Last week, the Elizabethtown Foxglove Garden Club learned container gardening tips from Lynn Marshburn, an agribusiness technology teacher at Bladen Community College. About fifteen members of the club were present for the quarterly meeting held on the BCC campus.
Club President Cathy Gantz welcomed everyone to the meeting and announced that preparations were underway for the annual Katie Mac Greene Mum Sale to be held in the fall.
Niki Dennis and Carol Strickland, club members and hosts of the evening, served flower-shaped sandwiches, fruit and dessert before the ladies began the container gardening program.
Afterwards, Ms. Marshburn led club members through a hands-on lesson in container gardening.
The tips for container gardening given by Ms. Marshburn are as follows:
- Consider space. Consider the pot size you need for the area where you want the plants to live.
- Containers come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and molds. Terracotta pots need more water than others because they are sporulous. Choose your containers wisely.
- Soil is what you want to use when container gardening. Marshburn said you don’t use outdoor soil because it doesn’t contain the nutrients plants need to thrive. An all-purpose potting mix is the best soil for your container garden.
- To fill your containers you will need three types of plants, “Thrillers, Fillers and Spills”. Thrillers are usually the tallest plants in the container and are eye-catching. Some examples of thrillers are purple fountain grass, aztec grass, flax lily, iris, and palms. Fillers are plants that can fill empty spaces in the container. Some fillers include pentas, rosemoss, pansy, and petunia. Spills should have a cascading growth that will spread around the container. Examples of spill plants are Creeping Jenny, Mossy Rose, and Weeping Junipers.
- Fertilizer is essential to use for the growth of your plants. Liquid or slow-release fertilizers are good options for container plants.
- Don’t forget to “deadhead” your plants, which means cutting off all dead flowering parts of the plant.
- Finally, don’t forget to water your plants. Before you start your container gardening, submerge the roots of the plants in water. Next, find out how often the plants need to be watered.
At the end of the meeting, each lady had a container filled with beautiful plants.
The Foxglove Garden Club is committed to community service projects and learning more about gardening. The next meeting will take place in October.