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Our Front Porch Container Update

July 20, 2015

These three pictures of this year’s front porch containers were taken 1) when we planted, 2) about a month after planting and 3) three months after planting. You can click here to see how this year’s planters compare with previous years.

We planted a "Fireworks" Fountain Grass in the center, 2 each of three different Coleus and 3 yellow Creeping Jenny (click photo to enlarge)

In mid April we planted a “Fireworks” Fountain Grass in the center, 2 each of three different Coleus and 3 yellow Creeping Jenny (click photo to enlarge)

A little over a month after planting:  A single “Fireworks” Fountain Grass in the center, 2 each of three different Coleus and 3 yellow Creeping Jenny around the edges.  (click on photo to enlarge)

A little over a month after planting: A single “Fireworks” Fountain Grass in the center, 2 each of three different Coleus and 3 yellow Creeping Jenny around the edges. (click on photo to enlarge)

Three months after planting:  a single “Fireworks” Fountain Grass in the center, 2 each of three different Coleus and 3 yellow Creeping Jenny around the edges. (click on photo to enlarge)

Three months after planting: a single “Fireworks” Fountain Grass in the center, 2 each of three different Coleus and 3 yellow Creeping Jenny around the edges. (click on photo to enlarge)

Our secret is to use great soil. Miracle-Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix (click here to learn more) works well because moisture is supplied to the plants as they need it. This soil is less likely to pull away from the inside of the container when it dries between watering, which means your water does not bypass the soil to drain out of the bottom holes like you can experience with other potting soils. Rita and I are big believers in this soil! And before I forget, we start with fresh soil each time we plant. We learned this lesson one year when we took a short cut to save a little money by reusing our soil the second year. The containers were not as good that year. We now mix the old soil into our garden.

And our other secret is to not let our plants starve. We fed these containers with Osmocote Plant Food (click here to learn more) a few weeks after we planted. The Miracle-Gro plant food that came in the soil gets the new plants off to a great start. The Osmocote then takes over and provides continuous feeding throughout the summer.

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