How to Arrange Herbs in Containers At Home With P. Allen Smith
Who says you have to have a lot of room to be able to grow lots of herbs You know, sometimes when you think about herbs and growing herbs, you think about this idea of, well, you gotta have an herb gardena whole space dedicated to growing herbs. Well, that's really not the case at all. So many herbs do so well in containers. For instance, here, and I have them integrated here on these steps that go into the house, so they're very convenient to the kitchen. And when I say integrated, I have other things growing around them. So.
The herbs aren't just not these plants of utility, they're actually integrated into the design of this entryway into the house. This happens to be a wonderful basil that grows very tall and colanderlike. So the vertical accents here at this entryway, well, they're just gonna enhance it even more. And I'll be able to harvest basil off of this throughout the entire growing season. Now, if you wanna grow basil or most other herbs, you're gonna have to have full sun or at least halfday sun. And you wanna make sure that.
The soil drains well and that you're soil stays consistently moist. You don't want them to sit in standing water. And I always like to use a saucer underneath my containers. It really helps with the wateringit cuts it in half for me. I also like to keep the tags. And I slide them down just along the side of the container like that, so I can remember what varieties I have planted in what containers, because I use herbs in containers all around the garden. Let me show you another example, come on over here. So take a look.
At this display This is on one side of my tool shed. Rather than just having a blank wall, I took advantage of very limited space. I have a shelf that sticks out about 18 inches here. One that only sticks out about 6 inches here. And just look at all the herbs that I can grow here in containers. I have all kinds of mints that are cascading down as well as thyme and chives. And what I've done is I've staggered them at different heights by turning a container upside down. I can sit this one up a little higher, so it makes.
It rather artistic. And get this All of these were planted from a single container that's this size. This is spicy oreganooh, I just wish you could smell the aroma. And it, too, will cascade down. You can see down there on the far end, one of them is already growing very well. Now the thing to remember with herbs is the more that you clip them back and use them the more of these delicious leaves they will produce. If you're enjoying these tips on how to bring beauty and flavor into your life, make sure you subscribe to eHow.
Container Grown Fruit At Home With P. Allen Smith
Figs are delicious, and they were actually considered the first form of clothing, if you know what I mean Let me tell you how you can grow them in a small space. You know, something I hear a lot from folks is that I would really love to grow some of my own food, but I have much room at all, really no space. Hey, it doesn't take much space to grow some of the most delicious things you've ever eaten in your life. I'm crazy about blueberries. Look at all these blueberries. And guess what They're growing in containers.
I have 5 containers of blueberries here, 3 different varieties. And look at the fruit set. I'm giving them a little feed. I fertilized them just as they were coming out of their winter slumber. But I'm giving them just a little bit more, as these blueberries began to ripen. You see, about a month and a half ago they started swelling, or the buds did. And you can see these beautiful flowers. And then the honey bees showed up and they started pollenating. And what you have to have to produce blueberries like this isyou need.
At least varieties that flower at the same time, so you get that cross pollination going on. And what I like to do is make sure I plant them in large containers, and I set them down in saucers. And I got a drip irrigation system here. This keeps the soil consistently moist. And you can see just how well they're producing. In the fall, the foliage on these plants, well, it's just outstanding. They're beautiful plants. Hey, in my fruit production, in this little space, doesn't just stop here. Come on over here, let me show you. Now take a.
Look at this big guy. This is a fig. It's actually a Brown Turkey Fig. And I don't bring these in in the winter, even though you might think that's such an Italian thing to have. Actually, I got the idea of growing them in containers on a trip to Italy, where I was sitting out at a restaurant in a little patio area, and they had big pots of figs. And it was really beautiful. But just look at all the fruit on this fig tree, it's just fantastic. Now, as I said, this one's Brown Turkey. And I don't have to take these containers in during.
The winter. There are some varieties that can really take much colder temperatures. For instance, there's one called Chicago Hearty that is hearty up to Zone 5Chicagoand it can take temperatures as low as zero. Now, I wouldn't say it would survive in a container exposed like this, but it would in the ground. But anyway, it just looks great as a landscape plant. And just look at all these gorgeous figs. Hey, if you're enjoying these segments on how to grow some of your own food in the tiniest places, tell a friend about them.
How to Plant Herbs in Tin Containers At Home With P. Allen Smith
Why not take these vintage tins and turn them into containers for some of your favorite herbs If you're into a vintage look in your home, why not use some of these vintage tins for planting some of your favorite herbs For instance, in this one, I have curly leaf parsley. Over here, in an old Folger's coffee can, you can see, I got some thyme. They're very happy in these containers. Now if you wanna plant an herb in one of these, there are a couple of ways to go about it. What I'd like to do is show you the way I've done.
