- plants of choice
- terra cotta pots
- broken pieces of clay pots or pieces of Styrofoam
- watering can or garden hose
- granular fertilizer
Step 1: Soak Pots
Patio containers are easy to plant, but it’s worth spending a few minutes preparing pots before you start. Choose a pot that will accommodate the plants easily and will allow room for growth. If you are using terra cotta pots, prepare them for planting by first giving the insides a good soaking using a watering can or hose.
Step 2: Cover Drainage Hole
If the pot has a drainage hole in the bottom, cover the base with pieces of broken clay pots or bits of Styrofoam to prevent soil from clogging up the hole.
Step 3: Fill Pot
Fill the pot with compost, leaving a gap at the top to allow for watering. Mix a granular fertilizer into the soil according to the instructions on the packet.
Step 4: Firm Down Soil
Position plants in the pot, leaving enough space between them to allow for growth. Gently firm down the soil around the roots, and water in well.
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By: National Gardening Association