Now is a good time to think and plan about container gardening.
January 26, 2015
A lot of us are thinking about our gardens for the upcoming season. The mailman has really been helping out by bringing all of the new seed catalogs. Many of us have already ordered all of the seeds we will be needing for the veggie garden.
But let’s think about container gardens for our flowers. One thing you need to keep in mind is to have the proper soil mix. You can go to your local garden center and they will be happy to help you. The soil mix you want for flowering plants actually isn’t soil at all, You will be looking for a soilless mix,there are many different companies offering this but they’re basically all the same they’re made up of peat moss, bark, and other organic materials. You will also notice that there is vermiculite and or perlite mixed in. This is to help with keeping the mix light and almost fluffy in appearance for drainage purposes.
There are some commercial potting soil mixes that contain granular fertilizer, they seem to work well to give the plants a good start but you will need to feed them throughout the growing season with an all purpose liquid plant food in order to keep them happy and looking good.
Container gardening is a great way to add color anywhere in your yard, you can change the look of your deck or yard daily if you like.
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Over at insteading.com, they have some great tips on growing Shade Plants.
About Stephen Follett Company… Our company has its roots on a farm outside the Village of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, where in 1952 our founder, botanist and horticulturist Stephen Follett, began production of his newly developed liquid plant food concentrate Follett’s Watch Us Grow®.
He spent the previous decade experimenting with various compounds of fertilizers, trace elements and other organic and inorganic materials to find a formula that would foster healthier and better plant growth. He based his studies on the ancient idea of foliar feeding; the theory that plants can absorb nutrients through leaves, branches, stems, buds, fruits and even flowers as well as its root system. After years of trial and error, Mr. Follett perfected his gentle 8-8-8 liquid formula . . . a 256 to 1 concentrate of three major elements (nitrogen, phosphorus and potash) and five micronutrients (boron, copper, iron, manganese and zinc) plus his proprietary compound Fol-Ade® which contains eight ingredients that react on the elemental plant foods in the formula.
Since his death in 1992 at the age of 81, Mr. Follett’s grandson Phil Faustini has run the 50 year old family business. Few things have changed over the years. We’re still located on a farm a few miles from where the company started and the Watch Us Grow formula remains the same. We just don’t see any reason to tamper with something that works so darn well on everything — flowers, shrubs, trees, grasses, vegetables, fruits and house plants. Mr. Follett, known for his sense of humor, jokingly said in his later years, “why it works so well is my little secret, but I think plants grow up to get away from the stuff.” He did share his secret but only with his family. We’re glad he did. You will be, too.