It because both work really well. First, you wanna take a tin, and if you don't mind puncturing some holes in it, you'll need to do that anyway. This one is not exactly vintage, but it's made to look vintage. You can see, on the bottom, it looks very modern. If you're gonna use this to support plant life, you need to make sure that it's plantfriendly. And right now, without any drain holes in the bottom, it's not plantfriendly. So all you need to do is take a nail and drive a few holes in the bottom of it like this. For a container.
This size, all you really need are about three drain holes. The herbs like welldrained soil. So it's critical you give the plant what it wants. Next, you'll wanna add some soil to the container. And you wanna soil that's specifically blended for container gardening. So I'm just gonna add a little bit of this soil here like this. I'm gonna take an allpurpose organic fertilizer and add just a little bit of that into the soil and mix it up, and then the herb itself. In this case, I'm going to plant thyme. Just clip off the plastic wrapper like.
This, and pull off the biodegradable peat pot, at least around the upper edge, and then I'm gonna position the herb in the container. And you can see, it just needs a little bit on the sides to fill in. Here and here. There we go. And now all I have to do is water it in. This'll look great in a window sill or sitting on a table. And if you do set it on a table or a surface, that you wanna make sure it doesn't get stained or messed up.
Just take and place it on a saucer like that because, again, you have the drains holes in there, so it will drip when you water. Now if you don't want to drive holes in the bottom of a vintage tin, there's another way to go about it You just wanna take some gravel and place it in the bottom of the container. About 34 of an inch of gravel is all you need. Then take a plastic freezer bag and plant the herb in it. And then puncture the holes in the bottom of the back and place the bag in here like this. The plastic serves.
Extending Gardens With Containers The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen Smith
For both a productive and beautiful vegetable garden, you know, your garden doesn't have to stop at the edge of the bed. 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. Don't get me wrong, I love my raised vegetable beds in this part of the garden. But, you know, I'm always looking for ways to grow more things to eat. That's why I turned to.
Containers like this. You know, there are a lot of reasons to garden in containers. If you don't have a lot of space, containers are perfect. Don't have a lot time It doesn't take much time to plant up a container like this. And, hey, you don't have to weed them. The other thing you wanna keep in mind when gardening in containers is you wanna good size container so that the plants don't dry out and they have plenty of soil volume to grow into. This size container is about a 20 inch terra cotta pot, and notice that I.
Have a saucer here at the bottom. That helps me keep the soil consistently moist, which is very important. You also wanna pay attention to the soil you use in containers. You see there's soils that are blended for container gardening. These are the ones you wanna go for because you get really good drainage. Alright, now let's talk about other reasons why one might wanna use containers in a garden. There are decorative reasons. You see, I've used ten containers along this walk in this garden. It splits the garden in half. So on.
Formal Garden Design At Home With P. Allen Smith
Who says gardens can't be rooms, and formal rooms at that You know, if you're into gardens or if you're into beauty, there's something about a formal garden, whether you're a formal person or not, you just have to love. There's such harmony in them. This is one I designed about, oh, 15 to 17 years ago. If you look closely, you'll see that it's made up of very few, simple concepts. You see, the garden is symmetrical. It is 80 feet long and 40 feet wide. And the inside of the garden is really divided into four parterres with a.
Center fountain. And what a parterre is is just divided earth. Now, the plant material that I used to paint this garden is really made up of just a handful of plants. Hollies we have Needlepoint Holly as the other hedge. We have these conical Hollies called Nellie R. Stevens Hollies there are four of those. And then the rest of the garden, well, it's made of Boxwood. This is called Buxus Microphylla, and you can see, it takes the knife, as they say, very well meaning that it sheers beautifully. Now even though.
We're in the midst of winter, this garden, I think, really shines. In fact, I think that one of the best times to look at a garden is in the winter because you can really look at its bones. Now, speaking of bones, there are some other plants in here that are deciduous. There are Crape Myrtles here over the archway that creates the entrance to this garden. There's a New Dawn Rose. And then there are objects in the garden that help punctuate it. There are these urns with an obelisk at that top, and in each corner there are figures.
That represent the four season. We come back to that whole idea of simplicity and symmetry. You know, it's a lot of fun to come back to a garden like this and see it mature. Even though I did it 17 years ago, by basically sketching out the initial idea on a napkin, it's fun to see how it's come together, matured, and you get this great sense of harmony just walking through it. If you've enjoyed this tip on garden design, make sure you share it with a friend, and subscribe to eHow Home.
Floating Containers At Home With P. Allen Smith
So what do you think of the idea of a floating garden Now, Chris, we've all created hanging baskets. Right. But you hadn't lived until you've done a water basket. What we have is a floating plant baskets. I just love this. This is amazing. So it's a landscape type fabric, so we get the water coming through to feed nutrients to the plants and the roots. Right. And it'll float around the surface. Let's go to work on it because it's really quite simple to put together, isn't it Very much. Now, did you want to anchor it with.
