Composing a planter? Instead of trying to find the perfect combination of color and texture, choose a plant that looks fantastic all by itself. The key is to look for plants that have bold forms. Often they are non-flowering, but have striking foliage or shapes. Think sculpture instead of bouquet.
Last winter I went to Gardeners to buy balcony “saddle” planters. Once there, I saw these stunning planters and crossed off the saddles. I was skeptical that the actual item would look as good as the photos but ordered them anyway. Am I ever glad I did! I’d expected thin, tin-like metal with a cheap finish that had already chipped. But these “lacquer,” heavy-duty planters arrived instead! And in perfect condition.
You can still grow vegetables — even during water restrictions — if you plan, plant and tend plants wisely. And drought or no drought, it always makes sense to conserve this precious resource. Here are twelve tips for healthy, water-wise vegetables.
After a wild winter filled with abundant snow and unusually cold temperatures, I’m itching to get out in the garden. But the garden won’t be ready for me for weeks; it’s still covered in snow and the ground underneath is frozen. So I’m satisfying my need to grow by starting seeds indoors.
If you start plants from seed, eventually you’ll have to master the technique of potting up. It’s what you do when a seedling gets too big for the pot or cell it’s growing in. Usually it’s too early to plant outdoors, so you pot up. Not all seedlings require potting up, but many do.
Winter can be a difficult time for gardeners. Sure, there are seed catalogs to get us through January, but February arrives, and it’s still winter. Is it too early to start seeds? Not at all, especially if you aspire to grow plants that have a long lead time, such as artichokes or onions. Valerie Ryan, […]
Whether you grow on a patio, porch, rooftop or fire escape, it’s essential to choose the right tomato varieties when growing in containers. Look for determinate or semi-determinate varieties, which have a more concentrated fruit set and a compact habit.
If you grow sweet potatoes in containers, consider the “bunch” varieties from Steele Plant Company: Vardaman and Porto Ricos.