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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - PUMPKINS ARE NOT JUST FOR PIES

Now that fall has officially arrived with cooler temperatures it is time to evaluate your summer annuals and summer container gardens.  With all the pumpkins and other gourds now in season it is time to add some whimsy to your landscape, patio, or porch with fall festive colors.
                So, what’s trending now?  It is creating a Pumpkin container.  It isn’t difficult.  I have some very simple and logical tips on creating that one of a kind pumpkin container garden.  First, I suggest that you coat the exterior of the pumpkin with some type of sealant.  This sealant will give your pumpkin longevity and could keep your pumpkin firm into the winter.  Second, you cut off the top 1/3 and scoop out all the pulp and seeds from inside (tip: save the seeds to roast).  Third, use a knife and cut a drainage hole in the bottom.  I suggest putting a small amount of gravel or a coffee filter over this drainage hole so that the soil doesn’t block the drainage hole.  Fourth, you fill the pumpkin with soil up to about 2 inches from the top.  Finally, you are now ready to be creative and plant some of your favorite fall plants.  You can use exotic gourds the same way as the traditional orange pumpkin but give you a different container look.  Blue Hubbards and Full Moon White Pumpkins make unique containers for the fall season.
                Another fall gardening trend is to use cool crop vegetables and herbs along with fall flowers in containers and the landscape.  If you think about it, it makes perfect sense.  Lettuces, red cabbage, kale, and other leafy vegetables add striking color to any landscape and, at the same time, you can pick and harvest for food. 
                Still not on board with this creativity?  Come see us.  We are making unique pumpkin decorations now that our pumpkins, gourds, corn, hay bales, etc. has arrived.  Speaking of hay bales…how about the idea of using a hay bale as a container?  Just cut out a section of the bale, add soil, plant, and you have just created a very interesting planter.
                If you want more education then mark your calendar for Saturday, October 17 @ 10:00.  Our own Pam Greer, who is very artistic and creative, will be giving a free seminar and demonstration on decorating for the fall season using pumpkins and fall blooming flowers.
Posted: 9/23/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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