Last night I took my gardening class at Home Depot. It was a lot of fun and I learned more than I thought I would. I really wanted to learn about organic vegetable gardening because it's something I want to do next Spring. They didn't really talk as much as I'd hoped about that, but I learned some other really cool tips for container plants.
First, if you have a big pot that you're filling with flowers, herbs, tomatoes, etc and you don't want to use a ton of dirt to fill the pot you can take a smaller pot and turn it upside down and put it on the bottom, to save on dirt. Kind of like putting a brick in your toilet to save on water. You can also put packing peanuts in the bottom of the container to take up some space and help with drainage.
Second, they talked a lot about how it is important to use a soil that retains water well in container pots so you aren't constantly watering. They said though that another option is to mix sphagnum moss into the soil and put a little on top too. They said that it can hold like 40 times its weight in water and will release it gradually. I thought this was a great tip since I usually kill my plants by the middle of July because I get sick of watering them.
Ok well that's it! I'm off to Detroit tomorrow for the weekend but I am seeing Angels and Demons tonight with the hubby. I'm pretty excited but mostly just curious!
Have a great weekend!!