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Our Little Container Home 2014

Container Gardening Top Tips for Success

Music Container gardening is becoming more and more popular as people appreciate the flexibility and extra growing space it provides. It’s not just about flowers either you can grow your own tasty produce right outside your door and many speciallyadapted plant varieties are now available. But growing in containers does come with its own special challenges and if you want to succeed it’s important to plan ahead.

Let us take you through the essentials. Where to site your containers is the first thing you need to consider. Most vegetable plants like lots of sun, so it’s important to choose a place which will provide 6 hours or more of direct light south or west facing locations are the best. Placing them as close to your house as you can will mean you have easy access to your plants great for harvesting and easy for you to take care of them.

Choose a sheltered spot for your pots so your plants are kept out of cold, drying winds. Walls, fences hedges are good locations, or try to screen the pots. Using your window ledges and balconies is a great way to get started if you don’t have a garden but make sure your pots are properly secured to prevent them from blowing off when the weather gets windy. Watering is the number one priority for containers.

As the plants won’t have access to moisture below ground. On a hot sunny day they can dry out within hours and plants might not recover from serious wilting. On hot days giving plants a thorough watering in the early morning and evening will be required, making sure that you don’t just wet the surface, but allow it to soak down to the roots. For added convenience, drip irrigation can be installed particularly useful if you’ll be away from home during part of the summer.

Containers come in all shapes, sizes colors and materials. Plastic and wood are tried and tested materials, but you can unleash your creativity just make sure they are clean and won’t leach harmful chemicals. Large pots can also be used to grow plants that aren’t native to your area for example they can be filled with an ericaceous soil for blueberries, which like acidic conditions. And for heat loving plants such as dwarf citrus trees, containers enable the plans to be moved to a warm conservatory or greenhouse during winter months, protecting them from the worst of the winter weather.

There are plenty of options available for using vertical space too, and if you have a warm sunny wall which absorbs heat during the day this will radiate the warmth during the night, protecting the plants from cold snaps. It’s essential to provide good drainage. Plants are easily killed if their roots are waterlogged. Make sure there are adequate drainage holes and that they’re free from dirt or blockages Adding a shallow layer of stones or broken pottery to the base of the pot often helps to improve drainage.

The aim is to cover the drainage hole so the soil doesn’t leak out while still providing gaps for excess water to drain through. Fill the container with a purchased potting soil or your own homemade compost. Don’t use soil from your garden, as this is likely to be heavy and to contain weeds and soilborne pests. Using a lightweight and moistureretentive mix is the best for containers, and it will need topping up each season to replenish nutrients which have been used up. Which container is best to use will depend on what sort of crops you are growing,.

DIY Make Your Own EOS Lip Balm Recycle Old EOS Container

Hi guys it’s Caitlyn, and I have like a really exciting tutorial for you. I have been wanting to do this for so long, I have tried so many trials and I finally found a way that I really like and I really want to share with you guys. And it is DIY eos’s. I have seen so many tutorials for this and I have never found one that I like and I think that the way I found how to do it is super cheap. I didn’t have to spend any money I found this stuff around my house. I mean that could be different for some but I just love it and I want to show you close ups.

This one was the first one that I made and it didn’t turn out as well as the one that I made today. But this is how the first one looks. I mean its still good but it’s not as good as this one. It just shows you that the more you practice the better this DIY will be. Because it doesn’t always turn out good the first time. You know? This is the second one and I think it looks exactly like a eos. I mean the consistency will vary depending on how much product you used or whatever, and it’s not going to be exactly like a eos.

Eos’s are $3, I think thats a very affordable price. So if you want the real thing, $3 is a great price. These aren’t going to match up to them, they’re not perfect. But it is a fun way and if you are feeling creative and you want to recycle and reuse the ones that you have already used up, this is a great DIY for you. So if you would like to see how to make your own eos continue to watch. For supplies you will need: A pan.

A glass container double sided tape saran wrap Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline an empty eos container crayons, this part is up to you. If you don’t want your eos to have a tint to it just use white. I wanted mine to have a little bit of pink in it though, so thats totally up to you.

Lighter and finally, some nail clippers and and pair of scissors. To start the DIY you want to clean out the rest of your product. I used a spoon, you can use whatever you have. You can use your fingers or paper towels. Just get the product out as best you can. Then use the scissors to cut out this plastic divider. It just gets in the way of the eos and you want to get rid of it. and your kind of left with these plastic poky things that are sticking out and the scissors.

Couldn’t get so you want to take your nail clippers and just get rid of those and cut as close as you can. After that you want to go and wash it out with soap and water. The next step is to put water in your pan and put it on a medium heat. For your eos use about a scoop and a half of the Petrolum Jelly or Vaseline per eos container. That should be enough. For crayons I would actually recommend using a little bit more than what I showed in this clip.

The crayon is what adds the thickness to the mixture. If you just do it with Vaseline it’s not going to be a very good DIY. It tried it, and it just doesn’t seem to have any structure to it. So the crayons are very important. Once the water has heated up a little bit you are just going to put the glass container in the middle of it. To prepare the eos container we are going to be using the double sided tape. I am folding it in half to make it a little bit stronger. Then this part is a little bit difficult. The eos container has plastic, its like really.

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