Garden Tips

Here are some tips for terrific-looking plants in containers.

Set pots on bricks, which gives them better drainage and discourages slugs from slithering up.

Be sure your container has a bunch of drainage holes.  You can drill additional ones in plastic pots easily and with a masonry bit in ceramic ones also.

Work and slow-release, granular fertilizer into the soil every spring or when you re-pot.

Water your containers weekly with a liquid fertilizer. Add a handful of Epsom salts to a bucket of liquid fertilizer to promote blooms. Do these every few weeks.

Soil and plant roots heat up in the summer, so if a container is in the sun it's likely to need water every day. If it is really hot, plants might need a second drink in the evening.

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