Monday, August 31, 2009

Fall Container Plant Ideas

Fall color schemes usually include vibrant oranges, deep golds and rich reds. Mums are always the usual standby, however carex grasses, pansies, ornamental kales, snapdragons, heuchera (Coral Bells) and veggies such as beets and Swiss chard make great Fall containers

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bold Bergenia in Your Planters

One of the favorite plants for containers in the Bergenia – it is hardy to zone 3 and a strong grower providing a very bold element in the design of your garden planters and flower pots. They seem to thrive in containers and in some areas can survive over winter.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Harvesting Your Container Bounty

For the greatest amount of enjoyment from a container garden, harvest the vegetables at their peak of maturity when a vegetable’s full flavor has developed. This will yield the most pleasure for all that hard work – excellent taste of vine-ripened tomatoes, tender green beans and of course wonderful zucchini.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Idea – Growing Peas in a Container

Peas are a great crop to grow in containers but not usually recommended because of the amount of space they take up. Now anyone can grow a delectable crop of garden peas, no matter where you live or how much space you have. Burpee’s Petite Pea plants are only 10"" tall, produce as many full-sized 3"" pods as a larger plant and can be grown in a space as small as an 8"" diameter pot with no support. Here is a great idea for next year’s vegetable garden.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Herb Rooftop Gardening

Start your own herb garden in pots on the balcony or on the roof – coriander and other herbs just thrive in pots within the limited space. Try coriander to make your own curry, chutney or other great dishes. Now is the time to harvest all that basil for wonderful tomato sauce to store for the winter.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Mid-Summer Garden Planter Pick Up

By this time of the year the garden pots and planters start to look at little bedraggled – all they really need is a shot of water soluble fertilizer the next time you water. Be sure to clip off or dead head any finished blooms and your containers will look good well into the Fall.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Mid Summer Planter Maintenance

It is now time to take a look at those garden planters and pots and give them a trim to keep them good looking into the Fall. Start by taking a pair of sharp scissors and trim off the entire basket – you may wish to trim off some of the gangling trailing pieces too. This will increase the branching and keep your planters looks good for a long time.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Container Gardening Challenges

Every region has its specific challenges in gardening. Where it gets very very hot in the summer, choose plants that can tolerate dry soil, don’t need deadheading and are heat tolerant. There are lots of succulents that look terrific in your garden planters.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Keep Those Containers Blooming

Continue to fertilize weekly to keep your annuals blooming in your planters and containers. Remove any spent annuals to prevent the flowers from seed producing stage and they should continue to flower longer into the season.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Pots and Containers

Yes, we really do need to consider the size of your garden pots and containers. The larger will have more impact in your garden and of course won’t dry out as quickly. Garden designers often recommend three of more identical planters with the same combinations for a dramatic impact.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Daylilies in Containers

Daylilies can be grown successfully in pots and placed on the deck or in the garden. In winter just wrap the outside of the container in bubblewrap to keep from freezing the roots and leave them till Spring. They will grow year after year and look great.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Instant Beauty with Big Containers

If you want to create instant color and interest in your garden, just add some BIG and colorful plants to your containers. Place the planters in strategic areas in your garden or on your patio and you have overnight created beauty out of a dull or drab corner of the garden.