Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Getting Potted in the Desert - No Job is Too Big... or is it?

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM

A Well Grown Winter Potted Garden
  • Plant Care and Photo by Kara Smith of The Contained Gardener
  • A Well Grown Winter Potted Garden

If you are just starting out with creating a potted garden for your desert home, think through what commitment you want to make right now. If your attitude is that you can do anything and you are just starting out, you may find yourself biting off more than you can chew. I have seen people go to the nursery and come away with five pots, soil and 100 plants; only to discover that they are already exhausted by the time they get everything home. The plants sit for a day…or two and when the newbie gardener goes out to finally plant them, they often find their plants are in very poor shape if they are even still alive.

The beauty of pots is that you can always add more. Go shopping for a couple pots today and maybe even pick up the soil. Get them set and then go to the nursery another day - and be ready to plant no later than the very next morning. Be sure to water your plants when you get home as the trip in the car may have dried them out. Remember, the nurseries are watering 4" annuals two to four times a day in the heat.

Our Potted Garden classes are taking a break for the early part of the summer. If you have something you would like us to offer, let me know!! In the meantime, stay cool and stay connected right here!

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