Outdoor Living

MAY
30
2013

Pallet Gardening

Vertical gardens are all the rage and we are seeing them everywhere made from recycled pallets. From Pinterest to HGTV to all the decorating magazines including Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living, pallet gardens are everywhere! They are an easy way to garden vertically and there's so many reasons to do it: 1) space limitations, pallet gardens do not take up a lot space; 2) pallet gardens add an architectural element to outdoor decor; 3) fruits & veggie plants lend themselves to growing vertically, like cucumbers or strawberries; 4) increase your growing space. No matter the reason, gardening vertically can be fun and rewarding.... and simply put, pallet gardens look fantastic!

Many veggies and flowers are perfect for growing vertically, just be sure that what you choose has similar water requirements.

RECOMMENDED PLANTS:

  • EDIBLES: strawberries, cantaloupe, cucumber, eggplant, okra, peppers-hot, peppers-sweet, squash, tomatoes, watermelon
  • FLOWERING PLANTS: begonias, marigolds, petunias, celosia, verbena, coral bells, impatiens
  • SUCCULENTS: portulaca, Ice plant, purslane, hens and chicks, sedums

HERE'S HOW YOU DO IT:

We’ve assembled some quick and easy instructions to get you started. We sell two sizes of pre-constructed pallets for easy growing. The pallet is made of untreated pine lined with Typar landscape fabric to keep the soil in place.

  1. Place the pallet on end and fill with potting soil. Be sure not to pack too full so that the landscape fabric is bulging, but tap the soil down so it levels out.
  2. Pick out your plants to use for planting.
  3. Cut or use your fingers to create a small hole or planting pocket (about the size of the roots of the plant) and sprinkle in McDonald Greenleaf fertllizer.
  4. Place plant in the hole and use your fingers to cover the roots with soil.
  5. Space plants out on each row of the pallet. We suggest about 3 inches apart.
  6. Finish planting by adding edibles or flowering plants to the top of the pallet.
  7. Water. When you water, turn it vertical with the open side up and slowly water every 2-3 days during spring, and then almost everyday during summer. Sometimes, water may need to be added directly to young seedlings when pallet is laying flat. But, be sure to allow enough time for the water to seep down through the soil to get to the bottom plants.
JUNE
1
2012

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Get Focused

Creating a garden focal point with statuary really brings your garden into focus. What may start out as just a grouping of plants is given definition by adding a focal point. Visitors instantly know where to bring their attention. You may have heard this referred to as "directing the eye" or "giving the eye a place to rest". It's the same concept that we use when designing indoors. Objects of size or interest, like a fireplace, piano, armoire, painting or large screen TV, are positioned to be the first thing you notice in a room. The rest of the furniture and objects are used to balance and accent the focal point. This concept works in the landscape as well.

If you do choose to play with creating focus, the choice of garden focal points is limitless and adds a personal touch. Anything that offers interest through size, shape or color will serve as a focal point. You may have more luck if you look for objects you love and then find a place to put them, rather than hunting down the perfect piece to fill a void. Ideally, focal points should look like they have always been a part of a garden. This is not to say they need to be old, or distressed, just comfortable in their surroundings.

Picking out distinctive focal points for your garden is as simple as identifying the picture you want to paint. Embellish with an antique bench, painted flag motif or a bright umbrella. The rustic appeal of a wooden bench or Adirondack chair can instantly warm any space. If seclusion is what you seek, selectively place a couple of stepping stones - they’ll act as a secret invitation to a hidden nook in your garden. Or, welcome the neighborhood with a few intriguing pieces. Statues, sculptures and accent pieces always encourage conversation, and birdbaths, sundials and fountains can gracefully transform your yard into a haven of serenity or a lively celebration of whimsical art. There are so many ways to express your creativity out of doors. But, perhaps the most fun can be had in choosing and artfully placing sculpture, folk art and natural accents that reflect your very own spirit of place.

MAY
7
2012

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Make a Splash!

Add a stylish, focal point to your garden design and give a spot to your fine feathered friends.

A bird bath is an artificial "puddle" or small shallow pond, filled with water. It offers a spot for birds to bathe and 'cool off' as well as, offering a spot for birds to drink from. It is an attraction for many different species of birds, especially during the heat of the summer and during drought periods. A birdbath can also be a garden ornament to add interest in the landscape.

Birdbaths often times are a central feature of an overall plan for a garden setting. They are placed where they may be viewed through the windows of a home or from a deck or patio. They also may be placed on a small patio, deck, or terrace.

This season, we are featuring our Michael Carr Birdbath collection. These beautifully glazed ceramic bird baths infuse color and modern design into your landscape... and they make excellent gifts. Consider adding a bird bath to your outdoor space and you will be rewarded with visits from the fine feathered friends for years to come. We promise you'll love it as much as they do!