Hi! My name is Scott Reil and on behalf of Expert Village, I would like to talk to you about container gardening. Window boxes are a fantastic way to dress up your house. It really kind of gives you that cottagey kind of feel that we always looked for since we moved in here. So we put them up on our back in the backyard and we put them up here on the garage. It is important for me that I don't do something that looks like everybody else's. For that reason and because we are kind of in a shaded area, I am going to do.
Something with a little more foliage and a lot of other window boxes. I've chosen this Boston fern here as a great center piece because it matches up so well with the Christmas ferns that I have down here in the garden. So I am sort of extending the garden up the wall. That's a great idea. If you have colors or plants in the garden, you can reference them, it's a great way. For a bit of a splash and color, and to add something trailing over the edge, I want to put in these vinca vines. Again, it is sort of the same thing. I've.
Got this wonderful cream and green variegation that matches up really nicely with some of the cream and green variegation that I have down here in my hasta border. Finally for that last little punch you call it I am going to plant up some of these nice pink torenias that are going to give me a little splash of flower color in here to complete the picture along with the ferns and the vincas. Now I love these manger type boxes, but it is not the only kind of box out there. There are wooden boxes and what not but if you like.
To look at these manger boxes, here's a quick secret. When I first put these in 2 years ago, we lined it with plastic. We poked holes through the plastic. That means that my raffia lining on the outside here hasn't rotted away in a single season. I'm going into my third season now using the same raffia. So it's the little tricks and tips that will really help you build an outstanding window box color display that is going to make you the envy of the neighborhood. Try some things on your own, experiment. Sooner.
Hi! My name is Scott Reil and on behalf of Expert Village, I would like to talk to you about container gardening. When designing containers, it is good to keep a couple of general principals in mind. One is the principal of contrast and in trying to do my two containers here, I've chosen a taller container which I've even accented the vertical even more by putting a tall plant in it and plants that grow in a more upright shape and I want to contrast that with the horizontal. You can see I've picked a lower container here and.
I want to pick some plants that are going to accent the horizontal more. First of all I am going to put this gerber daisy in the middle. Now you can see the leaves hold on a very horizontal way and the flowers that come up, it holds on a horizontal plane as well. So this is the kind of plant that is going to really accent the container that it is in by being horizontal as well and that's a good way to look at it. Here I've actually wanted to make the taller container vertical and the lower container horizontal but you.
Could switch it around some. To make this container more horizontal all we need to do is put some trailing things and some lower more vertical plants and trail it over to the side it would change the feel entirely. The other thing to think about when you are designing containers, is your color contrast and your color compliments. This one I've chosen to go with a little bit of a red, white and blue theme little bit on the patriotic side but I also again, chosen plants are going to stay low, packed and horizontal so this.
Is never going to be a really tall container. What I have done though is I've chosen some plants that are going to compliment the colors that I've used in this container. For instance, this quartz blue verbena is going to show off a very blue coloration in here soon and it is really going to stand out against that red here, but it is very much going to compliment the blue in the container that I used back here. I've also done much the same thing with the ageratums that I've used. The ageratum, being to the whiter side is going to compliment.
With the white snapdragons up here, but there is just a tinge of pink in here so it will reference back to the daisy's that I've got in the middle. The other nice compliment that I have going here is we have two types of ageratums, so even though the flower colors are different, I get very similar looks in the big tall flower up here and the low flower that I've used down there. By contrasting and complimenting back and forth between different colors, you can get a look in your container that is going to be cohesive with the gardens,.
Hi! My name is Scott Rio and on behalf of Expert Village, I would like to talk to you about container gardening. Watering containers is always an important thing to think about. If you've done a good job of constructing your soil, it is already going to hold a lot of moisture. Things like peat, things like humus are going to hold water in the container and make it available to your plants on a regular basis. If your plants are really going to be in a hot hot dry area, there are water crystals out there that are available that.
Expand and hold up to 10 times their water. It's a great way to stretch the water in your container. But remember to soak those crystals first before you mix them into your potting mix or the next thing you know, it is pushing your plants up and out of the container. For shady area like this, one of the easiest ways to come and do your watering is to simply turn the hose on them. Even in the middle of the day in a shady area like this, it is.
Going to provide nice soft gentle water. It is going to wash the dirt and debris off of the leaves and any pollutants that might be in the air that have also washed under the leaves, it will help cool your plants down and get them into a nice temperature where they can grow happily. Now remember the smaller the plant and the smaller the container, the quicker that that plant is going to use the available water in the container. So your smaller containers are probably going to need a little more water than some of your other.
Ones. Shallow containers like on this bone side also dry out a lot quicker so that is another one to consider and real thirsty plants like this banyan tree, I actually keep a container underneath it to catch water. It will actually suck water right up out of that pot once it is full. So considering your containers, considering the plants that are in them, it is the most important thing to think about when you are watering your plants but remember, no matter how much that plant likes hot dry sunny conditions, they all need water. So above all else, don't.
