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Fun & Unique Vegetable Container Gardens

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Gardening Expert Melinda Myers talks ornamental and edible plants, including Bonnie Plants, and some creative and unique containers to put them in. www.bonnieplants.com melindamyers.com www.themorningblend.com Melinda Myers, best known for her gardener friendly and practical approach to gardening, has more than 30 years of horticulture experience in both hands-on and instructional settings. She has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist, and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. Each year, Melinda presents at many of the major flower shows and garden events, sharing her knowledge with gardeners from across the country. For more information, please visit Myers’ web site melindamyers.com The site features regularly updated garden tips, videos, green tips, podcasts, an Ask Melinda database of gardening questions and plant guides, photo galleries, appearance information and much more.

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    Annual Flowers for Container Gardening

    Thursday, July 14th, 2011

    Annual flowers – a garden trial of annual flowers and award-winning garden author Doug Green’s picks for his own container gardening adventures www.simplegiftsfarm.com If you’re going to use Zinnia in the container garden, pick shorter varieties. I note in the video that some varieties are powdery mildew resistant while others will wither and die by the end of the summer in containers. Similarly, dwarf nicotine Anna is an excellent container plant. It is not fragrant in the dwarf varieties, you need the older taller varieties to get the fragrance. Marigolds and Lantana are excellent in containers for the full, hot sun. Angelonia is being used more and more by container gardening enthusiasts for a full hot sun garden. The old-fashioned petunia in modern incarnations, particularly the Wave series are standard fare for using annual flowers in container gardening. Begonia ‘Angel Wings’ is an older begonia but is the single most heavily–blooming begonia I know of. It is, without a doubt, my favorite of this family for outdoor growing. The rules for using annual flowers in container gardening or the same for any other kind of plant with several exceptions. Yes, you need to water them almost daily. Yes, you need to feed them at least weekly. The major difference however is in the pruning. Annual flowers require a regular weekly pruning to keep them short and bushy. Picking off the spent flowers is necessary on a daily or every second–day basis. My rule of thumb is that when

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