Container Gardening Location and Purpose Type of Containers Plant Selections Design Maintenance Hands-on Experience Placement & Purpose Apartment/Balcony vs. House/Deck, other suggestions Windy Corner vs. sunny, protected spot
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provide movement (lead the eye)
(so many containers, so little time…)
Plastic TerracottaPotteryWooden boxesHalf barrels Wire baskets lined with moss
Crates or baskets lined with a plastic bag
…and many more
Upright plants provide height
Bushy or spreading plants form the backbone of the arrangement. Mix colors of the same type of plant
plant densely if you want instant effect! As long as you water regularly & fertilize sufficiently, everybody will get along.
Design – Make a Plan
A sketch of your planting idea helps visualize results
Get a potting mix like Miracle Grow Potting Mix (8 qt. bag - $4.99) or
mix your own with deodorized steer manure & compost (1 cu. ft. – 99 ¢) and a couple handfuls of organic fertilizer.
Winter: little if any.
Spring:if it rains heavily, water only a little.
Summer: 80°F and above – water daily; rainless cool days 65-75 degrees every 4 days.
Note:Water slowly (it’s therapy, remember ), until some water escapes the bottom of the pot.
Type of Container
Plants in porous clay pots need watering more often. To minimize watering needs, plant in plastic pot and insert it into a clay pot. The space between the pots can be insulated with peat moss, gravel or perlite.
Fertilize with slow- release pellets when you plant and continue with ½ strength Miracle Grow (or clone) twice a month during warm season.
Clip & Snip: Cut off dead flowers as often as possible for continued bloom
Renew 2x a year (or put in garage): take off top 6” of soil & replace with new potting mix. Replant with seasonal plants.
Bugs & Disease: throw away & start over unless choice plant. Try dish soap spray with 4 drops hot sauce. Aphids are terrible on many plants.
Plant First Aid:DRY, drooping, withering plant immediately water and cover with a plastic grocery bag (greenhouse ICU effect). Leave overnight. WET, droopy plant that drops leaves it is drowning! Take out of pot & let dry out. Water less frequently.
General Maintenance through-out the year
Vassey Nursery 2424 Tacoma Rd.Puyallup, WA 98371
Thorsett Landscape Nursery 13501 SE 226th PlaceKent, WA 98042
The Garden of Eden1903 Shaw Road EastPuyallup, WA 98372
Portland Avenue Nursery 1409 East 59thTacoma, WA 98404
Oriental Garden Center30650 Pacific Hwy S.Federal Way, WA 98003
Furneys 21215 Pacific Highway SSeattle, WA 98198-6097
5823 160th Ave EastSumner, WA 98390
Edgewood Flower Farmhttp://www.edgewoodflowerfarm.com/
2017 Meridian Avenue EastEdgewood, WA 98371
17006 SE Wax RoadCovington, WA 98042
Watson's Greenhouse & Nursery6211 Pioneer Way EastPuyallup, WA 98371
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