Gravel first, or did you just want to start with the plants Just start with the plants, the gravel is just to cover it to keep the dirt from getting into the pots. Well, this papyrus is fantastic. This is King Tut, and it gets really large now. Nice. Yeah. It'll love the water. So it will be right in the center here Correct. Okay, alright, then would do we do next, just choose some other plants to go on around Something to go around the sides. We can do some of the Corus' here. I love those. I love that chartreuse color.
And then next, maybe we throw in some Impatiens Get some color. Yeah, yeah, I love that. Now, would you tear the roots in, just like you're growing anything Just like doing anything, right. Alright. Like you're hanging baskets or in the ground. Alright, now we got all our plants in place. That was about as easy a gardening as I've ever done. Now, we just add a little gravel. Want to take some gravel, it's going to add some weight. Alright. And keep the plants. Stabilized. Stabilized, and also keep dirt from getting into the pot.
So this is just ordinary pea gravel Just ordinary river stone. Now, there's not a lot of nutrient in this gravel, Chris, so what do we do about that We have a fertilizer spike. So this is an annual fertilizer, a slow release fertilizer. Oh yeah. And we'll just put a couple of those down on either side of the pot. Right, right. And we're good to go. And that's enough to fertilizer it, keep it going, for the entire season The entire season. And the idea is for these plants to kind of grow over the edge. Right, that's.
What we want to use potato vines for. Right, right. Then if you want to keep it stabilized, or moored, if you will, to decide you can do that, can't you Yep, we have an anchor string over here. Here it is over there. We can tie it in to the side. To rocks, or you can even anchor it to the bottom. You can use maybe a little fishing string that you can tie to a rock in the bottom of the pond and keep it out in the middle. That's just.
Five Tips for New Gardeners At Home With P. Allen Smith
Hey, how about 5 tips for beginning gardeners There seem to be 5 things that they always do wrong, and it doesn't set them up for success. Let me help you out. You know, getting into gardening is a really cool thing. You can grow so much. I just love it. And I always try and help people out who are just getting started. Beginner gardenersthey're green. You know, there're some basic things that they always fall back on, which are the biggest mistakes. And they're about 5 of them, and I thought I might go through them first. First.
Of all, don't take on too much! You know, you get excited about something, you wanna conquer the world! The idea is to stay small, have small victories, like container gardening. Grow something in containers. Grow tomatoes in containers, first. Or these raised beds. That's what I'm gonna do in these raised beds, I'm gonna put some tomatoes in them. But in this container, I'm gonna put this one big Agave that's been rootbound. It was in this pot. Hey, it needs a bigger home, so it's going in here. The second thing is that planting.
Plants in the right place. Read the labels. You know, if it says full sun Don't put it in the shade because it ain't gonna grow. If it says it likes shade Don't put it in the full sun because it's gonna look like a crispy critter. It's gonna dry up on you. The other thing is Don't plant things too deeply. Gardeners really want to pile stuff up. I mean, soil all around the base of plants, and they really don't like it. Now, tomatoes are an exception. I plant 34s of the stem of tomato in the ground, and I get a big root.
System. But by and large, you wanna make sure you're not planting things too deeply. So you can see, the top of this Agave is right about here. And I'm not gonna add any more soil to thismaybe just a little bit. But you just wanna keep the soil level at the level it is at the container. Maybe just a little bit higher, if you mulch. The other thing is watering Don't over water your plants. You don't want them sitting in water, okay So you're into it. You're lovin' your plants. You're givin' them too much love in the way.
Of water, and you're gonna kill them. The other thing is likebulbs. Hey, I've got some bulbs here that I'm gonna plant. And people plant them upside down. And I don't get that. The basal plate of a bulb is right here at the bottom. You can kinda see where the roots will come out. That goes down. It's like a Hersey candy Kiss. Okay, that's 5. But one more! And it goes along with the waterdon't over fertilize. You don't want to kill your plants by burning them up with too much fertilizer, okay Don't kill them with too much love.
How to Repurpose Milk Jugs At Home With P. Allen Smith
Good morning everyone. My name is Ben. What I can do is I can take empty bottles, empty glass bottles, and I can turn them into other useful things, things that you wouldn't exactly be used to seeing an empty bottle look like. For example, drinking glasses. I've also made jewelry and things for the home. Today, my friend Allen has asked me to come over here and show you something about repurposing or what you could to repurpose at your house. That being said, I have an empty milk jug here, a few of them, and I'm gonna show you.
