TIPS & IDEAS

Tip 1: Water Works

Put flowers in water as soon as you get them home. Fill buckets with tepid water, add floral preservative, and then add flowers.

Tip 2: Teacup Vases

Fill teacups with rosebud blooms for a dainty table decoration—cute for kids' parties but still sophisticated enough for adult gatherings as well.

Tip 3: Solid Soil and Dependable Drainage

Make sure your container has good soil and drainage, which means plenty of compost! As Hometalk member The Black Thumb Gardener says, ‘a gardener with no compost is no gardener at all’. Composting is easy, just save your food waste, especially egg shells, coffee grinds, and apple cores! Creating good drainage is also very manageable. Ensure that your container garden has holes in the bottom, and then line the bottom of the container with a layer of rocks.

Tip 4: Location Location Location

Some plants are shade plants, others need sun, and yet even more plants are partial shade or sun! Don’t overlook that part of your plant’s description! Hometalk member The Micro Gardener has a universal solution: Place your container garden on wheels or a trolley, so you can move it around in the event your selected spot doesn’t get as much sunlight as you originally thought.

Tip 5: Well Watered

Make sure you give young plants plenty of water, but always avoid wetting the plant’s leaves! Wet leaves can easily lead to mold, rot, and a sick plant! As your sprouts grow, remember that the general rule of thumb is to give plants an inch of water per week. If you keep the garden close to your house, popping outside to give your plants some water will hardly seem like any effort at all. Be on the look-out for yellow leaves that means too much water!

Tip 6: Water Temp Matters

Warm water helps tightly closed flower heads, such as roses or ranunculus, to open fully. Leave them in water for a day or two before using them.

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