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Grow & Dry Potted Basil



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How to dry fresh basil.

You may ask why we are bringing up drying basil in the dead of winter?  Well, we think you should be planning now what herbs, flowers, and plants you want to grow in garden containers this coming spring.  So maybe if we tell you how to dry potted basil (popular herb) and why you want to dry it, you will include it in your coming garden décor.

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Dried basil in flowerpots can be used in so many cooking recipes.  Sauces, pesto, chicken and pasta dishes.  It really is one of the most used and desired herbs you can pot and grow at home.  And, have you ever priced basil at the grocery store?  argh.

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If you donít want to grow your own basil in flowerpots you can always dry any fresh basil that you purchase at the grocery store.

After harvesting the basil grown in clay planters, make sure itís gently washed.  Lay the basil bunches in a dish strainer or on a kitchen towel where they can dry completely.  Remove as much stem as possible because they donít dry so well.

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Preheat your oven to the lowest setting.  Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread leaves out so they arenít touching. Place in the oven for around 1 to 2 hrs. checking every 15 mins or so.  You donít want the leaves to burn but just feel dry to the touch.  Remove and cool completely.  Now you can crumble it up removing any stems.  Bottle the crumbles and store in a cabinet out of sunlight.

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See how simple this is!  You can easily grow and dry your own basil in almost any size and kind of flowerpot.  By using a clay planter instead of planting directly into your yard or garden, you can container the roots from spreading.  We like to grow all herbs in terracotta clay instead of other types of garden pottery because the clay will breathe and that is good for creating healthy roots.  So, if you have clay flowerpots or any clay planters laying around use those first.  Just make sure they are large enough to hold the number of herbs you want to grow.

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Post Last Updated: 2/20/2020 2:02:42 PM 

Bring Succulents Indoors For Winter



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Bring Potted Succulents indoors for Winter

Winters cold is not the easiest condition for potted succulents, plants, bushes, and trees to stand up to. Especially if they are planted in clay flowerpots or clay containers.  Most succulents are hard enough to keep healthy under normal weather conditions but winter brings a whole new set of issues.

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It at all possible it is a best practice to bring your clay containers of succulents indoors or at least into a garage or garden shed.  This isnít a necessity but a helpful step to assure the potted succulents have the best chance of surviving the cold.  If itís not possible you can take added steps to mulch the potting mix, wrap the whole planter in bubble wrap or burlap or just let them tough out Winter and re-evaluate next Spring.

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If you can bring all clay flowerpot succulents indoors give them one good watering before you do. That way they will be nice and moist and you wonít have to start with the watering process right away. This means you need garden saucers for each clay planter or you will have to move the clay flowerpots to the sink to water them.  Like most houseplants, succulents need well, draining flowerpots or garden bowls.

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Now check the potting mix in each terracotta flowerpot.  If itís compact and hard itís best to replace it or at the very least work it to soften it up.  All root systems like the loose potting mix to grow and expand in.  Clean up the planters so that you donít bring any bugs indoors.  Remove old leaves, twigs and other debris that may be on, in or around the pot.

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Lastly, trim the succulent up if necessary.  Any old spent leaves or climbing string of pears can be clipped off and cut shorter.  Since succulents donít grow fast you donít need to go overboard here.  The idea is to just give it a manicured look not so much a hair cut and a shave look!  LOL

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Place your garden pots in a sunny window, donít overwater, make sure itís not too warm in the house and your outdoor potted succulents will give you a steady stream of beauty all thru the cold winter months until you move them outside again come Spring.

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Post Last Updated: 2/5/2020 2:10:55 PM 

Plant Leaves In Clay Planters



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How to create interesting garden containers

If you have a green thumb touch, or maybe not so much here are some tips that may help when it comes to what types of plant materials to pot in your garden containers.  Of course, everyoneís tastes are different and we encourage that, but these tips can work in general ways also.  These tips also work with all types of garden containers.  Clay flowerpots, Clay Planters, Concrete Pottery, Glazed flowerpots, tall, thin and window box pottery.  Make it simple and keep it simple!

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Mix different leaf textures & sizes
Potting green plants in your home and garden pottery or containers is not the most exciting thing to do but if you think about it, they make a wonderful filler for very little financial investment.  If you put your palms, flowers, bulbs or succulents in the center of your planter and fill the border with leaves and greens you will have a much fuller flower pot arrangement without a lot of expense.

Sample:

Lambís Ear:  We love these silky soft leaves.   They range from pale yellow to deep emerald green and have a fuzzy softness to them.  These are great when planted in clay planters all alone because they grow fast and provide lots of colors as well as filler.  The leaves have almost a light grey cast to them because of all the fuzz.  Love it!

