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Container Gardening: Choosing the Perfect Container

Updated on February 19, 2017
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One of my granddaughters who had just picked a tiny flower from the planter behind her. She is so focused on that tiny flower, her eyes are crossed, and seeing her reaction makes me smile. Her sister had just cut off all of her lovely curls!!!
One of my granddaughters who had just picked a tiny flower from the planter behind her. She is so focused on that tiny flower, her eyes are crossed, and seeing her reaction makes me smile. Her sister had just cut off all of her lovely curls!!! | Source


Spring is right around the corner and before you begin all of that planting, you must have the proper containers in which do to your planting! There are so many choices out there for containers that it can be a bit overwhelming. However, if you start with a quality pot with a look you really love, then you cannot go wrong no matter what you plant in it.

Good quality, well-cared-for-pots will be with you for the long haul.

Personally, I love using a variety of containers of different finishes and materials, shapes and sizes. Doing so, adds much more interest, I believe.


Cement Container

Concrete container
Concrete container | Source

Many Options

In determining a container, there are many options one must take into consideration which will affect which container will work best for you, such as the price, the look and the function. It is a combination of all three of these options that you must take into consideration for your specific needs.

Terra Cotta Container

Terra Cotta container
Terra Cotta container | Source

Finishes and Materials

Once you have determined where you would like to place your container, it is very important to consider the finishes and materials of your container before planting.

There are many finishes and materials from which to choose. The following may be helpful in your decision as to the finishes and materials of your containers the next time you use containers for gardening.


Concrete Container

Black concrete container embossed with grapes and filled with Snap Dragons.
Black concrete container embossed with grapes and filled with Snap Dragons. | Source


PROS: Sturdy, heavy, won’t topple.

CONS: Difficult to lift; limited colors and finishes.


Concrete

Here, I found two of these black painted concrete embossed planters at a yard sale for $7.00 each. That is a very good deal, believe me! It took two very strong men, who were well over six feet tall to lift each one into the trunk of my car.

Once you decide on a place for concrete planters, you better make it a permanent decision, as these are not easily moved! Unfortunately, we had a winter storm here in the deep south a couple of weeks ago, where snow and ice covered the ground for three days, so my beautiful, purple cabbage flowers and some pansies did not survive. We were not expecting the snow and ice to be in our area and stay for that long. The weather man was wrong!

Anyway, I love these concrete planters, especially in black as they are classic and traditional. Just my style!

The other one on the other side of my brick wall driveway is about covered in ivy and one can barely see the container, which I need to remedy.

Fiberglass Container (This One Has about Served its Purpose over the Years!)

Black fiberglass container.  I love the color, style and shape of this particular container.
Black fiberglass container. I love the color, style and shape of this particular container. | Source


PROS: Lightweight, affordable, freeze-resistant.

CONS: More prone to toppling in the wind due to light weight.


Fiberglass / Plastic

In the photo above, I have a lovely fiberglass container that I normally fill with a Bougainvillea plant during the summer. This poor planter has been through the wringer after many storms. I love the shape and style of this container, so classic. Plus, I love the black color; also classic and traditional.

I placed it on this square column on my driveway brick wall. It is the perfect spot to place a lovely container. However, the strong wind we get coming from around the back of the pastures behind my house that whip around to the front of my house have toppled this container on several occasions. The last time the container toppled onto the ground, it was broken and cracked. I am so disappointed but I can easily replace it. However, such is to be expected with these lightweight containers, as the wind will topple them and they are apt to crack and break apart, just as this one did here. See photo below.

These Containers Can Topple and Easily Be Broken

Broken Fiberglass Container.
Broken Fiberglass Container. | Source

Different Style of Plastic Container

Also seen in the photo below, I have placed a plastic container near my front door. It is lightweight and durable, which I love, as it is easy to move about. It is more out of the way from the wind and such; however, this type of container is very durable and I believe it would not break or crack as the container above did if it were to topple over.

Another Style of Plastic Container

Plastic container near my front door.
Plastic container near my front door. | Source

Wood Container

Wood container near the graves of two of my pets.
Wood container near the graves of two of my pets. | Source


PROS: Organic look; relatively lightweight.

CONS: Eventually might rot; might need refinishing.


Wood

I have placed this particular wood planter in one corner of my back yard where two of my beloved pets are buried, Cookie and Kitty. Cookie was a Jack Russell Terrier and was killed last year. Kitty was a gray-striped cat we had for over 17 years. She had a good life. She did not want to make the move to the small town / country life though.

I have placed this planter near the two stone markers that mark their graves. The wood bottom could easily start to rot from moisture from the ground after it rains. I will need to place a flat piece of stone or concrete underneath the wood planter to prevent future decay.

Terra-Cotta Container

Terra-Cotta container with Angel Vine planted in it.
Terra-Cotta container with Angel Vine planted in it. | Source


PROS: Classic look, inexpensive.

CONS: Gets mineral deposits; inexpensive terra-cotta usually not freeze-resistant.


Terra-Cotta

In this simple terra-cotta planter or clay pot, I placed Angel Vine, which is so sweet to me, and I placed a red wire heart in it to wrap the vines around as they grow, such as a topiary.

I just placed a saucer underneath it to grab the water, so as to not damage the distressed sideboard. Although the sideboard is distressed, I do not want it to have water damage.

It is not recommended to place clay pots outside as they may crack during freezing weather. However, I made a birdbath out of clay pots, and during the deep freeze a couple of weeks ago, it has not one crack in it! What may have saved the clay pot birdbath is that it is covered in Mosaic tiles and painted, or either the clay pots may have not been the very inexpensive kind that will surely crack during a freeze.

Glazed-Clay Container

Glazed-clay pot with Blue Hyacinth.
Glazed-clay pot with Blue Hyacinth. | Source


PROS: Heavy, won’t topple easily; no mineral stains.

CONS: Heavy to lift; relatively expensive.


