Week 8 – Planting pots and containers to enhance your surroundings

This week we gathered at the 9News Studio and planted container gardens that will give the garden and patio area some nice color for the June 10, Proctor/Macke Garden Tour for the Dumb Friends League.

Ivy Geraniums self clean themselves – no need to deadhead and they keep on blooming

We planted “Blizzard” geraniums.  The are Ivy Leaf Geraniums that trail over the side of the pot.  You will find a lot of Ivy Geraniums used in window boxes, especially in Europe.  All those vacation pictures of flowers boxes with trailing plants hanging out of them.  We planted pink ones.  We took the pots from 2 weeks ago that had the faux finish applied to them and used them for the geraniums.  Blizzard geraniums are great because they self clean themselves.  No need to deadhead and they just keep blooming.

 John talked about Roots soil.  Roots is rich in organic matter and is excellent for potted plants, especially herbs and vegetables.  Roots Greenfields is always my choice when potting tomatoes, peppers or herbs.  It has bat guano, worm castings, and is rich in several types of meal including fish, bone, crab and more.  It also contains several minerals that enrich the soil.  I discovered Roots Greenfields a couple of years ago and now I never use any other soil. 

We continued to use the Old Age products I discussed the week we did the container gardens.  Age Old Grow for plants that are starting out and Age Old Bloom when your plants need more phosphorus to keep the blooms coming and healthy.

 

5 geraniums in a pot. Later we’ll see how these grow and fill the pot.

That’s all for this week.  I’ll post photos as we get closer to the garden tour to show how the pots have filled in.

Thanks to Tagawa Gardens for the Blizzard Ivy Geraniums this week.  They have beautiful plants there.  Now, it’s up to us to keep them alive.  With proper watering and fertilizing they should be beautiful all season.  Grow little plants, grow 🙂

So far so fun.  For this week’s Proctor’s Garden segment visit:  http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=268367

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About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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2 Responses to Week 8 – Planting pots and containers to enhance your surroundings

  1. Pingback: Tools Today – Tool Blog» Blog Archive » You can still grow your own vegetables in pots and containers

  2. pbodwell says:

    Here’s a nice related article from the UK about planting veggies in pots.

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