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Can you really ever have enough gardening tips and garden
pottery tips.  We don't think so.  We would like to share a few random ones that are our favs. Hope you can find something useful.


Bug Proof Houseplants!
To discourage pests from preying on potted houseplants, steep 2 TBS lemon peel in 4 cups of water.  Strain the mix. let it cool and spray on the potted plants leaves.  The citrus oil from the lemons repels insects without doing any harm to the potted plant.


Water Houseplants in Pottery half as much!
You love how leafy green plants brighten up the house, but thanks to dry indoor heat, you have had to water them nearly every day. That's because much of the water evaporates before the potted plant can absorb it.  Corks to the rescue!  Use a food processor to grind up 8 to 12 corks, then mix them into your potting soil.  The air filled cork cells with absorb excess water and slowly release it as the soil dries out, cutting your watering duties in half.


Filtering Your Indoor Air!
Indoor pollution levels can be more than 100 times higher than outdoors, particularly when the windows are closed.  Your typical potted houseplant can remove up to 87% of indoor air toxins within 24 hours.  The most effective are spider plants & potted mums.


Perk Up Dull, Dreary, Potted Houseplants!
If your potted houseplants look like they need a pick me up, give them a quick rubdown with the white side of a banana peel.  The skins rough texture will gently buff away dust, white it's natural oils moisturize.


Put A Potted Plant On Your Desk At Work!
Low indoor humidity, a hallmark of colder months, can speed the evaporation of tears by up to 99%.   This leaves the eyes surface vulnerable to airborne irritants such as ozone and formaldehyde, which are readily produced by laser printers and other office equipment.  Luckily, leafy potted houseplants can reduce a rooms pollution level by 97% within 50 mins.  Potted Plants literally neutralize airborne toxins and they hydrate the air as they breathe, reducing the odds of dry eye recurrence.

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Post Last Updated: 7/12/2017 12:24:10 PM 

Playful Simple Garden Tips


While searching the web you can find so many great gardening tips. Everything from how to make your own fertilizers, to how to keep animals out of the yard.  We have a few of the better ones that we think every gardening should know about because they are so easy and good. Make gardening fun!

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Line the bottom of your garden planters with a disposable clean diaper to help retain soil moisture.  This way you save lots of time because you don't have to water nearly as often and the plants have a more even supply of water. The diaper also helps to keep the soil inside the pot and blocks it flowing out the drain hole.
These types of diapers container a hydrogel crystal that keeps in moisture.  Just be sure and use the cheapest diapers you can find!


At the begging of the growing season, select your seeds to potting and have them ready to go.  Cut the top off a lemon and carve out the center.  Add new potting soil, seeds, fertilizer.  Once seeds start to grow drop the whole lemon into the potting soil inside the garden planter that you are using.  This not only makes the process simple but the peel with compost into the soil, adding nutrients and the plants grow.


The next time you boil veggies for a meal, don't pour the water down the drain.  Instead of wasting all those precious nutrients and minerals, let the water cool and use it to water your potted plants.  Of course this water is filled with all kinds of healthy nutrients that the boiled out of the veggies.  Your potted plants will love you for it and you can cut down on fertilizer.  A double dose of goodness.


How about using a regular over the door shoe organize and turn it into a vertical herb garden?  This idea is so simple and easy to do.  Fill the pockets with potting mix and add the herbs.  Hang on a balcony wall, a garden fence, an apartment balcony or terrace.  Each pocket can be a different herb or you can have rows of each kind.  We love this placed next to a kitchen door so that you don't need to go far to clip off a few while preparing a meal.

So, if you look there are hundreds of great ideas out there.  If you have any you want to share just let us know.  Good Gardening!
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Post Last Updated: 6/27/2017 11:51:48 AM 

Organic Gardens & Global Warming

Your backyard organic garden may hold the keys to preventing global warming.  Researchers at the Rodale Institute have learned that organic soils trap atmospheric carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, and convert ti to carbon, a key component of healthy soil.

