Railing Planters – Going Over The Edge!

Railing planters take flowers to a whole new level by setting the planter right on the railing of your deck, patio, or porch. You can create a fence of flowers that surround your deck.

Riding the Rail
Make every inch of your deck beautiful by installing a deck railing planter. These planters create a floral fence that adds beauty to your deck. Planters that go on your railings will give you that garden look without containers taking up space on your deck.

These planters sit on your railing and have a molded planter bottom. These are usually in the form of plastic planters mainly due to the fact that these are more lightweight. Railing style planters can also resemble traditional window boxes and these can be attached to the back of a deck bench or other sturdy seating you may have.

For those of you that don’t have a porch or a patio you can still use a rail planter. If you live in an apartment, the planter can be attached to the rail of a balcony or window sill. Some railing style planters also double as porch planters that can be placed anywhere.

A railing planter is also easier to maintain than flower beds that are dug into the ground.

This means they can give your backyard the beauty of a garden with less work. In fact, you’d be surprised how much a flower planter on your rail will liven up your porch, patio, deck, or balcony.

Growing Vegetables in Containers and Planters is Fun and Easy

Growing vegetables in containers is easier than you might think. All you need is a sunny patio or deck, good rich potting soil, a few plastic planters, water, and a minute or two each day to check in on your plants. With only a little effort, before you know it you’ll have fresh, home grown vegetables to pick and enjoy.

Successful container gardening starts with top-quality soil, and growing vegetables in containers is no exception. Resist the temptation to fill your pots with dirt from your backyard and instead opt for the rich premixed potting soil that you purchase at your local garden center or home improvement store.

Potting soil especially formulated for containers and container vegetables is widely available, but simple potting mix can be purchase for under $2 or a 40 pound bag. Choose the best soil you can afford for the best results, preferably one with fertilizer already included.

The containers you choose for your vegetables depend on which varieties you intend to grow. Shallow, broad containers and window boxes are fine for leaf lettuce and herbs, but if you want tomatoes or peppers you will need a pot large enough to accommodate a substantial root system. The pot you select should also have at least one small hole in the bottom for good drainage, and should include a saucer to keep the container off the ground and to catch water run off.

Start by filling your pot with gravel or small stones about an inch or two deep, then mound potting soil mixed with a little compost or composted manure (you can buy this in bags at your local garden center) about halfway up the pot. If you are planting a tomato or pepper plant of considerable size, spread the roots over this mound, then fill in with potting mix until the container is about three-quarters full. Do not bury the stem of the plant.

If you want to grow vegetables from seed, wait until all danger of frost is past and daytime temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. You can start seeds indoors, but this is a bit trickier than just waiting to plant them in your container outdoors.

If you start your vegetable seedlings indoors, you must provide plenty of direct artificial light so they don’t become ‘leggy’ (i.e., long stems, few leaves), and you will have to ‘harden them off’ bit by bit when you first put them outside. Start with an hour or so per day and gradually increase the amount of time your seedlings spend outdoors until they are fine all day.

If you place tender indoor seedlings outside and leave them there on the first nice day, you risk losing them immediately to shock and you will have to start all over. A better idea is to just start the seedlings outdoors from the start by choosing vegetables that are easy to grow from seed. These include lettuce, chard, beans, spinach, herbs, and peas.

When you select peas or beans to grow in containers, look for compact bush varieties. If you do buy pole beans or peas that grow in vines, make sure you have plenty of trellis or fence nearby that they can grow on. Radishes, carrots, and onions can be grown in containers and are also easy to grow from seed, but you have to make sure your container is deep enough and large enough to accommodate them.

Tomatoes and peppers are more difficult to successfully start from seed. You will have much better success growing these popular vegetables in pots if you select bedding plants specially bred for patios, and if you buy the largest specimens you can find. Some other vegetables such as zucchini, winter squash, summer squash, and pumpkins take up so much space that they aren’t very practical to grow in containers.