Glazed-Clay

This glazed ceramic container is heavy and will not topple over, which is great. However, if you happen to drop it, it will crack into pieces. These do not come with drain holes, so I just added one of those plastic drainers to help with the drainage. I planted Blue Hyacinth in this container, which are so beautiful and very fragrant to place on a table on my deck.

Tips for the Perfect Planted Pot

For the perfect planted pot, it must have the following:

  • Quality soil
  • Good drainage
  • Not too heavy
  • Placed on a good surface

If you follow the following tips, you cannot go wrong with the care of your gardening containers.

Using Quality Soil


Loose, peat-based potting soil is the standard for containers---it is light and well-aerated, and it drains perfectly. Never use garden soil or old potting soil. (Amending garden beds with used potting soil is a great way to get rid of it.)


Allowing Drainage

An outdoor planter must have a drain hole. If not, create one with an appropriate drill bit. A filter pad at the bottom of the pot will keep soil from escaping.

Have you ever heard of pot feet? Yes, they are feet of clay to place under your pot that is placed on a wood surface such as a deck. The clay feet help to keep wood surfaces drier and reduce rot. In addition to being functional, they are decorative!


Protecting the Surface

A saucer will catch drain water where you need surfaces to stay dry. Pot feet are an alternative that allows you easily clean under planters.


Packing Pearls

Placing Packing Pearls in the bottom of a pot is an easy-to-use filler that reduces weight.

Reducing Weight

Use a lightweight filler in the bottoms of large pots to reduce the amount of potting soil you need to buy, and to lower the weight of planted containers. A layer of landscape fabric keeps soil separate from the filler below.


You Can See What the Packing Pearls Look Like in This Video



Well, it is time to get out there and start filling up those perfectly chosen containers with beautiful flowers and plants. Vegetables are great too. Enjoy! It is almost Spring!


© Copyright Faith Reaper, February 27, 2014


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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And then, of course, you have the woven baskets and rubber boots and toilet that we use. LOL Great introduction to spring, Faith. We can only hope that it gets here quickly.

      Blessings always my friend

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      LOL, yes, dear Bill, that works as well!!! You are very creative indeed in your choice of planters! Yes, I am so ready, as one can obviously see here.

      Blessings to you and yours always,

      Faith Reaper

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Oh, I was just reading another article on this in one of my gardening magazines and loved it. Great article! This sounds a whole lot easier than the magazine was making it out to be. I would really like to give this a shot. I can't wait until Spring comes around for real here in AZ. :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Victoria, Me too! I can hardly wait for Spring! One can get a jump start on choosing the best containers for your needs, unless you already have some good quality containers. I think after this week, we should be warming up fast here in the deep south. I do not know about whether or not there are certain types of containers you need for the dry air out there where you live, but I am sure you know what to expect and which containers will work best for your environment. Thank you for reading. I do hope this article was helpful. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Hey, is a wonder I didn't miss you, publishing so late. Well Nell does it and it works for her, course she is a few hours different. Ahead I think. This looks great and I can see that beautiful morning sunshine, isn't it just so different? Love the Hyacinths; they are a favorite of mine. I fill all the bottom of my pots with styrofoam (that comes in about everything you buy) so they can drain good but I don't have to put so much soil in those big deep pots, seems all I do is buy dirt! If I want to use a really big pot sometimes I put plain ground soil in first which is so inexpensive and then still plenty of the good soil all the way up on that. Been doing it so many years I have learned to save money! I use to use styrofoam egg cartons but have to save those now!

      Love your vine container; I have some real cute ones I picked up at yard sales last year and can't wait to use them!

      Just love your plants, you did a terrific job! ^+

      (Oh weigh down light pots with rocks or whatever to keep them from toppling over.)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Thank you so much. Yes, the morning sun was so lovely early this morning! I wanted to published earlier in the afternoon, but it just did not happen, but I am going to start publishing at different times of the day just to see what happens. I know it is so late this evening for sure, and I am so glad you caught it before getting off the computer for the night!

      I know you are an expert gardener from some of your photos I have seen in your hubs. You have some really great ideas here you have shared too. Yes, you better keep those egg cartons for your babies (chicks)! I just saw something about my former pastor's wife here in our little town raising chickens too and her chicks are putting out the eggs too at a good rate, just like yours. She is selling her eggs as there are so many.

      Yes, with those very large containers, one does not want to use that expensive soil to fill the entire container no doubt, as that is just too expensive, plus too heavy, so these packing pearl fillers are great, but I love your Styrofoam idea too for filler.

      The more money you save, the more planting you can do! I have never had the Hyacinths before, but I just think they are stunning and so fragrant! I just love them. I believe I am going to have to transplant them into a bit larger container so they have room to breathe a bit.

      Oh, yes, I love the Angel Vine too. It just seems so sweet with its tiny leaves. I am going to try my hand at making topiaries too, as I have so much ivy out front on that brick wall driveway leading up to my front porch. It just does not stop growing lol. I thought, well, I have tons of it free right there in my yard, and I could use it to make a variety of topiaries and just see how that goes.

      I know you are ready for Spring and I think after this week, maybe things will be warming up a lot more around here and up there too where you are, hopefully. I know we are wishing our lives away in wanting Spring to hurry up and get here. I always want to plant a lot of bushes that attract butterflies for my grandchildren to enjoy too.