In the longest running study of it's kind, the Rodale Institute's  Farming Systems Trial has compared organic and conventional farming side by side for the past 23 years.  Important findings have included organic, crops ability to withstand drought year stress much better than crops raised on a diet of chemicals.


What this suggests is that synthetic nitrogen fertilizers speed up the decay process of organic matter so that it is released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide rather than stored in the soil as carbon. Both plants and organic soil operate as powerful sinks, capturing the greenhouse gas considered by many scientists to be largely responsible for global warming.

An increase in organic matter in the soil also helps preserve bio-diversity.  All organisms depend on biomass - living and dead organic matter.  The higher the biomass content, the more the biodiversity. You can see where organic farming and organic gardening fit in there clearly.


When you reject chemicals and choose instead to garden organically you address other issues of critical concern, by embracing a system that is much less reliant on fossil fuels.  This has implications for  our dependence on imported oil and natural gas as well as the climate change problem.  You are preserving the soil and you are reducing the use of chemicals that are directly dependent on fossil energy use.

So, you may ask why here in the blog are we mentioning these findings.  Because every time you buy potting soil at your local garden center you have a choice on what type to buy. We recommend you choose Organic. You will know that you are planting in the best soil and giving your plants a great start.  Not only will your new plants love you for it but so will the planet.  Choose Wisely!

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Post Last Updated: 2/14/2017 2:41:58 PM 

What Is Your Garden Style?

Choosing from tons of plant materials and containers can be confusing.  Sometimes you don't know where to begin.  Well here are a few tips that we hope will help.

First try to figure out what your style of decorating is.  Are you into colorful planters with wild patterns and bold pigments?  You love to plant green in them and have the focus be the container and not the plants.  Or, do you like all white containers?  This way you can plant all the colorful flowers you like and change it up from season to season.  One season go all pink and the next season you plant all colors of the rainbow.  All of these combinations work in a white garden planter or container.

Do you like a traditional look where topiary trees are potted or do you go for something a bit more playful like a bright pot with grass shooting up out of it creating a wild look.  Do you like mixing plants in pots or are you prone to one plant style per container?  How about smell?  Maybe you don't like a lot of fragrance or does the smell of something sweet drifting on the air excite you?  Some prefer to group many pots together and others like a simple bold statement!

By answering these questions will help you to get started and make a decision before you spend a ton of money on something you are not happy with.  Everyone has different tastes and not one is better than another.  Discover what moves you and go with that.  There is nothing more satisfying then sitting out on your patio, drinking a glass of tea, and admiring the decorative pottery you have surrounding you.
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 12:00:39 PM 

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9/30/2014 11:09:37 AM 
Arizona Pottery 9/30/2014 11:09:37 AM 
Julie, can't say we know but a great question to try on google. Good luck and let us know what you found out!

julie 9/30/2014 12:04:41 AM 
Do antique roses do equally as well in a deciduos summer shade location?

Got A MInute?


Enjoy these time-saving gardening tips from multitasking moms?

Can there possibly be such a thing as a mother with too much time on her hands?  We don't think so.  With work, play dates, sports practice, dance lessons, gymnastics and much more, time is more than precious.  So, how can a mother who is pulled in different directions still have time to plant a potted veggie garden and at the same time teach her children about growing their own food?  Here are a few tips that we hope will help.

Start out by limiting the amount of vegetables that you grow.  This is not the time to rush in with a huge variety that you won't be able to care for.  It will also eliminate extra work on clean up.  Start with good size planters and only planting one variety in it.  Tomatoes are fun, easy to grow and great for the little one to eat.  Use them in salads and tomato saucers.  A little helper can pick and prepare them.  Each year introduce a new veggie.  Let them help you decide which vegetable to grow.

Time doing things together is more precious than ever before.  Instead of you watching them in extra activities, planting a potted garden will be relaxing and something you both can enjoy while spending time together.  Gardening gets kids excited even at a young age and teaches him to be patient and gentle.  Besides what kids doesn't enjoy digging in dirt?

