are good for your area.  Make sure you place the planters in the best conditions for that type of plants needs for light and climate, direct sun or shade.  Mix up the container with plants of different heights and blooming schedules so the planter stays fresh longer and has a interesting look.

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3.  Start with good potting mix. We can't stress this enough.  Never use ground dirt. It doesn't have the nutrient rich properties your flowers will need.  Get a moisture retaining plant mix during summer to help with the heat and drying out of soil.  Add fertilizer to the mix and keep it loose and crumbly.  You don't want compact, hard dirt that the plants roots will struggle to get thru.  Fill your pottery with loose, healthy soil.

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4.  Keep your garden containers groomed.  It's not just because the pottery will look better but it's healthier for your plants and flowers to keep them dead headed and cleaned up.  Who wants a dead stem or branch hanging on sucking up nutrients, and moisture.  Keep them free of infestation of bugs that are attracted to damaged leaves, stems and petals.

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Honestly it doesn't take much to keep your garden planters looking lovely all summer long.

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Post Last Updated: 6/26/2018 2:31:17 PM 

Moving Large Containers



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As a very first step to consider before buying, planting & placing large garden containers is where do you want them to be placed.  It's totally practical to place the pots before you fill them with gravel, pot shards, potting mix and plant materials.  The added weight all these items will add make it cumbersome to move the pot after added.  If you have to move your garden pots after then here are a few tips to help.

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When it comes to moving large garden pots for whatever reason may arise you can use wooden dollies made for this purpose, they make plastic saucer with wheels on them or purchase a pot lifter that we sell that works very well.  All are great for moving large pots but just make sure they can handle the weight before trying any of these methods.

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Sometimes you can use a hand truck to move heavy pottery so that you are not putting all the weight of large planters on your back.  You may need to ask a neighbor or yard person to help out.  If you have to move it up or down steps try using 2 wooden planks to form a ram you can slid the large container down or up on.

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We have even seen a piece of cardboard placed under the flower pot making it easier to slide the pot along a patio surface.  All in all the most important point is to place the planter where it needs to stay before you plant it.  And, of course don't water it right before moving so that the potting soil is lighter and not weighed down from the moisture.

Once moved, leave the plant alone so it can climatise to the new location.  This is not the time to trim or cut back a potted plant.  It has already been thru enough of a shock, having been moved.

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Post Last Updated: 3/12/2018 3:20:42 PM 

Clear the Air At Home



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Clear the Air at Home

1.  Open the windows for 10 mins a day:
Doing this every day will increase the air circulation in your home, reducing lung irritating indoor air pollution by 20% or more.

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2.  Pick pump bottles for your lungs' sake:
Virtually anything you normally buy in an aerosol can is now available in a pump bottle - and making the switch significantly reduces the number of lung irritants released into the air.

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3.  Use an air purifier to banish germs:
Consider buying an air purifier to keep airborne germs - such as a cold or flue bug - from reaching you.  Tests show that even smaller purifiers can filter out as much as 99% of a rooms mold, dust, pet dander and airborne germs.

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4.  Decorate with potted plants to soak up ozone:
Of course we think this one is totally necessary.  If you are prone to unexplained headaches, coughing and the like, problem could be ozone, a common pollutant.  Not to worry:  Decorating with colorful potted flowerpots filled with houseplants can keep ozone levels low 24/7, studies have shown.

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5.  Opt for healthy cleaners:
Pick products made with vinegar or other gentle cleansers that are free of harsh chemicals that give off gases.  Safe brands to try include Seventh Generation and Method.

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You can't avoid all indoor pollutants!  According to researchers eating a few carrot sticks and an apple every day can shore up your defenses again inhaled irritants, cutting your risk of related health hassles as much as 63% So, who wouldn't place a potted plant around your home or open the windows a few minutes a day.  Your health is important to you and we care!  Give these a try!

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Post Last Updated: 3/12/2018 2:23:29 PM 

Creative Containers



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We want to provide some fresh
container ideas to brighten up your garden or patio areas.  Give some of these ideas a go and let us know how they work out for you.

If you have to have a habit when it comes to your garden and patio areas why not make it trying to create new planters for your home.  Planted pots offer color, fragrance and beauty to all areas of your home.  By using beautiful flowers or lots of green houseplants you can create wonderful combinations that are decorative.

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When thinking about how to create wonderful and healthy garden containers you have a number of things to consider.  Start with the plants needs.  Most colorful containers start with considering the soil, water, food and light needs your plants need.  You don't want water logged roots which will rot if there are no drain holes in the pottery.  Make sure to replenish nutrients that leach from the soil by fertilizing containers weekly.

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Choose sunny spots if necessary.  When you choose plants think about where that container will sit when it comes to sun needs.  Try not to mix plants that have different needs so that they will all get along at the same time.  Avoid mixing them up to much and try planting one type of plant or flower at a time.

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Make sure you use the correct potting soil so that your plants are given the best shot for a healthy production of color and growth.  When picking plants pick a combination of richly hued foliage and ruffled leaves and texture if possible.  Finally clustering containers together makes a wonderful and colorful display that really brightens up a porch or patio.

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