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springtime front porch

Romaine LETTUCE on the deck. Leaf lettuces grow very quickly and in little space. If you succession plant, sowing seeds every week in a few different planters, you'll create a supply of greens that will be ready in a steady stream all summer. Greens like these are also good for sheltered decks or patios that don't get much sun, since lettuce doesn't like a lot of heat and will grow better during the summer in cool shade

hostas in a pot! It works and it works well....every spring they return...in the pot! Love the idea of putting other things with them! (geraniums here?) vk

Do this in the fall. Spring bulbs in Pots: store the potted bulbs in an unheated garage or storage room. You'll need to water every few weeks since the pots won't have access to rainfall. In addition to small pots, pack bulbs "shoulder-to-shoulder" in big containers for an abundant display in spring. Toss aside the spacing recommendations so you can get as many bulbs into the container that will fit.

Roses in a container with dwarf English Ivy and Red Ivy Geranium. So beautiful!

Red Geraniums, white lobelia, and greenery in old wash tubs....lightens my heart.

Place upside down in cardboard box or paper bag.....cover with newspaper and store in garage, inside wall. Do not let plants freeze. Leave them in box 'till Spring when you replant them in fresh new soil (miracle grow) works well. Plant will start growing new leaves within a week. Do not cut any stems away for at least 6 weeks, plant will double in size.

Take plant out of DRY soil.....only leave small amount of soil around root ball.

6 year old Geraniums ready to be boxed for Winter.......Nov. 30, 2011

DIY Home Gardening Tips For Growing Great Geraniums!

White snaps, 'Tidal Wave Silver' petunias, burgundy ivy geranium, purple verbena, crimson 'Ballet' geraniums, rose-red callibrachoa, and a walking iris in the middle.