Starting a Garden

tulipsIt’s officially spring! Can you believe it?! The change of seasons has many of us here at BH thinking about planting flowers and starting our own gardens, which is exactly what we’re here to talk about this week.

To help get you started, we bring you a guest blog written by BH Training Manager Allison Nielsen, where she walks you through the ins and outs of putting your green (or not so green) thumb to good use! Enjoy!

We’ve all heard about the benefits of creating your own summer garden – but it can certainly be intimidating to figure out where to begin.

Gardens tend to get a bad rep as being super high-maintenance – but they don’t have to be! In fact, you could plant the most low-maintenance garden in the block – then just sit back and soak in the compliments from your neighbors!

This week, we are focusing on getting your green on with potted plants. Pots can be a fantastic way to ‘dip your toe’ into the gardening world, without the commitment of ripping up your lawn!

potted plants 2First, you’ve got to figure out what light you are workin’ with. These two factors will help you determine what kinds of plants will survive – and THRIVE! –  in your new garden. We’ve detailed more information below.

The following types of flowers, herbs, and veggies require at least six hours of sunlight per day and lots of water!

Calibrachoa (Million Bells), Verbena, Cape Daisies, Browallia, Violas, Tomatoes, Peppers, Basil, and Oregano

These types of flowers, veggies and herbs need 3-6 hours of sunlight per day:

Flowering Begonia,  Thyme, Sage, Bergenia, Brunnera

The following flowers and ferns need 3 or less hours of sunlight per day:

Fuschia, Torenia, Begonias, Coleus, Coral bells

When selecting multiple plants for each pot, make sure you are choosing ones that complement each other (both in looks and in similar light and water requirements) – this will make sure the whole pot looks great!

red flowersSecond, you want to make sure that you have good drainage within the pots themselves. Make sure any pot you buy has drainage holes at the bottom – but if you just can’t resist buying that adorable decorative pot without holes at the bottom, simply use a smaller plastic pot that has holes and insert to the fancy pot. Style and happy flowers all in one! 

Third, use a potting mix soil – not a garden mix soil. Potting mix soils have extra nutrients that help potted plants look their best and last the longest!

Lastly, make sure you note the water routine for all of your plants, and be prepared to increase watering if the weather is especially warm.

Follow our tips, and your mini-garden will be the envy of everyone on the block!

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Thanks – and happy planting!

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