If you’re gardening on patio, porch, deck, roof or terrace, you need the right pots. Choose big planting pots large enough to support long lived woody plants that offer big rewards of beauty and food. Insist on a mouth wide enough to accommodate a 5-gallon nursery pot to ensure the rootball fits without crushing.
This will support fruiting or flowering trees, shrubs and vines that can instantly change the nature of outdoor space. Obtain enough Black Gold® Waterhold Potting Soil to fill the pot to 3 to 5 inches below the rim with the new plant in place. This “freeboard” is a time saver that lets you apply a lot of water all at once so you can do something else while it slowly percolates into the root zone.
Maureen Gilmer is celebrating her 40th year in California horticulture and photojournalism as the most widely published professional in the state. She is the author of 21 books on gardening, design and the environment, is a widely published photographer, and syndicated with Tribune Content Agency. She is the weekly horticultural columnist for the Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs and contributes to Desert Magazine, specializing on arid zone plants and practices for a changing climate. She works and lives in the remote high desert for firsthand observations of native species. Her latest book is The Colorful Dry Garden published by Sasquatch Books. When not writing or photographing she is out exploring the desert on her Arabian horse. She lives in Morongo Valley with her husband Jim and two rescue pit bulls. When not writing or photographing she is usually out riding her quarter horse.
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