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CBJ's Lure 3.2018

Container 101 Gardening


Brighten up small spaces with a splash of color ANGELONIA ARCHANGEL CHERRY RED Container gardening is perfect for aspiring green thumbs, including apartment and condo-dwellers who don't have space for a garden. A sunny deck, balcony, porch or patio offers enough room for planters that can be filled with flowers, herbs and even vegetables or small fruiting plants. Start with a goal. Do you want to grow some of your own food or is it for aesthetics only? Even fruits and vegetables offer their own form of beauty, such as the foliage of sweet potatoes and the blossoms of strawberries. One easy introduction to container gardening is to plant herbs that look attractive and can be regularly harvested during the growing season, right outside your door. Containers should be large enough to accommodate the growth and root systems of the plants. Even perennials – plants that come back each year – can be grown in containers, but Iowans need to move those into a protected space during winter and they should eventually be planted in the ground before they become root-bound in the planter. Seed packets often offer guidelines on the height of the plants, along with tips, such as planting depth, seed spacing and sunlight requirements. If you choose to start with seedlings or starter plants purchased at garden centers or plant sales, oftentimes, the tag will include that information or an experienced gardener will offer advice. > HOME JOIN US! Become a CBJ VIP Member Today! MEMBER BENEFITS: PRINT CBJ Weekly Print Edition CBJ’s Lure, Corridor Native, Workforce Leaders and NewsMakers DIGITAL CBJ Weekly Digital Edition 5- Digital Associate Memberships CBJ EVENTS 5 - FREE tickets to CBJ Events VIP seating at all CBJ Events AND MORE 10 - FREE Premium Movers & Shakers 15 - FREE PDF’s of CBJ Stories 20 - FREE CBJ Lists IF PURCHASED SEPARATELY A $2219.70 VALUE. Join Today! ONLY $ 99.95 Become a Member Or call Jean at 319-665-6397 ext. 302 LIFE HEALTH TrueNorth offers real solutions that are designed with you in mind. Don’t leave your priorities to chance. At TrueNorth, we specialize in developing plans that help you manage your personal risks to meet your unique insurance needs. LURE SPRING 2018 17