Container Gardening Ebook
If you're like me, you want your container gardens
to look like the ones in magazines. Full, lush and growing strongly all
season. The only difference between us is that I ran a nursery that
grew these monster baskets and I got to grow them every year for my
customers (who could easily pay the rates for this kind of display)
So what I'm doing here is sharing all the techniques and secrets we
used to design and maintain these glorious plants. Now that
writing and gardening for myself, I see no reason why you shouldn't
know how easy it is to do once you know the methods.
Show-Basket Growing Tips
ebook summarizes all the things I used to do in our nursery to produce
show baskets for estates and horse farm competitions.
hundreds of these stunning baskets every year. And believe it or not,
we actually had to lock the greenhouses where we kept them because each
and every one was a reserved custom basket. New customers would try to
get inside to buy them in almost any way they could; my favorite was
when a woman had her husband try to squeeze through the ventilation
openings to get one. (I note the basket was way too large to go out
through that vent opening even if he had succeeded in getting inside).
But yes, there are both design and growing tricks to put together
a basket like this and to maintain it. And I've written about them (and
added illustrations) so you can do this yourself.
Is That How They Did That!
*What you need to know about the containers themselves because your
choice of material and size will determine all aspects; from
design to growing hints like watering and the plants in them.
The Important Soils and Feeding Techniques
*Soils and why you should only use an artifiical peat based container
soil and why you never, ever use real garden soil
*How to Reuse the soil year after year. My mom was born in
Scotland and we never wasted anything so why should I throw away
perfectly good soil. Here's how I rejuvenate it every year
save a ton of dollars.
*Soil temperatures and how they can influence our plants and be
influenced in turn. And more importantly what
you can do to reduce this problem.
*Watering - sounds simple but knowing how to water properly will make
all the difference to your containers. We had a saying in the
greenhouse industry, "he who holds the hose, holds the
So the "profit" or beauty in your basket rests with whoever does the
*A simple way to take care of your container or basket when you forget
to water (and we all do) here's how to repair that problem.
*Feeding - you only have to feed if you want leaves, flowers or
fruit. Here's why most of your plant food is going
bottom of the pot and what you can do about it. *I use a
system for making super baskets and I tell you a way to grow a really
huge basket if you like long-term fertilizer.
*Why not to use those chemical water holding agents. These
ineffective and cancer causing. That pretty much sums that up.
Container Design Tips to Make Those Huge Baskets in
*You want to know how to design those massive baskets. I
give you the way we used to do it - a way to arrange plants so that
they look full and interesting right from the get-go. And
importantly, the older the basket gets, the better looking it gets
because you've designed for the growth.
*We discoveed several techniques in our nursery for actually planting
different sized containers and achieving the same look in
I'll share this simple pot planting technique in the ebook so you know
automatically how many plants to put in a pot.
*Mind you, once you get them growing there is the needed maintenance
and if you don't do this, you might as well not start. Using
watering systems and planting
techniques in this ebook, a container will quickly outgrow itself if
you are not there to properly manage it's growth. This
pruning and maintaining is described here.
*Current design trends suggest we combine our plants - perennials,
annuals, tropicals and foliage plants all together in one
These are stunning baskets but there are a few things you have to take
into consideration before actually putting them
factors you have to match and consider are explained here in both the
nice-to-do's and the have-to-do's in order to succeed.
Special Plant Tips Sections
*Growing and Design Tips for these classes of plants (each in their own
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