Green Thumb Nursery owner Beth Painter shares her expertise in container gardening.
Friday, April 19, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-04-19 16:37:04)
Source: The Herald-News
On April 2, eleven members of Four Seasons Garden Club, plus guest Katy Trotter, carpooled to Green Thumb Nursery in Hixson, Tenn. for a very educational presentation on outdoor container gardening by nursery owner, Beth Painter.
Painter had assembled many combinations of plants and containers for different lighting situations. Her examples showed the importance of assembling the plants with design intent, using variations in height, texture, color and growing habit for best effect.
Plants shouldn’t crowd each other — no more than four to five plants in a 12-inch pot. Window boxes should not be the same width as the window, but rather wider or narrower, and they must be very securely anchored — a large window box saturated from a rain could weigh up to 200 pounds.
Painter warned against skimping on soil quality. She recommends instead, cutting back on plant expenses if budget is an issue. A good planting medium retains just the right amount of water. Soil in planters should be replaced every two years because harmful organisms may have taken up residence during that time. Used soil can be scattered in the yard or garden. Large deep pots can be filled halfway with “Nature’s Helper” soil conditioner and topped off with good potting soil. The use of local limestone gravel for drainage is not recommended.
Club members visited several of the greenhouses which contain flourishing plants in various stages of growth. Some coleus varieties are grown from cuttings from decades-old mother plants. One house is devoted to seedlings; another contains mature plants and many roses.
Following the nursery tour the ladies drove to the Blue Ribbon Cafe in Soddy-Daisy for dinner and a business meeting.
Two club members have been named to District and State offices. Faith Young was named District 3 Secretary and Donna Taylor was named State and District 3 Scholarship Chairman.
The club’s next meeting will be a visit to the Butterfly Garden at Dayton City School on May 7.
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