If you want to start new beds this year, now is the time to begin paying close attention to your yard. Before you plant anything, you’ll want to ensure that the area you choose receives the right amount of sunlight for the plants you want to grow. After all, if you’re dreaming of a field of lilies, you don’t want to dig out a bed in an area pounded by the sun all day. Stalking your yard in this manner, and taking notes, will help you best plan out where you can start your prep work once the ground thaws. You can also take a close look at your existing beds to determine what plants will go best in them.
In honor of the New Year of the Dragon I thought I’d check out a bit of Chinese flora for this week’s blog. According to my research, “China doesn’t have an actual national flower but the national favorite would be the tree peony” (china.org). Back in ’94 a survey was taken in each of the districts and the peony got the most votes for National Flower, not that it was ever made so but at least it got the most votes.
There are many different containers available, but which kind is best for your plants? Read on to find out!
An important part of growing happy and healthy houseplants is choosing the right container for them. There are several different kinds of pots available and different types of plants need different types of pots. Here is a look at what’s available and what they are best for:
Plastic- Most houseplants are sold in plastic pots and for the most part, it’s fine to keep them in them. Plastic pots are durable, shatter proof and keep the soil from drying out too quickly. They come in a wide array of sizes and colors-some even look like terra cotta or stone. Try to find the type that comes with a saucer that snaps on the bottom to protect your furniture. Just make sure to remove it when you water to insure proper drainage. Discard any pots that have cracks or chips in them as the edges can be sharp and they may leak when you water.