How to make it into a lunchbox container. This is a really good idea for families with kids. If you're interested in finding a way to make something cool, like, make memories with your kids with something not only sustainable, but it's just a good idea. I mean, everything about this just makes sense. So we're gonna get started with this And what you're gonna do is take an empty milk jug that you've washed out, and you're just gonna make an outline of where you're gonna cut all around the bottle. One end is gonna be longer than the others,.
And I'll show you why. You start cutting along the outline. I got this idea for the lunch boxes off of Pinterest, actually. I set up a Pinterest page for Freehand Jones as well as many other like media sites, social media sites. So once you have the rough cut, you're just gonna wanna go along and finish out the cutting by taking off all of the marker on the main piece. So this is where the detail comes in. This is a great idea if you have colored markers at home. At that point, like, the creativity is really up to the individual.
Like, how cool can you make your lunchbox, you know Almost finished. Then you're gonna fold the small sides in. And the bigger flap goes over. All you need is a piece of plastic tape and you have yourself a mini lunch box right there. All of it made out of an empty jug that most people would have looked at it and once the milk's out of it they're like, Oh, okay, it's trash. Well, it doesn't have to be trash, unless we want it to be. And that's the point. Right now, like, I see sustainability becoming a big, big market. Like, there's.
Front Porch Rocking Chairs The Garden Home Challenge With P. Allen
A Southern staple for any home is a classic and comfortable rocking chair. 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. I have to tell you, one of my favorite rooms of the house is this room the front porch. And one of my favorite accents for the porch, well, it's this classic rocking chair. They're so much fun and comfortable. You can just.
While the hours siting out here and looking out and having a good conversation with a friend or family member. I wanted a pair of these rocking chairs so they would fit or could be placed symmetrically on the front porch. You see, everything across the front of this is house is symmetrical. The windows, the decorations on either side of the door, the rocking chairs, even out into the landscape with the wing walls and the two Crepe Myrtles that I planted out there. Now when I found these rocking chairs, you wouldn't believe.
What condition they were in. The paint was peeling off of them. I bought them up and put them in storage until I could actually find a place to use them. And boy, I'm glad I did that. What I like about this chair, it had classic lines. It was really solid and strong and well built. The wood was in good shape. But I'll tell you, it was completely gone. So I had to have these rewoven. Traditionally in the South, these sorts of seats were made with strips of white oak. Baskets were made as well. But what's popular today is using.
Something from the rattan palm. This is called a flat reed split, and it's woven in a criss cross pattern, you can see here, which I think is very attractive. This rattan is very comfortable and flexible, and you can see it's wrapped around these dowels, these round dowels that form the basis of the seat. Now, what I love about this is, well, these chairs were in really bad shape and now they've been completely rehabilitated and they look great. We took off all the old paint, took it back to the original wood these are solid oak, and then.
Growing Zinnias At Home With P. Allen Smith
I'm squeezing the last bit of color out of my garden. I wanna show you how. Just look at all this color in my garden, and I'm embarrassed to tell you how late in the season it actually is. You see, these were just planted about 45 to 50 days ago from seed in the ground. You see, if you wanna grow Zinnias like this, you wanna make sure the soil is warm and you give them plenty of sunshine. And they just need moderate water. And when you water them,.
You don't wanna water them overhead it's better to run like a soaker hose or something or deep soak the ground because you can get powdery mildew on the leaves of Zinnias if you over water them. Plus, it doesn't make the flowers last as long and they're not as good for cutting. When I planted these I wanted just to have a mixture of colors, so what I did is I just got some packs of seed, mixed them all up together, and sowed them down this long row. And if you'll look closely you'll see the myriad of colors we have here.
there's apricot and there's peach, there's red, there's yellow, even creamy whites in a wide range of pinks and red. Now the other thing to look closely at is I also have some different flower forms there are doubles, there are singles, and those that are considered a cactus form because they look like a cactus bloom with their slightly rolled leaves. I think the flower buds are equally fascinating. If you look closely, they almost look reptilian in that they have scales. It's really hard to tell what color it's going to be. But the.
Form of that, when you examine it really closely, you can see it's quite beautiful in it of itself. The other interesting thing about Zinnias, like so many cut flowers, is that the more you cut them the more they put off side shoots and produce more and more flowers. So you're not hurting anything buy coming out here and gathering up a bouquet like this every other day or so. And it also makes sense to come along and cut off any spent blooms. What you're doing is you're telling the plant that it needs to produce more flowers. You.
See, the plant is programmed to produce seed, so if you're loping off these blooms where the seed pods are the plants thinking I've gotta produce more and more and more. That leads me to one other thing You see, each one of these as they dry are great for saving because you can plant the seed next year. One other thing to keep in mind Before the blooms get too old and tired, you can actually collect them and dry them by just putting them in silica gel, and over about a week they'll dehydrate and you could use these.
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