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Ferns:  Ferns are known for their feathery tapered leaves.  They range in too many colors to list here but they are perfect as filler or as stand-alone.  Each leaf has a natural bend to it so it looks lovely draped on the outside of your clay flowerpots and glazed planters.  Ferns are also perfect for patio or porch hanging terracotta planters.

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Hosta:  These leaves are little paddles that look lovely when mixed with spikey flowers or plants that have height.  A deep green that complements all colors of flowers, even white.  When mixed with other green leaf plants they add a tremendous contrast in color and style to all your clay planters or clay flowerpots.

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So hopefully these few suggestions can spark some inspiration in you and make potting up your home and garden planters, clay flowerpots or clay window box planters easier, more enjoyable and lovely to look at.
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Post Last Updated: 2/5/2020 1:17:59 PM 

Yummy - Easy - Healthy Potted Garlic



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Looking for something easy to plant and grow in a decorative patio pot, something healthy to eat, wonderful to smell, and looks good in a garden planter?  GARLIC!


If you have never tried to grow garlic in a garden container and watch it grow so you can harvest it, then you are missing out for sure.  Itís really so easy and fun to do.  Great for kids and older adults alike.  Just follow a few easy tips and you can have great success growing your potted garlic.

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As we all know, garlic is one of the most popular herbs you can grow.  Itís used in almost all recipes from spaghetti sauce, to stir fry and everything in between.  Garlic is reported to be a wonderful medicinal plant owing to its preventive characteristics in cardiovascular diseases, regulating blood pressure, lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels, effective against bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections, enhancing the immune system and so much more.

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The first thing to consider is the right type of garlic to plant in your flowerpot.  If you live in a cold climate purchase Hard neck. The Soft neck kind is better for warmer climates.  You can google this for more information.  The second thing to consider is where you will place the garden containers once they are planted.  The best place to locate your pottery is where they will get full sun.  A patio area or yard and garden area where they can get direct sun without an overhang or awning.

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When selecting the container to grow the garlic in you will need one that is at least 6 inches (15 cm.) deep and has excellent drainage. The garden container also needs to be big enough to leave 6 inches (15 cm.) of space between cloves.  We recommend a terracotta planter, window box, or garden bowl because the clay breathes and is healthy for the soil and garlic to get good air circulation.  But most any garden container will yield success.

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Start with fresh potting mix.  Donít reuse mix from year after year in any of your flowerpots, because the garlic will deplete the nutrients in the soil.  Separate the cloves carefully and set them into the mix pointy side up about 4 to 6 inches into the soil.  Space apart.  Top with soil and mulch the planter.

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Donít overwater these planters.  Allow the soil to dry a bit between watering but never dry out completely.  Feed each flowerpot with fertilizer during the active growing season to help things along.  Stop fertilizing the potted garlic mid-summer when the leaves begin to turn brown and die back.  You will know when to harvest when half or more of the leaves have died.  That is the time to dig up the bulbs.

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Dig them up being careful not to bruise or cut them.  Lay them out to dry for 2 to 3 weeks in a shady area or in a garage.  When the roots feel brittle, rub them off along with excess dirt, but leave the papery skins intact.  You can now store them in bunches, braid them or cut off the stems a few inches above the bulb.  Store on a screen or shelf where they will get good cool, dry air.

See how simple this all is.  You just do a few things the right way and the garlic will reward you with healthy, plentiful amounts of cloves for use

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Post Last Updated: 1/20/2020 2:55:15 PM 

Potted Succulents Indoors For Winter



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Winters cold is not the easiest condition for potted succulents, plants, bushes, and trees to stand up to. Most succulents are hard enough to keep healthy under normal weather conditions but winter brings a whole new set of issues.

It at all possible it is a best practice to bring your containers of succulents indoors or at least into a garage or garden shed.  This isnít a necessity but a helpful step to assure the potted succulents have the best chance of surviving the cold.  If itís not possible you can take added steps to mulch the potting mix, wrap the whole planter in bubble wrap or burlap or just let them tough out Winter and re-evaluate next Spring.

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If you can bring all potted succulents indoors give them one good watering before you do. That way they will be nice a moist and you wonít have to start with the watering process right away. This means you need garden saucers for each planter or you will have to move the pots to the sink to water them.  Like most houseplants, succulents need well, draining flowerpots or garden bowls.

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Now check the potting mix in each planter.  If itís compact and hard itís best to replace it or at the very least work it to soften it up.  All root systems like a loose potting mix to grow and expand in.  Clean up the planters so that you donít bring any bugs indoors.  Remove old leaves, twigs and other debris that may be on, in or around the pot.

