I have read 487 articles about container gardening, studied the pictures then went to the nursery and promptly forgot everything I learned. I can never remember the difference between annual and perennial but I know what I like. And let’s be real, you want it to be happy and bright and survive more than 3 weeks. Plus, I can figure out what needs sun or shade, it says so right on the plastic insert. So, here’s what works for me, my 3-step plan to a lovely container garden:
- Half the dirt – You don’t need to fill your container full of potting soil that will be wasted and costly. Fill the bottom half with crushed cans or scraps of untreated wood. Make sure to leave drainage. Then fill the top half with potting soil.
- Water – it works so don’t forget.
- Do not spend a fortune! The year I spent $47 on gorgeous flowering plants that I had never heard of, amazing ferns of varying shades of green and some tall flower that bloomed one blossom was the year that $47 literally went down the drain. My plants lasted a few weeks and the plants were not my style to begin with.
So, this spring/summer my container is:
a) Geraniums – beautiful, hearty and lots of blossoms, tall
b) Begonias – beautiful, hearty and lots of blossoms, medium
c) Flowering yellow plant – beautiful, hearty and lots of blossoms, short cascading
Grand total: $16.44 for 6 months of beauty!
Tonka truck and basketball optional for porch décor.
Lastly, don’t forget your sun hat while out gardening! JOY!
p.s. this is about as good as my gardening gets — stay tuned for my mom’s amazing garden!