I love containers gardens. Small-scale gardens. Easy buttons. The little gardens that take a couple of minutes to do and don’t require any heavy physical digging or mental anguish. Just a trowel and the right plants in the right pot. It’s the difference between having a dishwasher and doing that mile high sink of dishes by hand. Bleh. Hand washing is insurmountable. So is the grander of a gigantic formal garden. But a few plants in a pot is easy to achieve. That’s not to say I don’t admire the look of large-scale gardens but I can’t say it’s an attainable goal most of the time. The property alone you’d have to own! Besides, the blow up pool and trampoline do take up a bit of space now. In my dream world I'd have a talented garden staff working on my garden beds and helping me make decisions. Then reality hits. It’s just my husband, me and a 5 and 7-year-old (with a newborn and he’s not much help). So I like tackling smaller projects. This is why I’m obsessed with container gardens. But when you’re working on a smaller scale, it is essential to get the details right. Here are seven ways to nail the small container.
Toxic plants. They're out there. Some are probably in your garden right now looking so innocent and getting smug about it. Time to panic? Maybe. But probably not. Because while being cautious makes sense, we've also come to realize just how many common plants are considered poisonous. And just like there are degrees in the level of badness in desserts, there are degrees in the level of toxicity in plants. Compare angel food cake or jello with peanut butter pie topped with Cool Whip and Peanut Butter Cups. Big. Whopping. Difference. Not only in total calories but in nutrition. So asking yourself the same types of questions...how bad is truly bad?... makes sense. Let's cut to the chase. While there's lots of plants that many would shake their green thumbs at, these are the plants we would not allow in our homes even for a whole peanut butter pie (with hot fudge on top please).
It's 6 a.m. I jump out bed and head to the basement because I forgot to put the clothes in the dryer the night before. The only pair of jeans that actually fit were wet and I had a doctor's appointment. Barely able to pry open my eyes, I crept down to the basement where our washer and dryer are. Surprise! No, it's not cake and ice cream. It's water. Over a foot of it in our basement. A flood. Ughhh. I don't know about your basement, but we use ours for storage since we don't have an attic, much of it stuffed in cardboard boxes. Actually, it's crammed to the ceiling and our basement is quite large. The discovery sends my horrified self rushing upstairs to wake my husband. Let me tell you, if this has never happened to you, I hope it never does. And if you don't have a sump pump backup plan, then maybe it's time you did. Sump pumps are serious business. So I am thrilled if you are the winner of this incredible backup sump pump from Base Products Corporation valued at $300. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or sign up for our newsletter. For two entries, do both. SOMETHING NEW! YOU CAN EARN ONE ENTRY PER DAY JUST BY SHARING THIS POST! Let us know that you have entered by telling us why you want to win. Contest ends July 31, 2017. Thanks!
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Western New York. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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