Container Gardening Tips Plans Planting a Container Garden 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
How To Design Indoor Containers with Teena Spindler
Hi, it's Teena Spindler. here usually we're out the garden but today I'm bringing you inside because I've got some inside projects I want to take care and I love to bring a bit of the garden from outside into the house. And in nature we see some great arrangements that include height, various shades of green, and that awesome pop of color. In order to create that inside I want to use a concept that I call Thriller, Spiller, Filler and I use that concept in order to give myself a really interesting arrangement inside.
So let's grab the pot take it outside and get started. First thing we need to do is put a little soil in our pot liner here. This is what we're actually planting in. The pots in the living room are decorative. The potting mix that I'm filling is a Moisture Control potting mix So the first thing I'm gonna go ahead and put in here is our palm which is one of our thriller plants. Nice tall, great shades of green. You want to take a look at the roots of.
The plant that you've taken out of the pot. They're usually a little compacted down at the bottom. So it's a good idea to go ahead and loosen those roots, and don't be afraid, you're not gonna kill it by giving it a little time. And the reason that you want to do that is if you don't these poor roots will continue to circle the plant rather than reaching out into the soil. We're going to put this in the back of this pot so that we have room in the front for.
Our Fillers and Spillers. The next plant I'm going to put in here is both a Thriller and a Filler because it's going to be in the foreground with that great color to give us a little thrill, but it's also going to cover some of these long stems and fill up that void there. Tuck that in. We want the height of all of these root balls to be about the same. Our next plant that we're going to add is gorgeous zenbidium. I love zenbidiums because they had a lot of color.
And they last a really time. This one is both Thriller and a Filler well and I love how it picks up that yellow from the kalanchoe. So we've got some beautiful yellows going on here but different textures of leaves, different shapes of flowers. Now our last plant that we're going to put in here is our Spiller, and this lovely pothos which it's verigated foliage you can see actually pick up that yellow. Now that we've finished planting our plants the next step is to give them a good water and also feed them at the same time.
The last thing that we want to do to really finish this up before I put it inside is to cover the exposed soil with Spanish moss. Very easy to do, just rip off a little piece of it, and look for some exposed soil and tuck it in. You don't really have to worry about hanging over the edges is because we're going to be inserting into our bigger pots so anything that's hanging over will end up getting covered up. Okay, I think we've got it all ready, let's go ahead and take it.
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 Make Spider Repellent At Home With P. Allen Smith
You know, I think there's a universal dislike of spiders. You know, there's a condition where people just hate spiders it's called arachnephobia. But, you know, spiders get a bad rap. Spiders are actually good to have around. Now don't get me wrong I'm not going there, but I just wanna say a few words for the spiders They eat insects, they're great outside. Like you, I don't like them inside my house. So here is a natural way to repel spiders. I'm telling ya, this recipe is simple, it doesn't take any time to create,.
It's effective, and, like I said, it's allnatural. Now, what you're gonna use is the essential oil of a certain kind of plant or fruit. You can use orange extract. You can use citronella. Lavender oil is perfect. In this case, I'm using mint oil. And specifically, peppermint, in this case. Of course, there are all kinds of mints you can use. You can use peppermint, spearmint and contentment but we won't go there. Okay, the way you put this together is you just wanna take 3 cups of water in a spray bottle like this, and you wanna take,.
As a surfactant big word, but the effect is fantastic. And very simple, just take some dishwashing liquid, about a teaspoon of it, and 3 cups is all you need. What the surfactant does is it breaks down the beading of water. So if you spray something and you get all these little beads everywhere, and it just sort of sits, if you put a surfactant like this dishwashing liquid in there, it'll cause the water to spread out and be even and sort of soak in. Now, the active ingredient here is the peppermint. And I'm using 1 tablespoon.
Of peppermint in here. Ooh, it smells so good. But the spiders don't like it. And then all I do is add this to the top, shake it, and I'm ready to start moving the spiders out. Now, why do spiders start gathering up in the house There are couple of things you should know. There's certain times of year when they're more active you probably noticed this. For instance, if it's been dry outside for a long time, and we get a rain, the spiders start moving inside. In late summer, early fall, when night time temperatures begin to.