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Lastly, trim the succulent up if necessary.  Any old spent leaves or climbing string of pears can be clipped off and cut shorter.  Since succulents donít grow fast you donít need to go overboard here.  The idea is to just give it a manicured look not so much a hair cut and a shave look!  LOL

Place your garden pots in a sunny window, donít over water, make sure itís not too warm in the house and your outdoor potted succulents will give you a steady stream of beauty all thru the cold winter months until you move them outside again come Spring.


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Post Last Updated: 2/19/2019 3:35:41 PM 

Protect Perennials For Winter



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Now that we are in the middle of Winter how are you unprotected flowerpot perennials doing?  If you havenít taken any steps to protect them this will be your last chance.  Snow and freezing temps can really dish out a beating on your outdoor potted plants.  Without these added steps they can become damaged and possibly not make it till next Spring.

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When looking at your potted rosebushes, flowers, and grasses you need to decide if they need to be cut back so by next spring new growth will appear.  Maybe the planters, want to keep all the dead foliage as a layer of protection from the cold weather, then itís best to leave it alone. 

We all know how a planter of roses needs to be cut back to ensure next seasons growth.  Whether you decide to cut back or leave as is the perennial garden containers you have they all can use a nice dose of mulch.  Mulch will act as a barrier between the cold and freezing roots.  Lay a blanket of fall leaves, some shredded hay or a layer of pinecones, rocks or nuts in the shell.  Create a blanket for the potting mix and plants roots to sleep in comfortably.

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Potted grasses have become very popular over the last few years. They provide a unique almost contemporary look to your homes landscaping and outdoor décor.  They love to be cut back to not only keep them looking their best but to help them conserve their energy during the cold winter months.  Come Spring they will grow again in the colorful vibrant foliage you desire.

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Hydrangea planters donít need to be cut back but if you do so you will be richly rewarded with larger blooms next Spring.  If you choose not to cut them back or just missed the time of year to do so donít worry.  Come next Spring you will still get smaller flowers but the older branches will grow studier.

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Post Last Updated: 2/19/2019 2:48:46 PM 

Perfect Potted Trees



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Perfect Potted Trees

If you live in an apartment, condo, penthouse or tiny home and the thought of having large potted trees seems impossible then think again!  A tree in a garden pot is a great way to add color, life, and beauty to patio or porch areas where there are no trees around.  Maybe you want a bit of privacy or protection, then trees in flowerpots are the solution.

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You may think that a tree is a garden planter needs a lot of space to grow.  Well not necessarily!  Many come in pygmy sizes or can adjust its growth based on the size of pot that you choose to plant it in.  When it comes to selecting a garden container the one thing all trees need is good drainage.  If you find an outdoor pot that doesnít have a drain hole then one can be drilled.

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Garden containers come in so many different varieties that it will be a tough choice to make.  For health reason clay or terracotta is always the best and safest because it breathes and is healthiest for any trees root system.  But if you need a pop of color, try a colorful hand glazed planter.   They are colorful, high shine and large enough to hold a tree.

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Other options for tree containers could be Talavera which is ethic and bold bright colors, concrete when you donít want to have to re-pot in a few years and need durability or if weight is an issue then you must go with Poly Resin. This is a lightweight product that comes in 32 colors and huge sizes that are easy to move and relocate.

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Some varieties of trees that pot up well are Dwarf Fig, Olive, Japanese Maple or Bay Trees.  We love dwarf conifers that are trimmed into topiary and stay green all season long without dropping leaves or fruit.  Go to your local nursery or garden center and talk with the staff.  Better yet browse the potted tree section and look at the different varieties and find the one that fits your fancy. Read the tree tag and give it a go if it seems like a good fit.

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The main thing to remember is that it IS possible to have potted trees around your home, patio, balcony or yard and it IS easy to do.  Have fun enjoy the process and your planted tree container will give you many years of enjoyment.


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Post Last Updated: 2/19/2019 2:29:52 PM 

Valentine Plants to Pot



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Valentines Unusual Plants to Pot Up

 

There are so many unusual plants out there that will make unusual Valentineís Day gifts so we thought we would list a few.

* Bundle of Love Rose Plant
* Sweet Heart Bamboo
* Classing Budding Rose
* Hoya Heart
* Heart Ferns
* Lavish Lavender Rose
* Anthuriums

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Most of these plants listed can be potted in bold bright red containers or precious pure white planters and make an easy and loving gift for those special folk in your life.  We recommend that you visit your local garden center or nursery and purchase the plants first.  Then figure out what size of decorative pot you will be able to drop the grow pot into. This way you wonít have to re-pot the plant just drop it inside the lovely garden container.  Then add a bow and bam! The perfect personalized and jazzed up Valentineís Day gift.

