Self Watering Violet PotsWritten by Linda Paquette
Violets and African violets grow in just about any type of flowerpot they’re put in, but usually when someone talks about violet pots, they’re talking about two part ceramic pots, especially made for African violet.
Although violet pots are a bit more expensive than standard flowerpots, they are well worth added few cents. The main reason for failure in growing African violets is over-watering. When you use African violet pots for your plants, they have a steady supply of moisture without becoming saturated. Also referred to as “self-watering pots”, violet pots are two-piece sets consisting of a reservoir, typically made of glazed ceramic and an unglazed ceramic pot for growing your plants. When you add water to reservoir and reinsert unglazed pot, it displaces water, makes it ride up sides and provides even moisture for your potting mix. You simply refill reservoir every week to ten days.
Grow Your Own SIMPLE Tea GardenWritten by Don Rohde, Cedar Creek Woodshop
Materials Needed 1 decorative clay or metal planter
1 package of clay pellets (approx. 30 pellets)
3 packets of organic tea leaves seeds (YOUR CHOICE) Grow-rich or nutrient-rich potting soil (ASK YOUR NURSERY FOR THE BEST RECOMMENDATION FOR YOUR AREA)
Directions 1. Spread clay pellets evenly along bottom of planter. These will absorb water and promote healthy root development of tea plants.
2. Moisten potting soil in a large plastic bag and then spread mix over clay pellets in planter, leaving 1/2 inch at top of planter.
3. Sprinkle seeds on soil, leaving about 2 or so inches between different varieties.
4. Lightly cover seeds with dry soil, and then moisten slightly with a spray bottle or a few drops of water.