Container Gardening Tips Plans Herbs for Container Gardens Home Gardening Tips, Ideas Advice
Hi! My name is Scott Reil and on behalf of Expert Village, I would like to talk to you about container gardening. I've got my little herb garden here by the kitchen door. That's a great place for an herb garden but some times I want to take plants out of here, give them away to friends or maybe keep them even closer maybe I want to keep them on a window in the kitchen or even a kitchen table. A great way to do that is containerize the herbs. Here I've got Greek Oregano and Greek Oregano has the tendency to spread around pretty quickly.
It's one good reason to think about keeping it in a container. Containerizing an herb like oregano is easy. This one will take just about any kind of a soil situation so I put a good amount of gravel in the bottom here. Most of the herbs like to be pretty freely drained in their containers. I am going to use the container mix but there won't be a whole lot of it. This tends to root very shallow and run on a shallow basis. You can see these runner's down here. It is one good reason to maybe keep this one in a container.
But it does come back readily and perennially so I will be able to keep this inside in a garage or a sun room and help keep it going for me from year to year and the fact that this is containerized now, makes it very easy for me to move this to anywhere I want or to give to a friend. It is wonderful when you can take the plants in your garden, bring them through in containers year after year and divide them and give them away to your.
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Hi! My name is Scott Reil and on behalf of Expert Village, I would like to talk to you about container gardening. Planting up your containers really couldn't be easier. I am going to show you a couple of little short cuts and tips that are going to help save you money and time, but for the most part this is a real easy proposition. We just got to remember what the plants want. Sure they need water and they need soil, but they also need not sit in water, so you don't want your soil to get boggy. One of the first things.
We will do we are going in and plant a container, so we are going to put some drainage stone down in the bottom. Not a lot. It's not necessary to put a whole bunch in on average. It adds weight to the container, but just an inch or so in the bottom is going to give us a little place for the water to actually come out of the pot and get out that drainage hole in the bottom. If we just put soil in there, it would get out to some degree but.
Not as readily, so it's a good idea. Now we go back and fill this up with soil, or do we We are going to be putting some smaller plants into this container. It's not going to take up quite so much space. So you can often find ways to cheat, and here I've got a container that doesn't have a hole in it and I'm going to drop that into the pot. It's going to sit down over the drainage rock so it still allows drainage on the sides. You want to make sure you are not totally sealing up the bottom of the pot with the.
Pot you are putting in. But in this case, because I put in the drainage stone, that's not an issue. But now I've taken up quite nearly half the volume of the pot that I'm not going to need to fill with this potting soil that I spent a good deal of money on. So we are saving potting soil this way and keeping things to a minimum. Now we are going to go ahead and fill it up the rest of the way with soil. This will give a good rooting.
Medium because of the nice things that we put in it it will add lots of whole humus and other materials that will help feed the plant and will be able to go in and plant plants in this just a minute. Now I've got a container that I've already filled up earlier. We are going to take and show you quickly how to plant some plants in here. I'm going to want these guys around the outside of the pot so it is easier for me to get them in around the edge and bring the soil up out of the central like this. I can.
Back fill on the edge a little extra soil. My bigger piece this one is going to grow up right. Fuchsia's are almost a big shrub so we want to give him plenty of room and some of these colias plugs around. Colias is a great foliage plant and the great foliage colors will offer a nice contrast. A little more soil, a quick watering and we've got a finished container. As this grows, it comes up and the plant develops into size. We are going to get a beautiful contrast of colors, foliage and flowers.
Hi! My name is Scott Reil and on behalf of Expert Village, I would like to talk to you about container gardening. There are a lot of different soils out there for container mixes. I don't like to use right off the rack container mix because quite often its got fertilizers already added, or its quite simply just peat with pear light mixed in. I do organic culture. I like to mix a little more readily available food in there, some more humus and whatnot. So I am going to show you how to make a good organic mix for containers.
The first thing to start with is some good old fashioned potting mix. Now for a lot of people, this is the one step that will get them the rest of the way. And would I be able to grow in my container mix like this Well, yeah probably but again, heat does not break down readily and when it does break down, it tends to be kind of acidic and the pear light doesn't break down at all. There's not a lot of extra food here for my plants, so what I like to do is to add in gardening soil, in this case from my friends at the.
Coast of Maine. And it's made with a lot of extra humus, with kelp, with other fertilizers in it that are going to help add a lot of organic component in humus, and you can tell just to look at it how black and rich this is. Now we are really adding some organic content back to the soil. It is going to make it a little bit heavier than the original mix would but that's okay with me. Again, it worked building a good organic soil it is going to have the fungal structures and things that will help keep it a white open.
Area soil like woodland soil. One last secret for me is cocoa mulch. Now with that same idea in mind, cocoa mulch has a white springy texture. I go back to compact and it just bounces right back to shape. Cocoa mulch. Although the name would suggest that it is mulch, I don't like it as a mulch, but I love it for the soil amendment, because it helps build so those fungal soil strains that really work well. Now I am going to mix a big batch of this because we have a lot of containers to do but this is something that.
