More Garden Ideas

by on January 8, 2011

These Pots Are Off the Wall—Literally

Wall Mini Plant PotsIf you’re tired of humdrum containers and looking for a fresh new way to display plants indoors, check out these funky little pots.

Off the Wall Mini Plant Pots, created by a London-based design team, are petite, stylish pots angled to hang on the wall perfectly, so there are no visible hooks or hardware.

These tiny pots look great alone or in pairs. But we also like the idea of clustering a bunch of them together to create a living wall, or hanging them in a row on the wall of a sunny kitchen and growing a miniature herb garden.

Made from powder-coated steel, these pots are made to last. And their colors—choose from five vibrant hues—will stay vibrant, too.

Keep your Christmas Cactus Blooming Bright

Christmas cactusIt’s no surprise that the Christmas cactus is popular this time of year—the name alone destines it to be a holiday favorite. And the blooms that close at night and open during the day just add to the magic of the season.

A Christmas cactus needs short days and cool night temperatures in order to bloom. Bright light, high humidity, and slightly moist soil are essential, too. To keep the bright blooms after the holidays, follow these tips:

Keep it in the dark. Move it to a dark space or cover it with a dark plastic trash bag so no light reaches it for 12 or 13 hours each night.

Don’t prune the flat, arching stems (buds form on the tips), and don’t fertilize so heavily that you encourage only vegetative growth.

For next year’s blooms, leave your cactus out in the summer months. Place it in a spot where it is protected from strong mid-day sun. Leave it there as late into fall as possible, bringing inside only when frost threatens.

Bring indoors. When you bring the cactus indoors, place it in a bright window where temperatures drop to 55°F to 60°F at night.  If nights are a bit warmer (65°F or so), it will take longer for buds to develop.

Great Reads for Gardeners

‘Tis the season to curl up on the sofa and read about gardening. This holiday season, why not give the gardeners in your life a great book? They’ll probably loan it to you when they’re done.

Need some recommendations? Here are a few interesting picks.

Grocery Gardening

Grocery Gardening

Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Food. Going beyond the usual tips on harvesting and preserving, this book is packed with healthy recipes based on what’s in season.

The Nonstop Garden

The Nonstop Garden

The Nonstop Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Plant Choices and Four-Season Design makes designing a gorgeous garden fun, easy, and understandable.

Minnie Rose Lovgren's Recipe for Raising Chickens

Minnie Rose Lovgren’s Recipe for Raising Chickens

Minnie Rose Lovgren’s Recipe for Raising Chickens. With so many people raising chickens at home, this book is one of the most down-to-earth and detailed guides we’ve seen.

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