Boy, do I feel blessed. Or lucky. Or both. In 2011, I got to visit someone who became one of my favorite people, who lives in a house on a property that most of us just dream about. It was the very first Garden2Blog, held at P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm just outside Little Rock, Arkansas.
Then the next year came along and lo and behold, I got to go again! About half the bloggers in 2012 had been there the year before and half of them were first-time attendees. Just when I thought it couldn't be as fun as it was the first time, it was even more so. And this time we didn't have a tornado breathing down our necks. We had the best time. Again.
I was pretty sure I'd had all the fun I was going to get to have at Moss Mountain Farm those two years, but guess what? I got invited back this year! In about ten days, I'll be heading to Little Rock again and you can bet I'll be cherishing every moment I spend there, because for SURE this will be the last time, I just know it. And boy am I grateful for what I know will be a third charming time.
The festivities have actually already begun. Two weeks ago, we were sent a package from one of the event's sponsors - Jobe's Organics - and we were instructed to use the materials to plant a container and video the process. We got a plastic container, some Jobe's Organic potting soil, some Jobe's Organic fertilizer, and a $10 gift card to either Lowe's or Home Depot to help buy plants for the container. Mine was from Lowe's, since that's the closer store to me.
Now videos and I are not the best of friends. You don't really see me in too many videos on this blog or elsewhere, do you? Some people are good at them and actually love doing them (*waves at Shawna*), but I'm sort of uncomfortable with them. This one was actually kind of fun though, because I got this idea of showing, not telling. So without further ado, here's my 1:23 video:
I did it in one take, which is a good thing, because I would have hated to have to put those plants back in their pots and the potting soil back in the bag and do it all again.
Some potting tips:
- Make sure your pot has a hole for drainage in the bottom. I had Romie drill one in the bottom of this pot because it didn't already have one. You can use a container with no drainage hole, but you have to be really careful about overwatering if you do that.
- This potting soil didn't already have fertilizer added to it, so I put the proper amount in it (according to package directions) before adding the plants.
- The old formula of Thriller + Filler + Spiller still works well. I used Juncus grass as my thriller (something tall), Dahlia 'Pooh' as my filler (medium height), and Nemesia Sunsatia® Lemon as my spiller (something to spill out over the side). All three plants like pretty much the same light and moisture, so watering will be easy to manage.
- Because containers dry out faster than in-ground plantings, keep an eye on them, especially during hot and dry weather. Don't forget that wind can dry out plantings faster, too. And when you water, do it thoroughly, until the water runs out the bottom. Let the top inch or so dry out before watering again. Most plants don't like to be sopping wet all the time.
- Since you're watering the containers often and water runs out, the fertilizer may need to be replaced every so often, depending on what kind you use. Some potting soils have extended release fertilizers but the Jobe's I used is organic, unlike those other ones that last for three months or so. Organic is good.
- If any of your plants start looking sad as the season draws to an end, take those out and replace them with something new that goes with your theme. By that time, the garden centers may have some good deals on some suitable replacement plants, and you'll have a whole new look to your container!
I mentioned a theme, didn't I? My theme for my container in the video was to plant something for the hummingbirds. They're drawn to red, which the dahlia provides and I added a hummingbird feeder in red and yellow colors that echo the flowers. We'll see if the hummers find it!
As I said, the planter, soil, fertilizer, and a $10 Lowe's gift card were provided by Jobe's Organics and the container video project was part of the P. Allen Smith Garden2Blog 2014 experience. I paid the amount over $10 needed to buy the plants and the hummingbird feeder.