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Hi! My name is Scott Reil and on behalf of Expert Village, I would like to talk to you about container gardening. One of the things that has gotten a lot of interest in gardening circles over the past couple of years is container gardening. There are a lot of good reasons for it. First of all, containers are a type of gardening you can do anywhere. Even if you are in an inner city, an apartment dweller with nothing but a balcony, container gardening offers a way for you to get your hands dirty and into the world of gardening. Also, it.
Fall Window Box Display The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith
Are you looking for a way to sort of spruce up the exterior of your home where you can change out with the season Got one for you. You watched us design and build this house in 150 days, but the work is far from over. We're about to jump into my favorite part of the process of bringing all this together. Join me for an exclusive look right here on eHow Home. As you'll recall, when we designed the house I really wanted window boxes on the upper story. Those two dormer windows really needed them. So I had Tony custom build.
A pair of window boxes to fit there, and we designed them where grow boxes would fit into them. However, now that we're into fall, well, I don't want to plant anything up there, but I thought, what a great place to do a display of pumpkins. They fit with our fall decor and they're very festive. Now what will happen after Thanksgiving, we'll shift over into the holiday season, and what I can do is take the pumpkins away and fill those window boxes with all kinds of greenery and all kinds of holly berries and things like that. So that.
Will take us into the new year. In the meantime, I have planted bulbs in the grow boxes and they'll be dropped in just before spring and that whole front will be filled with tulips. Not a bad idea, huh What I love about these window boxes is Tony built them out of a Meritech, which is the manmade material that we used as the trim on the house. You see, that stuff has a 50 year warranty. So those window boxes are gonna last for a long time. Hey, if you.
Hi! My name is Scott Reil and on behalf of Expert Village, I would like to talk to you about container gardening. When planting containers for shade, there are some things to keep in mind specifically with shaded plants. I like to try and do this with all my containers and all my gardens really but when I come in shaded areas, flowers become harder to come by. If you look at the plants in the woods, you don't see as many flowers as you do on the plants that are out in the sun. Because of that I try to look from foliage.
Colors that are going to be there and really stand out. Things like colias which you can see a variety of different colors and shades that we can work with are great. Here's a begonia that won't flower but who needs flowers. Look at the marvelous variegation on there. There are 4 or 5 different shades of reds, greens and silvers in there. That would contrast really well with this New Guinea impatiens Again, this isn't for full full shade like some other impatiens that we know of. This one wants partial shade but that.
Reddish coloration is just really going to stand out famously. Here's another begonia and you can see a little bit of a flower power to him but this begonia again with that shiny dark green foliage, that's going to be a great contrast than ours. Another thing to think about when you are in the shade is ferns. Ferns are a natural shade lover. They look great, they offer a wonderful foliage contrast and it is a plant that is usually taken care of in the shade. It's not to say that there are no flowers in there. We already talked.
A little bit about impatiens. Everybody does those but this is torenia. This is a shade plant not a lot of people do know about and it's a great one. It's a little taller than the impatiens and roughly at 10 inches, where a lot of the impatiens is sort of in an 8 inch range. It's got a pretty little flower on it. Again the flower power is not huge on any shade plant but in the torenia's there's a lovely range of pinks into blues. Now mom wanted pink this year, so that is what we are doing but next year who knows.
Maybe some of the blue ones. But in choosing plants for your shady container, remember don't think so much about what you can do with just the flower power, think about the different foliage contrasts and colors you can work in to make that container look pretty special with just a few plants. There's not a flower around there but I guarantee you this will be a container that gets oohs and ahs from everybody that come into my yard. Look around, check out the plants that work for you and you like together, put them in.
CustomMade Window Box Day 113 The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith
Hey, what about landscaping your windows What a beautiful view of the world every morning think about it. They say an ecofriendly house can't be built in a 150 days for $150,000, and I say it can. I'm Allen Smith, join me as I push the limits with time, budget and creativity with the Garden Home Challenge, exclusively on eHow Home. Now that we're into the throws of the landscaping, it's time to think about, well, all aspects of landscaping. And one is to actually use some window boxes upstairs at the dormer windows I think.
It's gonna look really great. A perfect sort of cottage look. So what we're gonna use are these grow boxes, which are great for growing things. And one of the problems with window boxes is, if you ever tried to grow things in them, is that you have to constantly water them, and they're difficult to manage, in that, there's often very little soil, and they dry out quickly, and so the plants have difficulty growing. So what you have here is a box that has a reservoir here that holds water, and this part holds the soil. And you.
Plant the plants up to the top edge of the container works really well. So what makes this really handy is that there's a little scupper here where you can add the water and just fill this up, and then through a wicking effect through the roots, moisture is pulled up to them. Now, this particular box really doesn't fit on the roof because the angle of the roof, so I asked Tony to take a sketch that I did and create a box where the grow box is actually the liner, so we can drop it in like this. And then on the backside.
Of it, you can see, he's angled it where here is a place for the water to be poured in. And this will be mounted up against the window up there. This is made of really durable materials. The interior framing is made of, well, treated pine. And then this manmade product, which we use for the trim of the house again, it'll match has a 40 year warranty on it. And he's put this together with a nail gun and also with wood screws, so it'll really hold together. So the next step is to fill in these holes with some wood putty and then.
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