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Growing vegetables in pots is easy, once you know these 6 secrets

This story is part of a package about growing food in containers. Here’s all you need to know, plus learn how to successfully grow fruits and herbs in a contained space. If growing vegetables were like growing California native plants, we would all be farmers, rejoicing in our plenty. But here is the bald truth …

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The facts on potting ‘soil’ — and putting rocks in the bottom of containers (don’t!) – The Virginian-Pilot

I recently read an article in a national publication offering advice on repotting houseplants. While some of the advice resonated with me, a couple of assertions did not. The first was that container plants do not need fancy soil. Actually, my beef is more with the liberal use of the word “soil” in the article. …

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Want homegrown veggies but lack the space? Make a container garden now with cool-season plants | Home/Garden

Many cool-season vegetables can be planted now and grown successfully in containers. This allows you to vegetable garden even if all you have is a sunny balcony, porch or patio, and if you don’t want the physical demands of growing vegetables in the ground. You just need to make sure that they are provided with …

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When to plant zinnia seeds: for a bold and beautiful show

Getting savvy about when to plant zinnia seeds can bring blooms in vivid shades of red, magenta, orange, and lime to the backyard from July into October. Fashionable in the 19th century and enjoying a resurgence in popularity, these annuals bring retro glamour, as well as exotic appeal. Once you know how to grow zinnias, …

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Best trailing plants for hanging baskets: 12 beautiful ideas

Choose the best trailing plants for hanging baskets to create a cascading, romantic effect. Trailing plants are some of the best plants for hanging baskets, and should always be included when deciding how to plant a hanging basket – otherwise your focus will be on the side of the container rather than on the plants. …

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Choosing the best containers for growing vegetables

Several readers have written me over the past month lamenting the fact that they no longer have land to plant a vegetable garden and saying they really miss both working outside and the act of growing their own food. Each of them wondered if they might be able to grow some of their favorite vegetables …

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How to use vertical space to grow edibles in a small garden

Do you find that you just don’t have enough floor area when you venture into your small garden? It may leave you tripping over pots, squeezing into cramped seating areas and longing to be able to grow much more in your outside space. Yet, if you think vertically, the smallest space can offer an abundance …

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