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Friday, May 10, 2019
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Hanging Baskets

We have a huge variety and selection of Hanging Baskets at our Nursery and May is the perfect time of year to welcome these to your home. As you pick your perfect baskets for your home, remember that there are a couple of tips to keeping them looking great all season long.
Shelley with Hanging Basket

Size Matters!

First pick the biggest hanging baskets you can. Small baskets are more prone to drying out or running out of nutrients because they only have a small amount of soil. Bigger baskets look better! The basket should also match the scale of your home.
Begonia Basket for Shade

Right Plant – Right Place

Most baskets are designed for a specific amount of sunlight. Pick your baskets to match your environment. Baskets with lots of shade lovers like coleus or fuchsias need less sun. Other types of flowers like petunias will thrive in the full sun.


Moss baskets tend to dry out the fastest, wood and plastic baskets hold the water a little longer. When watering, avoid getting the foliage wet. Wet foliage can cause mold, disease and pest infestations. Instead, put your watering wand as close to the soil as possible. Water the basket thoroughly. You should see water coming out the bottom of the basket in a steady stream. You can check whether your basket needs water by giving it a little lift. A heavy basket indicates lots of water, while a light basket will need a drink. Most baskets will need to be watered at least once a day depending on the weather and temperature.
Hanging Basket Food


Most baskets had fertilizer included in the soil when they started growing. By the time you purchase them, that fertilizer may already have been exhausted. Add a slow release Hanging Basket Food like our GardenPro 14-14-14 to your baskets as a long term food supply. This should give you blooms all season long, probably up to the first frosts. However, most annuals will stop blooming when they run out of food. The second thing you should do is to use a water soluble All Purpose 20-20-20 fertilizer and mix it into your watering can. Apply this on every third watering. You won’t believe the difference it makes!

Group of Hanging Baskets


Many annuals in your basket will look better if you ‘deadhead’. That is, removing the spent flowers. Some of these plants will also tend to stretch of get ‘leggy’. They can benefit from being cut back and then allowing them to rejuvenate and regrow. You may also find it beneficial to occasionally spin or re-orient your baskets so that all sides get the same amount of sunlight.

Hope these hanging basket tips help you enjoy your purchase even more! If you have any questions about your hanging baskets, please call or visit Arts Nursery and we would be happy to help!
For more information, check out our Manager Shelley's own blog for more tips on reviving hanging baskets during the hot summer months.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Gardening

Well now, this is a rather nice start to May!  My farmers tan is off to a stunning beginning, the evening smells like BBQ and Lilac tree (nicer that it sounds) and I can hear engine revving sounds coming from the weeds in my back garden.  May is a busy month, take time to enjoy the explosion of green…and pink…and blue…and purple and….

Purple Iris

Trees and Shrubs

You can plant new with success but most likely too late to to much moving.  With the wonderful heat and sun, you need to think about a watering program for your newer additions.  Now is a good time to add mulch around the base of your trees and shrubs to hold down weeds, keep in moisture, reduce competition and prevent weedwhacker damage.  You can also fertilize trees and shrubs as needed.

Garden beds, Perennials and Grasses ­

Scotts MulchTopdress with manure, compost, mulch to cut down on weeding, retain moisture and add to soil structure.  Remember, when you add mulch to garden beds, leave a bit of distance between it and smaller perennials and new shrubs.  As your mulch breaks down, it draws nitrogen from the soil to do so.

Add fertilizer with nitrogen to replace what your mulch uses to avoid stunting the growth of smaller shrubs and perennials.  If you have decorative perennial grasses…you can use a tablespoon or two of slow release lawn food depending on the size of the grass.  Remove spent flower heads of bulbs but leave the leaves to absorb nutrients for next years bloom.  Trim up heathers after they are finished blooming.

Towards mid month, or when the plants get to be about 8-10 inches in height pinch back Sedum and Chrysanthemums.  You will end up with a fuller, bushier plant and prevent flop.

Oh, yes…this is also the heady season of weed growth.  It seems like new ones pop up the minute you walk away from the garden.  Don’t be too caught up with perfection.  In the words of Dory of ‘Finding Nemo’…”Just keep swimming”…or weeding.


Fertilize, topdress, overseed.  Mulching your lawn clippings with reduce your need for water by about 75%.  When we get in to the long hot dry days of summer (and we will), a handy method of watering the lawn if you chose to do so is to use a rinsed out tuna can, place on the lawn and water until you have ½ to 1 inch of water in the can.

Cedar Hanging BasketAnnual, planters and Hanging Baskets

Now is the best selection of basket stuffers and annuals.  Time to plant up your pots.

If we do get some unseasonably cold or extremely soggy weather (I don’t want to think about it actually) , cover your annuals with a bit of remay/crop cover, you can purchase in rolls and reuse,  or bring up under the overhang of your house.

Otherwise, keep watered, deadhead as needed and enjoy.  Experiment.  Have fun with it.

Veggies and flowers from seedRadish Seeds

Lots of time still to plant seeds for flowers or vegetables.  Once the ground really begins to warm up you can think about planting your warm season seeds like beans and corn and sunflowers.  The hardier veggies and seeds you can direct sow.

Handy tip:  No family can eat and entire package worth of seeded radish, with quick growing veggies like radish, lettuce and even corn, think about successive plantings…like every two weeks.

That way you won’t have the radish glut of 2013.

House plants

Now is a great time to fertilize, divide and even repot many of your houseplants.  I have a couple here that are staring at me right now…accusingly.  With a suspicious eye kept on the weather, you can begin to move a few outsite…keeping an eye on night time lows and be prepared to move back inside or at least to a covered porch.

I could go on and on but that will keep you for a month…or so.  Enjoy, soak up some vitamin D, apply sunscreen, keep hydrated and go frolick outside J.

Cheers, Laurelle

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