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We love Hoya heart succulent.  It is small and perfectly formed to love like a heart.  Right now, succulents are so popular that everyone, boy or girl, young or old will love these.   Since they are usually pretty small you wonít need a very big container which saves on space and money.

Heart Ferns are dwarf plants with waxy glossy heart-shaped leaves on think black stems.  If you donít want to place it in a terrarium them place the pot in a steamy bathroom because these types of potted houseplants really need humidity.

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Who doesnít like Anthuriums Ė they look just like hearts and come in bold reds and soft whites.  Each heart-shaped flower is elegant and fancy.  You canít put this into any plain old terracotta flowerpot. No way, these need to be in a glossy high shine container with lots of bright colors and simple elegant lines.

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Donít let Valentinesí Day come and go with a mediocre attempt at something overpriced and awful.  Search out these plants, purchase a nice garden pot and give a gift of beauty and love that someone will truly appreciate.


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Post Last Updated: 2/19/2019 12:41:49 PM 

The Best Climbing Vines



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Do you have a patio wall that is blank and ugly?  You never seem to find the right piece of art that can hang outside and look good year after year.  How about a porch that needs some help for added color and beauty? 

Try a climbing vine in a pot.  These vines are easy to grow in a flowerpot and will add a vertical touch to your porch or patio décor.  Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.  Remember though that there are many types of climbers that will work good in a flowerpot so donít limit yourself to the ones listed below.

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IVY Ė We all know Ivy and love it.  You see it growing outside a traditional home as well as an English Tudor style.  It is virtually one of the best climbers to pot and is great for beginners because of its hardy growth.  Potted Ivy likes a wide and shallow container better than a narrow and deep one but that shouldnít limit you.  This climber likes most size pots! Place around the outside of any garden planter where you want it to grow over the side.  Set your garden container next to the wall you want it to grow on and attache it to make it climb as it grows.  Beautiful.

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CLIMBING HYDRANGEA Ė Everyone knows hydrangea.  The smell and beautiful blooms make is a wonderful addition to any garden container.  Since it can grow up to 70 feet long itís perfect for a patio wall or porch.  The main thing to consider is the larger the planter you can handle the better.  This time of climbing vine likes room to grow to stay healthy.  Use a trellis in the planter and have the vine weave in and out of it to create a vertical barrier for privacy.

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BOUGAINVILLEA Ė In Arizona, we all know this climbing shrub very well.  Itís shocking pink blooms and sharp thorny vine make it unforgettable. It is super easy to grow and will add a tropical touch to any garden planter or porch railing.  If you live in a harsh climate you will have to protect this potted shrub from winters cold.  Place the pot next to a pillar and have it climb up creating a living explosion of color.

There are many climbers you can try like Sweet Pea, Jasmine, Black Eyed Susan, & Passion Flower.  Donít limit yourself and create lovely garden planters and vertical gardens.


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Post Last Updated: 1/15/2019 8:39:39 AM 

Your Indoor Potted Ferns Need Help



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We have all heard how healthy it is to have indoor potted houseplants because of their ability to purify the indoor air.  The color and beauty of a living plant brought indoors canít be stressed enough.  It brings life, smell, and color to your surrounds in a healthy, natural way.

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Today we are talking about that potted fern you have that is looking a bit worn and weathered.  You have always loved the look of a fern and the feeling of being in the tropics when you look at it.  Well, maybe you donít live in the tropics but want to grow a potted fern indoors.  Here are a few tips to help with new growth.

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All indoor potted ferns need light.  They donít like direct sunlight but a north facing window is good.  Donít place the planter in a dark corner or you will have issues but make sure in the winter months that they get as much sunlight as possible.

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Water the pot once the top inch of soil is dry.  If you have them placed in a humid environment like a bathroom window they will do much better but a light misting will really help a lot if necessary.  The best fertilizer to use is a liquid formula.  Apply at the base only so you donít harm the fronds.

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When it comes to re-potting your indoor fern you will only have to do it if you want it to grow bigger.  Otherwise, keep it in the same container and trim off the old, large and spent frons.  You can always divide it into 2 garden containers and keep it growing.

Worth mentioning are other things to keep your eyes on.  Pest & Disease can sometimes happen. If you experience either of these just google how to handle it and move it. Itís not the end of the fern by any means but it must be attended to.


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