Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How does your garden grow?

Do you remember these scrawny little flowers I put out on our porch a few weeks ago?

Well, they have definitely spread out nicely in their new little home! I can't believe how fast they grew, now I actually have to trim them back sometimes!

Also, I learned an important lesson about potting plants that I would like to share (you probably already know this, but if you do just humor me). I learned that it's not smart to plant flowers in a container that has no drainage system. Why? Because when it rains for 2 weeks straight your flowers tend to DROWN.

Of course, I did what any self-respecting girl does when her plants are drowning, and I called my Mom. She told me to go buy a new container, one with holes so the water will drain out, and guess what? It worked (of course). My droopy flowers perked up again, and they are none the worse for the wear.

Are you planting flowers or working on landscaping this summer? Any other tips for a wannabe green thumb like me?


  1. Thanks Kristi! I love flowers, wish I could plant them all over my house! =)

  2. If you're container gardening, I highly recommend the container soil mix that is described in the Square Foot Gardening book. It's really great at draining yet retaining water. Your flowers look lovely!!

  3. Thanks for the info, Jane! I will have to check that out! The book sounds like a good investment too.

  4. a few inches of some medium sized rocks at the bottom of your container will help with drainage too. Or so my mom says... it seems to have worked will with my herbs.

  5. Great tip, Ashley! I will have to try that out!



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