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Early Spring Containers How To

Did you know there are flowers you can plant right now? Even if there are still patches of snow on the ground and the soil is hard as a rock? Thank God for containers! Containers make it possible to start gardening long before it seems feasible. And anyone can plant up a few containers, no matter how small your outdoor space may be. After a long dreary winter, who doesn’t want a few pops of spring color brightening up their patio or balcony?

Now, you’ll have to choose your plants wisely, based on where you live. The good news is, most local garden centers will stock only what’s recommended to plant in your area right now. Read the labels to find the cold hardy plants, if you need to. The label should say to what temperature the plant is hardy. You can also ask an associate for recommendations. Just remember, if the forecast calls for nighttime (or even daytime) temps that fall below that, you’ll have to bring your plants in. Luckily, containers allow you to do that! So, grab a few of your fave containers, some potting soil, and get planting. Here’s what I used:

Materials:

  • 3 small-medium containers of varying shapes
  • Potting soil
  • 1 – yellow daisy (osteospermum)
  • 4-pack – purple & white pansies
  • 4-pack – blue & yellow violas
  • 4-pack – yellow violas
  • 4-pack – purple allysum
  • Gardening gloves
  • Trowel
  • Watering can

Instructions:

  1. If your containers have large drainage holes in the bottom, cover them with something that will still allow the water to drain, but not the soil, such as weed cloth, garden mesh, shards of pottery, even pantyhose will work.
  2. Fill the pots with potting soil to the top and press down to firm the soil.
  3. Make holes in the soil with your fingers or a trowel where you’d like the plants to go. Remove each plant from its garden container by pinching the bottom of the container and wiggling the plant out gently.
  4. Place the plants in the holes and firm the soil around them. You don’t have to be super gentle here, you want the plants to be firmed in, but be sure not to break the stems. Add more soil if you have holes or low spots, and firm the entire pot.
  5. Water your pots well, set them in a sunny location, and enjoy the beauty of early Spring!
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