However, if you have lots of space, don’t be afraid to try pumpkins! Choose a large container (like a barrel planter) and expect your pumpkin or squash vine to ramble out all over the place (as much as 12 to 20 feet). Squash and pumpkins are easy and fun to grow especially if you have children, but neither will fit comfortably on an apartment balcony.

Growing vegetables in containers requires vigilance when it comes to feeding and watering. Check your vegetables daily for water by poking a finger about an inch into the soil. It should be evenly moist but not waterlogged or bone dry. Feed your container vegetables regularly with a fertilizer designed especially for that purpose. Miracle Grow and Fertilome both make good plant foods designed especially for container vegetable gardens.

Bugs are not usually a problem when growing vegetables in containers, but should you see a few, don’t overreact. Aphids can be sprayed off with a hose. Caterpillars can be picked off by hand and squashed. If you have a problem that seems to warrant a stronger response, mix a little soapy dishwater into a watering can or spray bottle and apply to the affected areas. Warm soapy water will kill most bugs and is harmless to humans.

Finally, make sure your container vegetables get plenty of sun and ventilation. Most vegetables need at least four to six hours of direct afternoon sunlight to thrive. Keep your pots well spaced to provide good air flow and prevent disease and pest problems.

You can find lots of great information about growing vegetables in containers online as well as plant and seed suppliers that will deliver everything you need right to your front door.

If you like the idea of growing your own vegetables but never thought you had the room to try it, consider giving container gardening a try.

You may be surprised at how much you can accomplish is a small space.

Modern Outdoor Planters – For The Contemporary Garden

Modern outdoor planters are the perfect way to add a stylish and decorative finishing touch to your patio or garden. Modern style outdoor planters come in many shapes and sizes and are suitable for all weather outdoor use.

Choosing Your Planters

If you are thinking of buying large modern planters for your outdoor space then you will want to ask your local planter outlet or the online store you are buying from about shipping and delivery options. Many large outdoor planters can be very heavy and difficult to transport but an increasing number of outlets do now offer free shipping.

If you are thinking of choosing modern patio planters you might like to consider a circular, gleaming steel planter which is compact and relatively low to the ground. These look fantastic filled with white stones and planted with a tall shrub. A row of these silver toned modern style outdoor planters would look especially good along an exterior wall.

Plastic planters are also a good choice for outside areas, and are available in a wide range of colors and finishes. As plastic planters are relatively inexpensive, these are an excellent way to create an up to date style on a budget.

For a large garden, why not try the current trend of installing large, low planters such as a fiberglass flower bowl style planter. They are available in a dazzling array of colors and will add a decorative hint to the outdoor area without distracting from the overall look or profile of the garden. Try filling a very large one either with seasonal flowers and trailing plants or with a selection of stones and cacti for an ultra modern look.

Outdoor Planters With Free Shipping – The Smart Way To Buy

Outdoor planters with free shipping is ideally one of the main things you should be looking for in your outdoor planter retailer. Many large planters and planter stands weigh quite a considerable amount, and often require specialist lifting equipment to be moved from the store to your home. It is worth asking if your local store or online retailer offers free shipping and discussing any logistics of planter delivery before making your purchase.

Buy Online For Free Shipping

For the best place to shop for free shipping is online. Most online stores offer great deals and free shipping when buying large plastic planters, or outdoor planter stands. Planter stands are a great if you have large heavy planters that need to be moved around occasionally. Online stores also provide you with the widest range of choice on all types of planters and best of all you can shop from the comfort of your own home.

Adding planters to your garden is a simple and effective way to make the most of your outside space. A large planter or shaped container, for example, can be filled with a variety of flowers and plants and is the perfect way to add plant color to a drab backyard. If you are looking for a modern planter, an online store can provide you with the best choice. You can also choose from a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. Best of all, with the touch of a button your chosen planters will be on their way to your home.

Whether it’s plastic planters, ceramic or terra cotta planters, shopping at an online store really does give you the best choice, the best price, and the best shipping offers.