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Faith, I'm on my break and working the night shift, so I just managed to catch this beautiful promise of Spring. I like to use terra cotta pots, when they break I use them at the bottom of the other pots to help with drainage, but I do use a range of different pot. Great hub, lots of useful information and beautifully done as always. Your little helper is as pretty as a picture. :)

      Take care and my best to you.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jo (tobusiness), oh, dear friend, thank you for taking time out on your break to read here! Night shifts are rough. My husband used to work it too. Yes, I am so ready for Spring and was thinking about getting all the containers ready for planting. I love the terra cotta pots too but have never thought of using the broken ones to help with drainage. What a great idea! Thank you for the kind comments. That is an older photo of my little helper after her older sister cut all of her hair off. It is just now starting to grow back out. I was in shock when all of her beautiful head of long curls were all gone in an instance, but thankfully our hair grows back! Lol

      Hugs and do not work too hard,

      Faith Reaper

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      I like the amount of time you put into creating this hub.. it serves as a how to and activities plus craft.. I'm not a gardener, but from time to time I plant.. it's good to know this hub can be kept as the ace up the sleeve.. thank you Faith ...:)

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I loved your hub. I'm a keep gardener and landscaper when I make the time to do so. I also grow bonsai and our herbs and salad plants are mostly in containers since we live against a mountain. your tip: Use a lightweight filler in the bottoms of large pots I will take at heart. So far Ive always used pebbles, heavy!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You obviously have a beautiful garden, lovingly tended. I use terra-cotta pots, large plastic green ones when I want them to blend in and then I have my Belfast Sink (a large old-fashioned rectangular sink people had in their 'pantries'), in which I grow a large cotoneaster type plant along with some small bulbs each year. Other pots hold my herbs. I have 2 small borders and no grass!

      This is a timely hub for me as I'm just thinking about re-arranging my pots and seeding many of them, so thank you for giving me a boost!

      Beautiful hub, oozing love and tlc. Have a great day, Faith. Ann

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An excellent idea container gardening is such a pleasure to work with. I have a few containers. Your ideas are always helpful.Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Frank,

      Thank you so much for reading. I am glad to know you plant from time-to-time! Well, nowadays, they make it very easy for one to just pick up a planted plant for one's home or office or even flowers already planted as a mix, so that one can just set it down and go!

      I love getting my hands dirty and planting, as it is relaxing and plus then seeing the beauty of the flowers or plants growing from one's efforts.

      Here, I was mainly concentrating on the container aspect of gardening using containers and making sure that all understand the importance of using a quality container, as those will stand the test of time, especially for outdoor use.

      Haha ... I like that ... an ace up your sleeve!

      Have a great weekend dear Frank,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Nadine,

      Wow, you are a true expert being a landscaper and all! I am glad my tip about using lightweight filler was helpful to you, for it surely makes a big difference when having to move containers around. Oh, my husband loves bonsai trees, so I need to get some of those to plant, as they are so sculptural and unique. Herbs are always great to plant in containers and one can plant them anywhere, even on a windowsill.

      How interesting that you live against a mountain and containers are what is best for you to use when gardening. I would imagine you would need sturdy container that can withstand the extreme weather conditions. Oh, yes, pebbles are so heavy to add to a container and add much weight for sure! However, I do love adding pebbles to the containers of cacti on top, surrounding the cacti, as it seems to lend itself to that particular plant in the container for some reason.

      I appreciate your great comments and glad you love this hub.

      Have a great weekend ahead,

      Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      What a wonderful preview of spring! Not only do you have the helpful pros and cons, but those phase are gorgeous, and your grand baby is a cutiepie. Voted up and more, plus sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Ann,

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comments here! Well, my garden is not much to speak of at the moment with the cold weather up and down here, but hopefully it will warm up and I can get out there and get the garden full of life once again! I am just trying to focus mainly on choosing the best containers here to get the container gardening going.

      Oh, wow, how interesting is your Belfast Sink! I would love to see that ... I bet it is so unique and adds much beauty, especially with the addition of the large cotoneaster type plant! Herbs are so great to have on hand and easy to grow just about anywhere.

      Sounds like you are good to go and have much knowledge on container gardening, knowing exactly what you want and what is best for your needs.

      I appreciate your kind and most generous comments here. You're the best!

      Happy gardening and have a wonderful weekend ahead,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Devika,

      I am so glad my tips are helpful. I am also glad to know you enjoy container gardening. It is a lot of fun in choosing the different and best kind of containers for one's needs, but mostly choosing what one loves and then adding those special plants to bring added beauty. One can be as creative as one wants when it comes to choosing a container, but it is important to take into consideration the plants that will be going into such a container and ensuring it is a good quality container that will hold up through the years.

      I appreciate you reading and the vote up and more.

      Happy gardening and enjoy your weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Flourish,

      Thank you so much for leaving such kind and generous comments here as to this little hub on container gardening. Yes, I am so ready for spring! Oh, yes, I love the phase too, especially!

      Oh, thank you, and, yes, she is a cutiepie and that photo just makes me smile because of the expression on her face and her eyes crossed, looking intently at that tiny flower top she had picked and getting so much joy from it. LOL When I first saw the photo, I thought what is she doing with her eyes, then I saw the tiny flower she had in her hand she was looking at and her reaction.

      I appreciate the vote up and more and share!

      Have a great weekend ahead,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Flourish, as relates to my granddaughter, her older sister had just cut off all of her beautiful long curls, almost to the point of her being bald! It had grown out here just a bit, but I was so shocked the first time I saw her without those lovely curls. She looked like a whole different little person. Thankfully, hair grows back! LOL Her expression her makes me smile, especially seeing her eyes crossed looking so intently at that tiny flower she picked and then her reaction to it. It is so funny at how much joy something as tiny as that brings. When my grands are up, I always get a new perspective on life and love seeing the world through their eyes.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I loved reading this hub. With another 5 or so inches of snow in the forecast for this weekend I am so itching to get outside and start digging in the dirt! I use a variety of containers for my planters but my favorite are terra cotta. I just like the look.

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      kerlund74 3 years ago from Sweden

      A great hub, that reminds me it is time to start sawing my seeds. I prefer the terra cotta container because I like the look of it:)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great pictures and suggestions, and of course, a beautiful granddaughter. Thank you for showing us some of the beautiful gardening opportunities which come with spring.

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Perfect information as we all look forward to Spring.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Faith, your planters are beautiful. I can almost smell the hyacinth! I have 2 planters that look much like your black one. I have them on either side of the front of a decorative canopy just outside my bedroom door. They're on the ground and have so far survived heavy winds, even though they are made of the same material as yours. My canopy is another story - tree limbs are causing rips in the fabric. So sad!

