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Prep Your Garden Containers for Planting

Prep Your Garden Containers for Planting

Gardening season is just around the corner—whether you are hooked on container gardening or just like a few pretty planters to punctuate your porch, you’ll need to spend some time readying your pots, urns or other containers to showcase your blooms. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you get growing:

• Clean and disinfect your planters, especially if they are older ones you are reusing. This applies to any type or material of planter.

• You can use anything as a plant container, as long as it has adequate drainage so that the roots of your plants don’t become waterlogged. Pots with at least a 12-inch diameter are best because they hold more soil and won’t dry out too quickly. If your chosen container doesn’t have a drainage hole, you can add one with a drill and a bit designed for use with your planter material.

• Fill your container with lightweight potting mix—there’s no need for filler materials, which could impede drainage. Don’t use garden soil—it can introduce bugs, bacteria, weeds or other things that might prevent your plants from doing their best. Plus, potting mix is formulated with nutrients that will help with plant growth.

For more great tips on container gardening, visit Proven Winners.

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