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Container Planting for the Poor Man's Patio

A photo of Nebraska DaveFinally the containers for Poor Man's Patio are planted. The final count for containers to be watered is 24. Up from last year's 10. That watering issue will be bigger this year. There are too many containers to water for just one leg of drip system so I will have to either have two legs or figure out something different. I came up with my own special mix for potting.  It was equal parts of vermiculite, Miracle Gro potting soil, and Omagro compost (composted yard waste sold to the public and landscappers). It should be the best ever. I might have over planted just a little, but when container planting it's always good to over plant some.

Mixing Potting Soil

My makeshift potting table is nothing more than just a couple old rickety saw horses and my loading planks for the truck. The whole process of planting the patio took about 2 hours. Then it was off to the Goodrich store (ice cream store) for a giant butterscotch malt for supper. I planted the pole beans in the two pots and hope that they will do well. The Morning Glory soaked over night and will be planted today or tomorrow. I hope they do better outside than in the sprouter. I just haven't gotten the hang of using the sprouter yet.

Filling Containers

I got day lilies from my friend, Carol, this week when I brought over the ladder so she could clean out her gutters. I wanted to plant the day lilies interspersed with the Daffodil and Tulips that are now dying back.  I've discovered that day lilies are not bulbs but are called fans and are a clumping plant. The day lilies are not going to work out like I wanted. I think the hostas will be just fine, and the area will be covered with mulch. I didn't know that day lilies were clumping and got so big. That height will block the small hostas in front of the foundation bushes. So Day Lilies go somewhere else for sure. It's been a learning process for me on how to plant flower beds.

Poor Mans Living Patio

Well, here is the Poor Man's Living Patio for this year. It looks a little different than last year.  It has Dusty Miller, Begonias, Impatiens, Vinca, Wave Petunia, and in the trellis pots pole beans, Morning Glory, and the new addition to the patio is the trellis.  I hope it turns out like the picture in my mind.  Once I got the potting mix made it was not too long to get everything potted up.

Well, that's what's been happening around the Urban Ranch this week.  I'm getting a little tired from all the mixing and potting so I'm going to sit back and enjoy my cup of Joe while taking in the view.  See you next time and leave a comment and tell me what you been planting.