      Container gardens are great accents for outdoor living spaces, which is where I have mine. They make the space homey, much as artwork on the interior of a home.

      I love this niche you've claimed. You're doing a great job!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      FaithReaper - love some of these ideas. Spring has almost sprung and I am so looking forward to potting up the little box trees I have been nurturing for sometime - just as soon as I can find exactly the right containers for them.

      My hyacinths are beginning to pop their little heads through the soil and in my mind I can smell their lovely perfume already.

      Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas with us. Voted up.

      Sally

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      What a lovely picture of your granddaughter at the top with a very springy dress :-) She seems to welcome Spring with a big smile :-)))) You must live where the weather is way warmer than where I live! Today it was - 4 Fahrenheit and very windy (that makes it feel even colder) and of course we still have snow on the ground!

      I can't wait to see the crocus, the hyacinths and tulips blooming in my backyard; when I will see them for sure Spring will be there!

      I love the different containers you suggest; the wooden one is quite special by its shape and the meaning. The glazed-clay pot with hyacinths is beautiful!

      I remember that once I left to clay containers in my backyard in the fall.... big mistake... with water, then snow transforming into ice... they just broke into pieces. So I make a point of getting all those things in the garage for the winter now!

      Enjoy your weekend, the beautiful weather and your garden, Faith!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deborah,

      So glad you enjoyed reading this hub. Wow, that is a lot of snow. It is going to be 74 here tomorrow and beautiful! So, thankful! However, we did have that freak winter storm a couple of weeks ago and temperatures were in the single digits with snow and ice on the ground for three days, which is highly unusual for the deep south where I live.

      Yes, terra-cotta containers are wonderful and look great!

      Have a great weekend snowed in : ( but I bet is it beautiful. Stay warm and it may be a great time to get a good bit of writing done?

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi kerlund,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read. I am glad you like my hub. Yes, terra-cotta is a beautiful pot and seems to be very popular. Yes, time to start sowing those seeds!

      Have great weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello MsDora,

      I appreciate you stopping by to read here and for leaving kind comments. I love looking at the world through all of my grandchildren's eyes, as everything is so new and exciting to them.

      Yes, it is important to consider the best container to meet your needs when using containers for gardening. Spring is almost here, so time to think about what containers you want to use for planting this year.

      Have a great weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Dear mckbirdbks,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read. I appreciate the kind comment and hope you have a lovely weekend.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Sha,

      Wow, thank you so much for all of the great comments, which add much to the topic of this hub! You know, this is the first time I have had hyacinth and it is such a beautiful and unusual plant with an awesome fragrance. I love them! I need to get them out of the container and plant more in a bed. Oops, changing the topic to another kind of gardening.

      That is so interesting about you having the same type of container, but it has not toppled over yet. I love the style of the container too. Now, I am wondering if it has fallen so many times because I placed it on that stoop/top of the brick wall? However, I did at one point place a half of a brick in the bottom of the container lol, and it still toppled over? I guess I need to place a cement planter on that brick wall. We do get strong winds in the summer here with the violent summer storms. The next one I buy like that container, I may just keep it low to the ground and see how it does then. I am sorry about your canopy. A canopy sounds so lovely. I can just picture it.

      You have made such good points here about the containers being art for outdoors! I love that and it is so true for sure. They do make one's home homey feeling when one drives up to it and while being outdoors.

      I appreciate you sharing all about your containers and such and your encouraging words as to my hub.

      Have a lovely weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Sally,

      I appreciate you stopping by to read. Oh, your little box trees sound so lovely and interesting. I hope you find the perfect container for them, especially being you have been nurturing them for so long now.

      I need to plant Hyacinth in a bed, but I just popped these here in that container as to add a bit of drama, being this hub is focusing more on the containers, I did not want to just place and empty container without something wonderful in it. Of course, they take one's eyes away from the container.

      Thank you for the kind comments and the vote up.

      Have a great weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Joelle,

      Yes, I live in the deep south and tomorrow it is supposed to be 74 and beautiful, so I am so happy and looking forward to enjoying a beautiful weekend for sure. Wow, now, you do live in the coldest of the cold areas being it is 4 degrees!!! My goodness, however, just a couple of weeks ago, as I have mentioned here, we had a terrible winter storm of snow and ice which stayed on the ground for three days, and that is just unheard of here. The temperature was in the single digits too. Everything just about shuts down here, as we are not prepared for such extreme weather.

      Thank you for the sweet comment about my granddaughter. Well, that photo is not a recent one, but about a couple of months ago right before the cooler weather set in. We have such flip flop weather here. We can where shorts on Christmas Day sometimes, and then the very next day it can drop to freezing.

      Sounds like you have much to look forward to blooming in your garden!

      You are smart to protect your pots from the severe weather during winter, so that they will be sure to last and be useful for years to come.

      Yes, the wooden one is special to me, and here I just happened to see those flowers somewhere and picked them up to pop in here, being the snow and ice from our winter storm, my cabbage plants and pansies, unfortunately did not survive, as we were not expecting the severe weather to reach our area, but it surely did!

      I do hope you enjoy your weekend and stay warm! I appreciate you and all of your kind comments as always.

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Not only is this hub very useful and interesting, but its photos are beautiful, too! I love the photo of your granddaughter, Faith. What a great smile and what a great way to start the article ! I'll share this lovely hub.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Congrats on making the top ten in the challenge, Faith Reaper! I did too!! This is a beautiful and instructive hub you have here. Your granddaughter is beautiful. Voted up and useful.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much dear Alicia for the kind comments and share! I am so glad you liked the photos and found the hub useful and interesting.

      Yes, she just made me smile with those eyes crossed so intently looking at that tiny flower lol. I really had a hard time getting used to her without all of her lovely curls that her sister cut off! But they will grow back. She truly loves flowers and insisted on putting on that dress that day.

