Monday, August 18, 2008

Potted Gardens

Potted gardens may be more temporary than in-ground plantings, but they usually reward creative design and a liberal willingness to change. With potted gardens, you can experiment freely with combinations and new plants, especially considering that you can simply redesign these planters next season. It’s not advisable to use garden soil if it’s infertile or drains badly. You can overcome locations of shade and add pizzazz by brightening dark corners with colorful flowers in pots.

You can even extend the growing season by bringing the potted gardens indoors for the winter. You are even able to grow plants that otherwise would not see the light of day in your garden. Limited space can be used more efficiently or even broken up in large areas of landscape with the use of pots. Finally, it’s significant to keep invasive plants under control because they tend to overrun a garden.

It is vital to keep plants neat and clean through regular sprucing. This not only enhances the look of plants, but reduces the avoidance of insects and disease dilemmas. Remove all spent flowers, dead branches and dying leaves. Leaves should be dust-free by washing the plants with temperate water and gentle true soap - avoid detergent because it can create damage to buds and leaves. Cover the pot to stop soap from entering the soil. If tips of leaves become dry and brown, trim them off tidily with sharp clippers.

Humidity can be increased by laying plants on trays which are lined with a variety of pebbles and filled with warm water to about one half inch of the pot base. Keep a pot of water on the stove, if you heat with wood.

Training contains many minor care activities that differentiate the beginner from the experienced indoor plant gardener. For example, pinching is the removal of one inch or less of the stem tip and leaf growth to incite new growth just below the tip and promote lateral branching. Pinching can be a continuous or one-time activity, depending on the desires of the plant owner. Frequent pinching will sustain a plant compressed, but suitably filled-out.

Potted gardens allow you to garden in what would otherwise be impossible locations and add life to any type of setting with colorful plantings. You can set the potted gardens in a window box and attach the pot to a deck railing or window sill. A planter that’s set down on each tread of the entry stairway is another possibility. Suspended gardens in baskets from overhead beams, pergolas and eaves can add an undeniable attraction to your home. In other words, any bit of emptiness in space can be a spot for a potted garden.

This type of gardening is quite enjoyable because it affords the opportunity to rearrange or change pots and the plants in them in a short space of time. You can combine different plants with similar light and moisture requirements, pay careful attention to the tenderness of the plants you choose and water them regularly during the summer months, with that intense heat and humidity.

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