Drop, the spiders start looking for a warmer place to live your house. And the other thing to keep in mind is you don't want any rotting fruit around. Why Not because of the spiders, but rotting fruit attracts flies like fruit flies. And guess what Fruit flies are food for spiders. So it's important to understand the food chain. Now, the thing you wanna realize is this is actually a repellent. It doesn't kill the spiders. It just makes the environment uncomfortable for them and moves them on out. Most spiders are not gonna.
Hurt ya. I know, they may freak you out, but they're not gonna hurt ya. But there are some you need to be aware of. Like a Black Widow or a Brown Recluse. You wanna make sure that you do away with those or escort them out of the house. And hey, if Spiderman shows up, don't spray him with this he's a good guy. If you're enjoying these tips on how to improve your life, make sure you check in with us regularly. And give this spider repellent a try. Let me know. And subscribe to eHow Home. Alright, watch out, spiders.
DIY EOS lip balm peace sign design! EASY
Hey guys!!! So, a lot of you requested me to make a peace sign EOS lip balm, so that's what I'm making today! First, I took an EOS I had an I cut it off with a knife Then I took a needle and I started drawing the shape of the peace sign You can use any picture as your guide. Then very carefully, cut off the shape with the knife be very patient here and if the weather is hot and the lip balm starts to melt, put it in the freezer for a couple of minutes.
So it gets a little bit colder You will get something like this Then, place it in the lid of the container. Then, as in my other tutorials, I placed a heatproof container in some hot water and added two teaspoons of beeswax 5 teaspoons of olive oil, some flavoring and some lipstick for the color. This is the recipe that I use, but check out the description box for more options. Then pour it onto the lid. I used a spoon this time to be more precise Keep it in the freezer for 10 minutes and then squeeze the container a little bit to release your design.
To make the outer ring I cut out the bottom part of the shape with a hard piece of plastic, you can use the knife here, but I feel that the plastic works a little better. Then, as in the beginning, I mixed all the ingredients this time without the lipstick let them melt, and pour them to fill the gap we made. Once it sets, pour the rest of the recipe onto the container part close it quickly and put it upside down so the melted part sticks to the top while it hardens.
How to Grow Herbs Indoors At Home With P. Allen Smith
Watchv5lk5FxgXjro 5lk5FxgXjro I know what you're thinking These herbs go in the garden. Uh uh, I'm taking them in the house. I received a comment from one of my eHow Home subscribers it's all about herbs. This guy's interested in continuing gardening, but he's moving into an apartment. His name is Justin Givanno, and he's really interested in taking some herbs along with him I think it's a great idea. You know, they can look wonderful in a kitchen, but, you know, the key is light. The varieties that I find that work well for me include parsley, various.
Kinds of mint, rosemary, as well as chives and thyme. Those that really love a lot of sun, like basil, not so good. But keeping with this idea of light, what you wanna do is you wanna make sure that the herbs get at least 6 hours of sunlight, and the closer to a window the better. This window faces east, so they get plenty of morning light. And this window has proven to be a good place for me to move some of my herbs. And even though I might have them here more in the center of the room, I can rotate them and.
Get them in more light about every three or four days. Also, if you have a balcony or fire escape associated with your apartment, you can move them into more light and then bring them back into the kitchen. Okay, now let's talk about feeding. I like to use an all purpose liquid fertilizer. And since I'm eating these herbs or using these herbs to flavor my food, I wanna use an organic. I fertilizer them about every two weeks with a dilute solution you don't wanna over fertilizer herbs, because you want them to.
Really create a lot of those essential oils. That's what gives them their flavor. Okay, so, Justin, if you're starting with small plants, let's step out to the potting shed, and I'll show you how to pot one up. So what you wanna start with is a soil that is blended for container gardening. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna fill this up in a container, just a terra cotta container. You can use anything you want. I like the terra cotta it's simple and classic. But if you're gonna set this in a window sill, just remember,.
That clay saucer is going to absorb a lot of moisture and it will actually make the paint peel. So you might wanna use a clear saucer, so you can get that transference of moisture through there. Then the herb of your choice. And then what I do is just take that lip of peat moss the peat cup or the peat pot take that off like this. And then I break up the peat moss cup, just a little bit like this. And then I find a home for it and just snuggle it in. You wanna make sure that none of that peat pot edge sticks.
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