      Have a lovely weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What Jan!! You are kidding me LOL. I had no clue. Where does one find out that information? Thank you for letting me know and a big congrats to you too dear Jan. I am shocked. Top Ten, wow ....

      Oh, thank you so much for the kind comments as to this hub and my granddaughter. I appreciate the vote up and more.

      I am so thankful to you for sharing the surprising news for me, but I am not in the least bit surprised that you are in the top ten!!!

      Hugs and blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      It's on the blog post. You'll find it to theright of your feed under HOTD.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, okay, LOL. I am clueless. Thank you so much again dear Jan, and congrats again!

      Hugs

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Congratulations Faith on making the top 10! I had to chuckle because you didn't know about this. Cute. Well, after reading this beautiful and awesome hub on container gardening, I'm not surprised. Your photos are stunning and the information and advice is helpful and motivating. I can't wait until spring arrives. Votes up and across and sharing. Hugs - Audrey

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Faith Reaper

      Congrats on this Hub making the top 10 - richly deserved, and like you, I did not know my one of my own had done the same. That really is funny.

      Best wishes

      Dally

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great hub, Faith. I love using all types of vessels to hold whatever lovely will adorn the yard. You have shared a variety of ways that will perk up any porch or yard. Thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way ps

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Audrey,

      Yes, LOL, I had no clue until janshares told me, who also had no clue about one of her hubs in the top 10 too until another person told her. Now, that I know where to look, I will check the list each day to congratulate those who were in the top 10 for that day. I was under the impression that only the hubs that were published on Monday would be the chosen for the top 10, but I am glad to find out they are choosing 10 each day!

      I appreciate you reading and your kind comments here as to container gardening. Yes, I just love Spring and anxiously awaiting it! Today is beautiful here with the temperature going up to 74, which is just like a spring day!

      I appreciate the vote up and more and sharing.

      Hug,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much Sally and congrats to you too for your wonderfully creative hub in the top 10 for yesterday as well!

      It is so funny that many do not realize their hub was chosen as top ten for one of the days for this week. I am glad they are choosing 10 each day, as I thought it was just the hubs published on Monday. LOL

      So, I am pretty clueless, but learning more each day.

      Enjoy your day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi there dear friend, PS,

      Always lovely when you are able to stop by to read! Thank you so much for the kind comments here. Being this hub is solely about the containers, it was hard for me to just take a picture of a plain container, so I added the flowers. Today will be up to 74 degrees here, so I surely want to get out and enjoy this day!

      Angels and hugs your way too,

      Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I'm back to say congratulations on that Top 10 HubPot designation! Looks like even though we didn't win we'll have an entire month to try again. Nice work, Faith Reaper!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Flourish, thank you so much and congrats to you too for your great hub in the top 10 for yesterday too! I am humbled that mine was in the top ten. It is good that the winner from the top 10 is chosen randomly too, as it would be hard choosing the best out of the top 10 for sure, so I am glad the final winner is randomly chosen.

      Yes, that is great it will continue on for another month. Yes, try again we shall!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oops, Sally, I meant to say Day 3 on your great hub top 10 placement!

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Superb hub about gardening in containers. During the nineties I were obliged to create a garden in containers on the balcony of my apartment - what a challenge! Congrats for being in the top 10, Faith :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Martie,

      Thank you so much for reading and leaving wonderful comments. Oh, yes, container gardening is perfect for those who live in apartments, especially. I have always loved balconies. Back when we lived in Texas where my daughter was born when my husband was in the Air Force, we had a balcony and I did not have a clue as to the proper plants to place on my balcony at the time or proper container, as the heat out there is so very hot, but dry heat. I tried ferns, but they just did not last at all with that extreme heat, but then I did not realize one must water container plants everyday! LOL

      Oh, thank you so much for the congrats. I am so surprised it was this hub, as I thought they were just choosing from hubs published on Monday, so when someone told me I was in the top 10, I was thinking of the hub I published on Monday, as I did not realize they were picking 10 everyday.

      Have a lovey weekend dear lady,

      Faith Reaper

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      This got me to thinking about the kind of containers I use. The two that have served me best have been plastic five gallon tree buckets. They don't dry out quickly and have been home to my rosemary and thyme for nearly 8 years. Thanks for getting my gardening juices flowing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello tirelesstravler,

      Wow, your containers sound like they have provided longevity and served their purpose over the years, just what this hub is about ...finding the perfect container to serve your needs, and you have done so! Growing herbs is great. I love rosemary and thyme, especially.

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read and I appreciate your comments which add much to the topic of this hub.

      Yes, Spring is about upon us!

      Have a lovely day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub about selecting the right container for planting. I think the plastic ones are great and light weight but the porcelain looks so beautiful. Love all the photos, the flowers look so beautiful. Great hub, voted up.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Faith you have my heart yearning for spring and my hands itching to plant!

      Container gardening is certainly becoming more popular because it cuts down on weeding and can be put anywhere. You've covered the subject well and provided a really nice variety of pictures. The packing pearls sound interesting too.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Have a good one.

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      georgescifo 3 years ago from India

      container gardening is one of the best option for those living in urban areas and who do not have enough lawn space. I also prefer doing container gardening due to the lack of space..but still enjoying it..

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      Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

      Faith,

      What a beautiful granddaughter! Is her sister a grown-up hairdresser or a little amateur? When my now adult daughters were toddlers, they proudly announced to me after I returned home from work, "Mom, we cut our hair!" One side of each head was nearly bald. They wore ponytails swooped to the sides for six months.

      I just love these garden hubs from the compost to the harvest! I love growing things. It is like painting masterpieces all over the place. I plan to plant about 200 magnolia seeds. I have already skinned and placed them in a zip-lock sandwich bag in my refrigerator. I will plant them very soon and give away 99% of them when they become "toddlers." I am not sure of how I will accomplish this, but I love dreaming about it. 200 magnolia trees! I am not dreaming, I am having a nightmare!

