Fall Gardening: 2017 Edition
A couple weeks ago I realized it had been much too long since I had spent time planting flowers in pots, so I took some steps to get my simple fall “gardening” underway. Here’s the 2017 Edition! If you missed 2015’s post, read Fall Gardening and Outdoor Décor, here.
2017’s flower pot gardening began with my fall yard sale! We had a family sale where several of us went in together. I didn’t sell as much at the fall yard sale as the sale earlier in the year, but I made a little pocket change and the second hand store received some donations! (For more tips on yard sales, read this article.) Anyway, since there were several of us who went in together for the sale, I ended up purchasing four terracotta planters from a family member, and these planters aren’t the plastic kind. They are the real thing… sun baked terracotta clay. They are rectangular in shape and even have drainage holes to allow the excess water to escape. Drainage holes are so important for the health of a plant. Excess water can cause the roots of a plant to rot and in turn cause the plant to die. Plants need to trade out oxygen and carbon dioxide with the air. If they have too much water, those air pockets in soil become blocked. Read more at Gardening Know How, Why Are Drainage Holes Important: Do Pots Need Drain Holes?
I paid only $8 for four, super nice terracotta planters, and if you price these on the Internet you will discover they are about $25 each brand new. Alert: Super Great Deal! So, all that to say, I had these wonderful nice planters, and of course I needed some flowers to make them useful. I didn’t have a lot of extra money to spend on plants this year, but my husband found some pansies at a terrific price. I believe he purchased thirteen pansy plants for around $6. I love pansies for the fall because they are so hardy. It has been a couple weeks since I planted them and took these pictures, and my plants really look established now. I enjoy watering them in the mornings, and it makes me so happy to see my pretty little planters on the back porch. God’s beautiful creation has a way of creating joy in my heart!
O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.
Here are a couple other pictures of a few more potted plants, and naturally, fall wouldn’t be fall without a pumpkin and a mum. However, I don’t think I’m going to have a mum next year. I had a very small one this year, and unfortunately they are always a disappointment as the blooms die too quickly! They just aren’t my favorite in the plant category!
For more fall reading, click here to read, Autumn Is In the Air! Do you have any fall gardening ideas? What do you plant during the fall? I love reading your comments, so please post!