Lastly, try potting up some healing aloe vera.  The next time your child gets a bee sting, a scratch or a burn, take them to the potted aloe and have them snip off a piece.  Then apply it to their scratch and watch the healing begin. They will experience instant pain relief.  Over time they will learn the value of having these types of plants around the house.  Keep the small planter next to the kitchen door or in the back yard where these types of accidents happen.
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 12:04:30 PM 

February 2014 Checklist

February is in full bloom now and here are a few suggestions on what to do around the yard and garden area, with your potted and un-potted plants.

Tomato's in pots are easy and fun to do but if frost is predicted, cover the potted plants with frost cloth, burlap or sheets to help protect them.  Tomato plants need an early spring start to grow, so develop the roots, flower and set fruit before summer's intense heat.  Varieties that produce medium size fruits are more likely to develop mature fruit without cracking than those with big beefsteak fruit.  Make sure you have large enough plant containers and that each pot has a drain hole for good drainage.  You don't want standing water to sit in the bottom of the pot or the roots of the plants with rot.

Monitor weather and if frost is predicted, cover flowers, vegetable and potted citrus.  Fertilize the planters if you didn't do it last month, and feed with one third of the nitrogen required.  Continue to monitor and fertilize citrus, & roses.  Control Aphids to prevent populations of these tiny pests from getting out of control.  Fruit sweetens the longer it stays on the tree, so let it hang as long as possible.  Many varieties can be harvested thru May.

Pull weeks to prevent them from taking over your garden planters.  When the wind picks them up and they land on top of fresh pot soil, they will grow hardy and can become quite the pest.  If you stay on top of this the weeds will eventually migrate elsewhere and not come back as often.  If you haven't planted Aloe, then now is the time.

It is easy to propagate.  Dig up overgrown clumps and gently separate entwined root systems into fresh potting soil.  Make sure the pot you select is large enough for it to root and grow in for at least one season before you divide it again
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 1:04:01 PM 

Empty Pots - Yeah...Empty Pots!


 30046-Empty-PotsHave you ever noticed how beautiful a pot can look left completely empty in the garden?  Perhaps you think that a garden pot left empty is sad and not very appealing?  You believe a pot is meant to contain something, like soil with flowers, or water turning it into a fountain.  Most pots call to be filled. They have drain holes encouraging you to plant a favorite flower or shrub in them and they can provide super drainage.  All good points!
 30047-Empty-PotHowever, there is something special about a pottery left empty.  Especially when you display it along an entry way to a home or deep in the center of a lush garden.  Need something to add color, place one under a green tree and leave it empty.  This emptiness draws your eye to it and let's your imagination soar.  You wonder why? Why was it left empty.  Is it being displayed like a piece of artwork?  Maybe you are just leaving it empty temporarily until you figure out what you want to plant in it.
Just know in your heart that it's OK to leave a garden pot empty.  You don't always have to do the norm.  Take your time deciding.  Let it sit in a place where you can view it from inside the home and take your time deciding what to do with it.  Purchase a bright blue pot and surround it with blue glass that reflects the light.  Add water and make it a water feature or leave it empty and just admire the color and beauty of the lines.
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Post Last Updated: 12/28/2016 2:21:02 PM 

It's Fall

 30041-Potted-ArtichokeDid you know you can grow artichokes in garden planters?  Try the "Purple Italian Globe" or the "Green Globe", two attractive plants that produce flavorful chokes.  You should be able to find them at your local nursery or online.  Plant them is a move-able pot or a planter that sits on a pot caddy for the best results.
 30042-Potted-LettuceSow organic lettuce seeds now in your favorite pottery on your patio or deck.  Try these heirloom varieties that are slow to bolt in hold weather.  Australian yellow leaf, red flame, and green Grandpas admire.  You can find them at local nurseries or online.  We love them in a decorative bowl that you can carry inside when you are ready to harvest some.  Decorating your dining table is also a great way to display them.  Yummy goodness.
Sow some wildflowers.  For a lovely spring display, scatter seeds now or plant in large garden bowls.  Try chocolate flowers, desert marigold, firecracker penstemon, and globe mallow.  Make sure the soil is weeded and tilled or use new hearty planting soil in the planter you select. Keep the soil moist once you sow the seeds and until germination.  Try your local nursery for these also.
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 2:37:47 PM 

Drought Proof!