      I went to an antique store’s out-of-business sale and bought a cast-iron teakettle that I will use as a container for a plain inside planter. I am also using old cooking pots and five-gallon buckets (20) for my container garden. I will spray-paint those white buckets forest green to blend in with the grass since they are plain, identical industrial-type buckets. I do not quite know what I am doing, but I am having a ball getting ready. I have composted and laid out my new raised beds. I do not think that my area has been warm enough to "cook" all of my compost, but some of it is crumbly and black. The raised gardens are my first ones. Also, I have never had more than four containers at one time. I am anxious to get started with the planting. I saw snow flurries this morning, so, I need to wait a while longer.

      I enjoyed your hub and the beautiful pots of flowers! I like the idea of a variety of containers instead of the traditional clay pots and plain buckets that mostly look alike. I will begin collecting exotic containers! Thanks for sharing.

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      Rebecca Furtado 3 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      I was really big on container gardening when I was in an apartment. Your hub however, has reminded me how great and relatively painless container gardening can be when you have a yard.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Vellur,

      Thank you for stopping by to read! Yes, the plastic ones are great and lightweight and durable, at least the thick ones, as I have near my front door. However, they porcelain are so very beautiful indeed.

      I appreciate the vote up.

      Have a lovely day,

      Faith Reaper

      I am so glad you love all of the photos here and the flowers too. Since this hub is specifically about containers, I was going to just use plain containers, but they have such impact when something beautiful is planted in them!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary (till),

      So great to see you stopping by to read! Thank you so much for all of the lovely comments which add much to the topic of this hub. Container gardening is great to spread the beauty even more so around your home, even if you already have gardens in the ground, they add just a pop of color and beauty here and there.

      I appreciate the vote up and more.

      Have a lovely day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello georgescifo,

      So nice to meet you and thank you so much for stopping by to read! Oh, yes, container gardening is wonderful, especially for those who do not have a lot of outside lawn space for gardens or for those who live in apartments and condos, etc.

      I am glad you enjoy container gardening.

      Have a wonderful day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow Levertis Steele!

      Sounds like you have this gardening thing down as an expert gardener! Thank you for sharing your story about your daughters cutting their hair off too when they were so young. That is too cute. Well, at the moment it is not, but then you realize, well, hair will grow back. Yes, my granddaughter here is just three years old and her sister is five, well they are both about to have birthdays, but anyway, they were cutting out things with the child blunt scissors and my husband stepped out of the room for less than two minutes, and when he came back the oldest one had cut off every last long beautiful curl that her younger sister had on her head and one half of her own very long hair. We took them to the hairdresser to try to make amends, but ... I was in such shock seeing her without those locks of curls all over her head. I mean it was so short, even shorter than their little brother, who is one year old! LOL It is slowly, very slowly growing back now. Good to know it happens to others. A woman at my work shared her granddaughter's story about her cutting off all of her gorgeous hair too.

      Oh, I do hope you write hubs and show us all your masterpieces you have planted!!! Wow, 200 magnolias ... that will set a record I believe. I love magnolias, especially living her in the deep south and I do not have a one. I must remedy that for sure!

      The cast-iron teakettle sounds so very interesting and unique. You are truly coming up with amazing ideas here and giving me some too! It sounds like you know what you are doing to me and that you are very enthusiastic about gardening.

      I appreciate all of your wonderful comments here which add so much to the subject of this hub!

      Exotic containers sound amazing and I do hope you write some hubs on all of your planting ideas and especially when you get those 200 magnolias growing. Wow, you must have plenty of property to spread those out, which is like a dream. I can picture them in my head, stunning.

      Thank you for blessing me with such enthusiastic comments here. I hope you have a lovely day on the search for exotic containers and I hope you find many!

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Rebecca,

      So nice to meet you! I am so glad you have stopped by here to read this day. Oh, I am also glad this hub reminded you just how easy it is to garden using containers, even when you have a yard!

      I hope you find the perfect containers for your needs and plant something lovely.

      Have a wonderful day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      This article starts out beautifully with that GORGEOUS model...I happen to love her short hairdo, no matter how it came to be...her joy simply radiates from that smile of hers.

      As I read on, my thoughts turned to growing up and my sweet Momma's love of gardening. She would have cherished you as I do. One of her favorite Mother's Day gifts was when my brother inverted an old tire and painted it white...every year she planted her bulbs of hyacinths and tulips as a glorious bouquet for us all to enjoy.

      Ah, Southern women and their nurturing, loving ways...thank you for this reminder of Spring with these fabulous ideas.

      Voted UP and UABI & appreciated!

      Love you, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Maria,

      Oh, yes, she is still a cutie no doubt and she has hair here, as it was pretty much bald, so her sister did a very good job of cutting it down to nothing lol ... That photo does make me smile and when I initially saw it, I was wondering why her eye look like that and then I noticed the tiny flower she had picked and she was just intent on looking at that tiny flower and it sure did bring her much joy! I love looking at the world through their (my grands') eyes.

      Oh, how precious to share of your Momma's love of gardening, and that touches my heart that you would say such. She sounds so lovely, just like her daughter. What a great gift she received and she is so creative to plant her hyacinths and tulips in it! Yes, a truly glorious bouquet indeed. My goodness, I love that idea and what a spectacular way to repurpose!

      Yes, Southern women are awesome, just like you. I know I would have loved your Momma.

      I appreciate you and thank you for the vote up. I am especially thankful just for you being your beautiful self.

      Love you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting just like you. LOL I love all these ideas Faith. I for one can wait for spring, especially after this last snowstorm. I'm hoping it warms up and does so soon. I loved the wooden cross and flower pot, gave me a great idea. Will be sure to pass this article along to the wife. She's big on flowering and gardening. Always a joy to read, thanks for everything you do Faith. You're truly inspiring and you've inspired me more then you'll ever know. God Bless.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear lyric,

      Always a joy when you are able to stop by to read! Thank you so much for the vote up and more and kind comments to me : ) ... Oh, yes, I just love that wooden planter, as it is very special to me and one can easily make one just like it. Since this hub is supposed to focus on the containers alone, I still just could not see myself just posting photos of empty containers, so I wanted to add a bit of color and interest with the beauty of the flowers added to enhance the containers.

