Planting a Container Garden

Written by Johann Erickson

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Planting your container
When putting your container garden together, fill it to within ˝ inch ofrepparttar top with a commercial potting mix. Do not use garden soil from your yard because it will not drain fast enough and will also pull away fromrepparttar 136982 sides ofrepparttar 136983 container when dried out. Potting soil is specifically designed for container gardening and often contains organic matter which helps retain moisture and also nourishes your plants. After removing your plants from their pots, gently loosenrepparttar 136984 roots and place them into your soil. Be sure to arrange them in a design that is pleasing to your eye. In containers you can place your plants closer together than you normally would to create a more lush and fuller looking plant. Add more potting soil to fill in and finish by giving your plants a good drink of water. Be aware that because there is a relatively small amount of soil in container gardens their tendency is to dry out. Therefore, be diligent about providing enough water once, and sometimes twice a day, if necessary. It is also a good idea to add a time-release fertilizer atrepparttar 136985 time of planting. Just followrepparttar 136986 manufacturers instructions on quantity and application.

General Care
Because container gardens lackrepparttar 136987 nutrients that garden plants naturally obtain from Mother Nature, they do require some special care. Be diligent about watering always checking for signs of dehydration and add a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks. Also, inspect your plants for any signs of diseased or damaged leaves and remove as necessary.

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Caring For Tropicals And Exotic Flowers

Written by Gerry Belvedere

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Look atrepparttar flower heads and notice howrepparttar 136802 petals are “cupped” to catch and store as much water as possible. These plants drink fromrepparttar 136803 top and like being wet.

Look atrepparttar 136804 pattern onrepparttar 136805 leaves. The ridges channel water down torepparttar 136806 stem where it is absorbed intorepparttar 136807 many layers ofrepparttar 136808 plant.

2. If your flowers have been out of water for any length of time after cutting, submerge them inrepparttar 136809 bath for half an hour or so.

3. Cut 3 to 4 inches offrepparttar 136810 stems and then place them in a tall vase FULL of clean water.

4. Use a spray bottle to mist them at least twice a day.

5. Changerepparttar 136811 water and re-cutrepparttar 136812 stems every 2 or 3 days.

You can doublerepparttar 136813 vase life of your cut flowers by using these simple techniques.

Gerry Belvedere is a former artist who now runs her own online florist service at Rosaflora delivers flowers Australia wide and overseas and offers tips on getting the most out of your cut flowers.

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