Here's a look at the steps for planting your container garden. For a short cut, keep reading.
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Jeff Bredenberg, in his new book How to Cheat at Gardening and Yard Work, offers this tip for arranging plants in a large container:
"Getting several new flower plants situated in a large patio container can be quit a juggling act....Here's the cheating method: Sam Jeffries, one of the hosts of the radio show The Garden Guys, has a sneaky solution. First, fill you large container with potting soil up to the desired height (a few inches short of full, accounting for the depths of your flowers root balls.) Then take your flowers -- still in the little plastic containers you bought them in -- and p0osition them on top of the potting soil. Switch them around to your heart's content. Then fill in more potting soil around the little pots until the soil is at the correct height.
"With the potting soil heaped in place, lift each of the flowers out, remover their little plastic pots. Then plop the plant right back down in the same hole. There will be no more guesswork about that size holes to dig."