      Thank you for sharing this with your wife and I hope she enjoys her gardening soon, when we are finally and truly finished with winter!

      I appreciate you telling me that and I always receive a blessing when you stop by and grace my hubspace with your presence.

      God bless you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Wonderful pictures and what a cute granddaughter! I love the photos of the springtime bulbs because I am so ready for spring to begin. Voted up and pinned.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, Writer Fox, for reading and I appreciate your kind comments. Me too ... ready for Spring. We had such a lovely Spring-like weekend here, up to 74 degrees, and now this week back to freezing rain! We have that up and down weather here, but it should warm up very soon!

      I appreciate the vote up and pin.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Angela Joseph 3 years ago from Florida

      Faith, I always enjoy your hubs and always learn something new, like pot feet in this one. What a great way to protect a wooden surface and allow your plant to dry! I'm going to look for it in Home Depot. It's spring, or even summer here in South Florida already. LOL

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi quildon, I appreciate your kind comments. Yes, the pot feet are great and they actually come in different styles. Yes, when we were first married, we lived in Tampa and I remember going to St. Pete beach in February and it was 90 degrees! Thank you for reading. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Makes me long for the warmer days ahead. Your pictures are really gorgeous and I enjoyed seeing the variety of flowers you chose. I love that Glazed Clay Pot with the hyacinth. Beautiful and great information.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Peg,

      Thank you so much for stopping by to read. Yes, today was so warm here and even had to turn on the air conditioning in the car after taking the grands to the park. So, it is getting close. However, we could very well have another cold snap here. I am glad you enjoyed the photos and flowers I placed in the containers. I figured just taking photos of the containers (even though the hub is just about containers) would be a bit boring.

      I hope you enjoyed your Sunday,

      Faith Reaper

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      I have a container garden here at my condo, Faith, so this hub is so interesting for me. I usually mix up the types of containers I have, but I love the terra cotta and clay containers the most. They are best for the plants, in my opinion. Thanks for another interesting and interesting hub with some great ideas.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great material, Faith Reaper. I used to use pieces of broken pots over the drain hole in order to keep soil in. Spring sure can't get here soon enough!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi again Suzette,

      Thank you so much for reading my hubs this day. Yes, that is a great point there ... the clay containers being best for the plants.

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deb,

      I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and read here this day. That is an awesome idea to use broken pots to keep the soil in! Thank you for sharing. Yes, indeed, I know you are waiting patiently for Spring to arrive on Boomer Lake. I know it is so beautiful there.

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Faith

      I came back to revisit this a.m. as am working in my yard this idea and wanted to revisit some of your suggestions. Thank you again for sharing these great suggestions. Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet friend, Always lovely to see you dropping by. I wish I were there with you! Hugs, much love and many Angels to you ...and prayers, Faith Reaper

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      Joseph De Cross 3 years ago

      Great ideas with self explanatory pics. The weather is taking its time. but by May we will need these How-to Gardening ideas! Sharing on Twitter!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks so much, Lord, for stopping by to read. Yes, Spring is certainly taking its time. We have warmer days, then back cold again. Thank you for sharing on Twitter!

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Faith Your granddaughter is a cutie. So her sister gave her a hair cut. Those curls oh so precious. Was mom like whoa and big oops? Being a hairstylist for over 25 yrs I have repaired many home hair cuts by kiddos. The good news is hair grows. Those darn tempting scissors. I always told the kiddos they needed to have a license to cut hair and showed them what mine looked like. They looked at me like, ohhhh? Love the flowers in your picture. I can smell them from here.

      Another wonderful hub of love girl. I like how you laid the pictures and gave info on how to plant and drainage. You done good again girl. I am always blessed with your work. May God continue to shine in you dear child of the king. He will I know it. Enjoy max and george, faith. Sending hugs. Skye

      My favorite in this hub is the wood crate container. Love it. Makes me want to locate one at good will or the likes. Spring is in the air, Amen.

      shared and voted.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Skye,

      Thank you so much and it is always a blessing when you are able to stop by to read! Yes, and her older sister did such a good job of cutting off every curl that she was pretty much bald! Thank goodness God made it to where our hair will grow back! Right now, it is much longer than in that photo, but it seems it is taking forever to grow back, but at least it looks like she will still have curls. Before she cut her hair, the curls were just beautiful covering her head in long ringlets : ( ...

      Since this was just a hub about different containers, I was going to just snap a photo of the plain containers and I thought, how boring would that be, so I made amends and chose some flowers to put in that happened to not suffer from the snow and ice from a couple of weeks ago we had here, so unusual. Well, I guess it has been over a month or so since the winter storm.

      I just loved reading about your new little one, Zoey, so cute as can be and then I also loved reading your powerful hub about "fear not" what a blessing to read, that I had to come back and read it twice! I am glad to see you writing again on HP as you are such a faithful daughter of the King and bring Him so much glory in all you do!

      Oh, as far as the wood container, you can actually make that one so easily, as it is so unique, not sure if you can find it anywhere, but you may, as I do find treasures when I go hunting. I figured you would like that one best.

      Yes, Spring is in the air, but at the moment, my yard and plants do not know what to do as we are getting colder weather at the moment, then it will warm up and then back cold again. Hopefully, soon it will be so nice to get out and dig in His good Earth. I appreciate the share and votes.

