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June 4, 2012

Weekend Project: Gardening

You may remember that last year was my first real attempt at gardening. I have always been around it I suppose, but never really took the time to learn what to do. Well since last year’s experience with annuals was a success, I thought I would try to recreate it. This weekend we went to find some annuals for the front walk. I loved the miniature dahlias that we found last year and though we couldn’t get the same color, we found a great pink version. Instead of the pink petunias that we did last year, we decided on a bright white version. I think they will bring their own kind of cheerfulness to the front of the house.

In addition, we found a couple of tomatoes and peppers to try. We have not had great success with tomatoes, but maybe this is our year! (If you have any tips, please share!) We are really hoping the Mr. Stripey version gives us some fruit. It is so fun to have some different colors to work into the summer recipes!

We always plant a few herbs to get us through the summer; I find that we use a ton of fresh herbs when they are readily available. Otherwise, they can be a bit cost prohibitive. So far we put in basil, parsley, cilantro, rosemary and thyme. Plus some mint segregated in a pot in an attempt to keep it under wraps. It was so happy once I planted it; it started to spread out immediately!

We also added some lavender just for fragrance and maybe for some creative cocktails to come.

Finally, we put together a couple of pots to live by the door. Rocky Mountain Red Geraniums and White Bacopa will make for a cheerful pot.

Keep an eye out for new creations out of our weekend work. J What do you like to grow? Anything we should add?

Kelly

June 28, 2011

Summer Flowers

Flowers can liven up any space, indoors or out, and I love having them around. Mary and I were out shopping one day and found a cheerful arrangement of flowers for the front walk. The only problem is that I don’t garden. Seriously, I love to learn new things but this is just not something I have mastered. Something got into me and I decided to tackle the project and it turned out to be so much fun! Plus, it has been fun to see it progress. It has been a few weeks and I haven’t killed them yet. Have you planted anything fun for this summer?

Kelly


Petunias, Dahlias, and Agapanthus

Once again, MiricleGro is made for people like me!

Prepping for the holes…

I cut through the weed barrier fabric in an ‘X’ shape and folded it under.

Digging holes…

I added soil to each hole to help the plants live in our clay soil.

I used a knife to divide the plants in order to get more bang for our buck!

Happy Dahlia J

The finished border.

Our flowers growing in and all spruced up for the 4th!

Now all it takes is water daily and some fertilizer every few weeks. I am still experimenting, but this is a good start.

June 6, 2011

Learning French Gardening

AKA Container Gardening

Our local florist, Sturtz and Copeland, offers a variety of gardening classes. This week we took the French gardening class. We learned that there are three fundamental aesthetics for plants in container gardening: thrillers, fillers, and spillers. The thrillers tend to add height and interest to your pot and can be positioned in the center or off-center, depending on the pot. Fillers, like they sound, are the meat of the arrangement. They add volume, color, texture, etc. to your container. Fillers can be chosen to complement your container, the surroundings where your pot will live, or the other plants you are using. Spillers are what they are: trailing, pretty, cover the pot a little and soften the edges. The first decision you have to make is where your pot is going. This will dictate what kind of plants can live in your area. You can play around with containers that fit your space and taste. Most containers use annuals, but you can certainly play around. Basically, you can be as creative as you want with these guidelines in mind. Some of the best tips we learned were:

  • In order to keep the weight of a large pot down and not waste “good” soil, you can use large pieces of Styrofoam as filler in the bottom of the pot. Start with a few pieces of terracotta for good drainage and then add the Styrofoam. You really need about 12″ of soil for annuals.
  • Use good potting mix and remember to water and fertilize your pots. If you feel comfortable, you can mix water crystals and a time release fertilizer like Ozmaocote at the root level into the soil. Or, if you are like us, you might go to Costco and get the giant size of Miracle-Grow potting soil and the fertilizer that attaches to your hose. I would love to feel comfortable mixing my own soil concoctions, but getting the pots done at all is an accomplishment.
  • Utilize the rule of three. Think three fillers, three spillers, and alternate them. Really, when it comes to plants, remember to use odd numbers.
  • Don’t be afraid to spread out the roots of your plants! You need to make sure they are ready to grow normally and not in circles like when they are root bound.
  • Read the tags on your plants so you know which ones to choose. Just knowing what size your plants will get will help you to gauge how many and what types of plants you need.
  • Lay your plants out in your pot once the soil is prepped to gauge the best composition. Play with it and have fun!

These are our creations in progress:

We will post updates as our French Container Gardens fill in and mature!

Mary & Kelly

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