Monday, August 23, 2010
Five tips for successful container gardens
Filler material Potting soil is expensive. It isn’t necessary to fill the whole planter with it. In fact its usually best to start with a layer of other material to keep the soil from sinking or becoming too packed. Packing peanuts work very well because they allow drainage and prevent the soil from compacting. And since they are very light weight the planter won’t become too heavy.
Bringing it inside Containers are a great way to keep plants that aren’t hearty in your zone. At the end of the season they can easily be brought indoors. Some can be put on display. This is especially nice with herb gardens, so you can have fresh herbs all winter too. Even plants, like caladium or oxalis for example, that will go to sleep can be kept is a warm basement or garage. With occasional watering, they will be ready to go when the weather warms again.
Posted by Brandie Shaw at 11:10 PM