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Friday, September 14, 2012

Fall, Is YOUR Garden and House Ready?

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Well like the old saying says, Fall is a season that we only dream of in the South-since we pretty much have Summer from April through November. If we're lucky we MIGHT get some Fall like days in laste October. But that doesn't mean we don't have to get our Fall gardens ready- nature's time table never changes! So we can use plants and flowers to help us set the Fall mood, even if it is 87 degrees and 80% humdidity out there!

To help make our Fall gardening easier, Scott has come up with some great Fall Project ideas, to help you choose the right plants and flowers to plant and a Product Finder, to find the right products to feed your garden, so that your can Find beauty in the Fall right in your own backyard (or front yard!). For us in the Southeast, it is a time of renewal for our plants- they need time to establish string roots systems now that the heavy rains are slowing, and those roots need time to take in nutrients and grow! So container gardening is usually our best bet. So off I went to find some Fall container planting ideas.

While on Pinterest, I found this adorable container garden:





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With Kale, Moss, Ivy, Bittersweet, Grapevines and a pumpkin, it's a perfect living Fall centerpiece for your steps, porch or driveway! But to me, a Fall container garden isn't perfect unless it has some Mums in it! So I probably would add some orange and yellow ones too! Check out this picture for another choice, Black Eyed Susans in place of the Bittersweet:
 
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Even if you have a container garden, you need to make sure you have the perfect Fall plant and feed product for the different plants in it. This is where the product finder comes in handy! 
 

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For this container garden you need a large basket, with a container that will fit inside of it, but not come over the lip of your basket. When you get your container, add a rock layer at the bottom, to allow for proper drainage. Then start your plants off right by adding Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix- it is ideal for all kinds of plants and provides them with the nutrients they need as they take root in the container, and it improves drainage and air flow around the roots! By watering continually and providing the right fertilizer (feed),when you first plant your container, like Miracle-Gro Continuous Release Plant Food (which feed your plants for up to 6 months), you can count on your container plants thriving!

Next add your flowers, being sure not to bunch the flowers too closely, to allow their roots room to spread out. By alternating the Lale and Moss, you give the conatiner a good support. Your second layer rould be your Mums or Black Eye Susans, on the sides. That way you have room to add your pumpkin(s). You can then layer your grape vines if using them, over and around your plants. Ta da- simple asn easy! Remember, it is also important to remove dead flowers when they occur, to help keep the plant's energy focused on new buds! 

For my container garden above, I would probably not use a live pumpkin, but a craft pumpkin that I sealed with craft spray, just because of our heat, pumpkins don't last long outside! I love the grapevines, but not sure if I would use them, or allow the ivy to come up and over the pumpkin. If you select a more verigated ivy, then it would have a similar effect. I can easily see one of these on both of our front step pillars!  I've never grown Bittersweet, so I;m glad I can go to the Miracle-Gro Facebook page and chat with gardneres who have! 

So what about you?

DO you have an idea for updating your Fall garden? Do you know which Fall plant and feed product you need for the plants and flowers you already have, and those that you want to add? 

I hope this post has given you some ideas for Fall, and remember you can trust Miracle Gro to meet all the gardening needs you have!

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