No matter what part of the country you live in, drought has become a common seasonal occurrence.  Even without imposed water restrictions, it just makes good sense to develop ways to decrease the amount of water we use on our plants.  Container gardens are naturally water thrifty, but for successful garden plantings, especially in a dry year, there are a few guidelines to follow:

1.  Proper Placement:  Decide where to locate your container garden.  Full sun areas will require the hardiest plants, and containers placed near walls or on concrete or stone patios will heat up more due to light reflections and heat conditions.  Not all plants will appreciate such harsh conditions, and all will need more frequent watering.

2.  Choose the right plants:  Look for those that are naturally drought tolerant.  Plants suited to arid regions such as the Southwest and Mediterranean areas are perfect choices.  In addition, ones that are native to your area are usually good choices, since they already are acclimated.

3.  Bigger really is better:  The larger the container, the more resources will be available to the plants.  Most important among these is water.  A larger pot holds a larger volume of soil, which in turn can store more moisture than a pot half the size.  Obviously, the more water a container holds, the less frequently you will need to water it.

4.  Use proper soil and irrigation:  Using the proper soil mix in your pots is very important.  Avoid using real soil from your garden beds.  It compacts in garden pots.  A container garden will use less water than similar plantings in the ground but you  will need to water them more frequently.

Depending on the size of the pot, it's placement and the plants you use may need to water as often as once a day.  Low water use plants in large containers getting afternoon shade may need water only every other day

5.  Mulch & Maintenance:  Like plants in a flower bed, container plants benefit from a layer of mulch. It slows evaporation of the water on the surface and insulates the soil.  Even though you have fertilized with potting soil, many container gardens can use additional feeding throughout their growing season. 
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 1:56:04 PM 

4 Fragrant August Bloomers for your pottery

There are so many wonderful plants materials to consider when trying to decide what to plant in your garden pottery.  We love a plant that is not only beautiful but FRAGRANT!  Here are a few suggestions.

 18954-Photos-Of-Flowers-For-PotteryBouvardia longiflora 'Albatross'
Excellent in bouquests, it grows outdoors in all kinds of garden containers and should be able to move into a protected spot in winter months.  An exception to this rule is if planted in a mild climate like Southern California or Arizona.   To play up it's blossoms, plant in a dark green or chocolate brown glazed pot.   The contrast will be stunning!

White, silky petaled blossoms have an unforgettable fragrance.   To scent a patio, plant a compact form such as 'Veitchii', "Radicans', or 'White Gem' in a decorative and oversized container.  In mild climates, plant several in a sunny bed to form a low hedge.  If you have never smelled this fragrance you are truly missing out!

Look for varieties such as 'Hawaiian Yellow' at local garden nurseries.  Everywhere except Hawaii, plant singly in large, light-weight containers to display on a sunny patio or garden area.  Light afternoon shade in hottest inland areas is best.  Move indoors for winter.  Not only delicate and lovely but the fragrance is completely memorable.

Creamy white blossoms are strung into leis in Hawaii.  Following a long season of heat, flower stems rise above grass like foliage.  Nurseries sell blooming plants in gallon containers all summer, so you should be able to find them locally where ever you are.  Mass several in a large container.  Use plain terracotta for a traditional, classic look or go with a hot color in poly resin and make a bold statement.
Give one of these bold, fragrant blooms a try and tell us how you liked them!
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 2:28:24 PM 

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