      May the Lord continue to shine His favor upon you. God bless you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      You must have a beautiful garden and you definitely have a beautiful granddaughter. She looks really cute. :) Really useful article and the pros and cons were very helpful. Anna :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Anna, thank you so much for your kind comments. She is a cutie. I am glad this hub on containers and the pros and cons are helpful. I appreciate you reading. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Faith Reaper

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      skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Hi Faith fyi The longer the hair gets when growing back the more the curls come ( my experience in hair styling they will come back) they come in wavy at first then get curlier. Curly hair takes longer to grow because the hair does wave and is not straight so it seems like hair is growing slow. Hugs to you. Beautiful little girl. Love you sister. She has wonderful nanie!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, thank you, dear Skye, for the fyi : ) ...that makes a lot of sense as to really curly hair! Hugs and much love to you too. I know you are an awesome nana yourself!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is a great Hub. Your granddaughter is precious.

      I had several spots around my yard that just needed a little something. I went out and bought great big containers embossed with designs on the sides. They were plastic and not too expensive. I planted small flowers in one that come back every year. They grow a little bit too so now they grow over the sides of the container. They look so pretty. The other planter I put near stairs with one of those solar powered lights in it with a small plant. It looks so pretty and helps to light the stairs at night.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, Crafty. Wow, your containers sound lovely. I love the idea of solar lighting added! I know it just looks so beautiful. I appreciate you sharing here. Blessings

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 2 years ago from Philippines

      This is the first time I read about the different types of pots and their advantages. The best part for me was using wooden baskets and putting pots in them, where you pet was buried. I also have a buried pet in my front yard, marked with a leaf shaped stone. I have two perfect wooden baskets for this use, and when my monggo plants grow big enough, that is exactly where I plan to place them. This is a very wonderful and helpful hub. Thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Grand Old Lady,

      Yes, it is important to consider the type of container for your needs. I love the wooden one too. It did just seem right for the pets' graves for some reason. Oh, your monggo plants sound perfect for that spot in the wooden baskets too.

      Thank you so much for reading and I am glad you found this hub to be wonderful and helpful!

      Blessings

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      Very BEAUTIFUL Faith makes me think about how beautiful heaven must be, sweet home for the happy and free.

      Thanks for sharing

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jo (LadyFiddler),

      Thank you so much for the kind comments and, yes, we cannot even imagine how much beauty God has in store for us ... waiting in our TRUE home!

      God bless you.

      Hugs

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      I really love the idea of container gardening. Small amounts of land, or wooden decks, can be turned into growing area. Voted up and shared.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi ologsinquito,

      Thank you for stopping by to read. Yes, container gardening is so wonderful and convenient indeed. I truly appreciate the vote up and share.

      Blessings always

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I just loved this so will share it again. I love picking up pots at yard sales since they are so high and I have some really nice ones but I am letting all my plants get too big for them so have been trying to get many in the ground; such as Rose of Sharons and a few are coming to life again; hope it won't hurt them. I have some tiny bulbs that got wet and started sprouting so need to do something with those. Plants are a joy but a lot of work too! I put an old tire out back filled with dirt and pretty bulbs and need to split it and white wash it later. That would be a good place for cactus too which I need to put somewhere. I like cactus under a window you may want to keep open a little. If a burglar shows up you will hear him real quick!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much for sharing again, Jackie. Oh, yes, pots/containers can be so very expensive! That is where I find them too and for a good deal. Gardening is a lot of hard work, and backbreaking at times, but actually so enjoyable for me to see the results. It will keep us in shape too if we do not throw our backs out in the meantime. Oh, I love your tire idea, very creative. Yes, that would keep the intruders out ... ouch. I have done that before ...place bushes with thorns under windows that are low to the ground.

      Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

      (((Hugs)))

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thought Id stop by and see your sweet beautiful little granddaughter and pretty flowers. I pile all my pots up against a building or nook at the house somewhere to keep them all from freezing so bad. Some of the pretty ones will break especially if they don't have drainage. I have a couple of huge pots I am going to put pretty soft pines in near the front of the house. I have done that before and they grew really well and I planted them in the yard. Little ones from the woods are great and I put pine needles around then to make them feel at home. Summer is when you are supposed to plant your pines but I think I have in fall before. Looking forward to the holidays!

      Up and sharing.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Thank you for stopping by here again. Oh, Lily's hair is now back down to her shoulders again and so curly and lovely. I hope her older sister doesn't get the scissors to it again LOL!!!

      That is a great idea about placing the pots up against the house somewhere. Yes, I will have to protect some of mine for sure. Oh, that sounds so lovely about the soft pines in the larger containers. Never thought of that before ...hmm, thanks for getting my brain going. Ah, now, that is so sweet about making them feel at home with the pine needles.

      I am so looking forward to the holidays too!

      Thank you for the vote up and share

      Hugs

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i don't use container flower pot, I use plastic container from used take away food

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you, peachpurple, for stopping by to read. That is a great way to recycle!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent hub!

      I loved all your wonderful pictures of beautiful flowers. Great suggestions and tips about container gardening. I love growing flowers and normally use clay pots for it.

      Your granddaughter is so cute and lovely. Thanks for sharing this useful and beautiful hub. Voted up and pinned!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi ChitrangdaSharan,

      Oh, you are so kind! Thank you so much for reading and I appreciate your lovely and kind comments here. Yes, clay pots are great and versatile.

      My oldest granddaughter, 6, cut Lily's hair all off that summer! It has finally grown back out with a head full of curls to her shoulders. However, the six year old did cut half of her own long beautiful hair off too. LOL We can laugh now, and God knows how we feel about our hair and allows it to grow back.

      I appreciate the vote up and more and share. You're the best!

      Blessings

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      Jackie Lynnley 17 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Had to stop at this; spring! I sure want it bad. Thank God we don't have to wait as long as others huh? February brings lots of blooms. Course cold might get some of them but not all! Can't wait for your next kids hub with all those babies in it!

      ++

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      Thank you for stopping by here again! You are too sweet. Yes, we get the blooms much longer than others ...what a treat!

      Hahaha ...yes, plenty of precious grandchildren and enjoying their love and giving them all of my love.

      I will see what I can come up with ...been so absent here.

      Hugs and much love always, sweet friend

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