Ready To Grow Veggie Pots

Almost everyone is buying veggies to plant – many first timers too. Growing our own food might be crucial this year. 

That got us thinking about people in rentals, duplexes, apartments, etc. where they are unable to garden in the ground or in raised beds. Also, for the newbies, how can we make this easier so they will be successful growing edibles.

Our solution is Ready to Grow Vegetable Pots – a veggie planted in a simple nursery pot large enough to sustain its growth through harvest. Pick your favorite veggies and we will plant them for you!

The exceptional taste of home-grown vegetables is something everyone should experience…

  • Tomato
  • Pepper
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Cucumber
  • Potato
  • Eggplant
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Landscape Design Basics

One question I hear most often is “how do I choose what to plant in the landscape beds around my house?” Tall ones, short ones, fat ones, skinny ones? Where do I start? Here’s some easy to follow tips that all landscape designers use.

Plant shrubs that stay short in front of windows, porches, decks, and entryways so you don’t block the view.

Plant larger (taller) shrubs in front of areas without windows

These small and larger shrubs become your “foundation” plants that will be in your landscape for many years to come. As these plants mature you will see differences in the height of the plants which gives variety to your landscape.

You then can plant small perennials and annuals in front of the foundation plants. This will add depth to the bed along with colorful flowers.

  • Perennials bloom at different times of the year and most die back in the winter but reappear in spring and bring you blooms for years to come.
  • Annuals also bloom at different times of the year but usually do not last more than 1 growing season.

I suggest using a combination of perennials and annuals in your bed. The perennials since they come back year after year and the annuals for the “wow” factor their blooms bring to the bed.

You can follow these tips whether your flower bed is shady or sunny. Other things to consider are choosing plants that are not all green – mix it up with plants that have purple, yellow or variegated leaves. Use of different shaped plants (fat, thin, wispy) will also add to the beauty and interest of the landscape.

Follow these basic guidelines and your landscape will look like a professional designed it.



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Build Your Own Succulent Garden


One of the newest crazes taking over is building your own succulent garden. Our friends at The Home & Garden Center in Longview are here to showcase two types of plants that are super important when building your own succulent garden, and they’re unique and low maintenance.

The first are succulents and the second is tillandsia, which are also known as air plants.
Both of these can be considered house plants or even be outside most of the year just as long as they’re brought inside during the winter.
“One thing you need to consider when choosing their location is how much light they can handle,” says Michelle Westbrook. “Succulents can take quite a bit of direct sunlight, while air plants do best in indirect light. We’re going to walk you through a really need and different way of showcasing both of these.”

Here’s what you need to build your own Succulent Garden:
• A container– When picking a container to plant in, drainage is one of the most important things to consider. It’s recommended to drill at least two holes into the bottom of your preferred container. If it still doesn’t drain well you can drill extra holes into the bottom and add a small layer of pea gravel before adding your soil.
• Cactus/Succulent Soil– When working with succulents you definitely want to use a potting mix that’s designed for cactus and succulents. It drains a lot faster than normal, and succulents are very susceptible to root rot of the soil they’re planted in stays too wet.
• Pea Gravel– The pea gravel has two purposes. First, it can be used on the bottom of your container before adding soil to help with drainage. And it can also be used on the top of the garden to help cover the bare soil and add some texture to your final product.
• Succulents– These are the star of the show! There are hundreds of varieties, so choose a variety of textures and colors to really make your garden pop.
• Air Plants– Now probably because of their name there is a misconception out there that air plants live off of air. But that is not the cast. Out in the wild they grow off trees and live on rainwater so they do need to be either spritzed or soaked depending on the conditions they’re in, and what variety they are.
• Glue– Make sure it’s non-toxic. A hot-glue gun is also acceptable.

• A few decorative rocks
When building your garden it’s always a good rule of thumb to remember the Thriller, Filler and Spiller rules.
-A thriller is something tall that’s normally showcased. In the above demonstration it’s the piece of cedar that’s placed in the center of the garden. There are also a few taller succulents behind the cedar to add to the thriller affect.
-A filler is something shorter that helps fill the container. So this will be your succulents.
-A spiller is something that will spill over the edge. For this purpose, it was the Sedum.

Now let’s get started:
1. Drill two holes with the bottom of your container
If using a large thriller like cedar, place it in the container before the following two steps
2. Fill container with a thin layer of Pea Gravel.
3. Add a layer of soil on top of the gravel.
Now, your larger thriller should be secured in place
4. Start adding your succulents to the soil around your thriller
When working with succulents it doesn’t hurt to pull some of the soil away to help them fit the pot you’re putting them in, just as long as you don’t damage the roots.
5. Add your spiller, and other plants you want to include
6. To add your air plants, simply use non-toxic glue to make them stick to your favorite spot
7. Fill bare soil spots with more Pea Gravel
8. Admire your succulent garden!

When planting, you’re only limited by the scope of your imagination. And for those of you whose imagination isn’t there yet, that’s what The Home & Garden Center in Longview is here for.

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