Container Gardens

Flowers in concrete planter

Flower Containers for Beginners

Growing flowers in pots is a very satisfying way to brighten up your porch or yard, and it’s a great way to get started with gardening. From choosing pots and flowers to how to plant your container, here’s everything you need to know to get started.

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Ivy leaves

Holes in Ivy Leaves

Julie asks: “Our outdoor potted ivy has holes in the leaves. How do we solve this problem?”

If you don’t have any other evidence of disease or infestation, it sounds like something is simply eating the leaves. Read more to see how to get rid of the likely culprits.

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How to Plant Small Seeds in Your Garden

Dispensing tiny seeds for planting can be a tedious task. Watch this video to see out how to pick up and plant small seeds individually.

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How to Grow African Violets

To grow new African violets, use a sterile knife and cut off a healthy leaf as near the base as possible. Dip the stem in rooting hormone then push it through a piece of paper and place the stem in water until it develops roots.

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Egg Planting

Starting your own plants from seed is a great idea and here’s a trick for simplifying the process of transplanting them to the garden. Save your old eggshells and situate the empty half shells in an egg carton.

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Painting Clay Pots

For a quick and easy way to paint clay pots give them a spin with an electric drill. Watch this video to find out how.

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Potted Seedling Humidity Helper

A good way to increase humidity around potted seedlings is to set a couple of seedling pots in a larger container of pebbles. The pebbles should be about fingernail size, and there should be just a small amount of water in the pebble container- enough to create humid conditions but not enough to touch the bottom of the pots.

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Plant with Care

Helping your plants make the transition from the pots or containers you buy them in to the garden is an important step to developing a healthy landscape. Begin by digging a hole large enough to accommodate the plant, its root ball and some additional material.

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