April 1, 2015 — We all know that “April showers bring May flowers,” but why wait until May to start growing your garden? Get a jump start on spring by brightening your home with plants today!
You will need a few things before you start the potting process:
- Long Handle Garden Tool Assortment
- Southern Weed and Feed
- Garden Soil
- Tulip, Lily & Hyacinth
Lucky for you, all these items are available on Special Buy* this week (beginning Wednesday, April 1)! Once you have all your materials it’s time to start planting!
Step 1: Choosing a Pot and Soil
When choosing a pot, make sure it has at least one hole in the bottom. This will allow excess water to drain and prevents your plant from getting waterlogged. The two most popular types of pots are plastic and clay. Where you plan to display your pot will help determine what material to plant in. A plastic pot is lightweight and easy to move around the house or patio. Some gardeners also like using plastic pots because they absorb less water than clay pots, making watering less of a chore. On the other hand, a clay pot has a more lavish look to it.
Once you’ve decided on your pot, you can pick up a bag of garden soil at your local ALDI store. Stay away from using soil from your yard or garden because it could be filled with insects or weed seeds. If you want to cut back on the amount you need to feed your plant, try adding a fertilizer to the soil.
Step 2: Preparing the Pot and Planting
Now it’s time to start planting! Lay a nylon or part of an old screen over the holes on the bottom of your pot to keep the soil from falling out. Fill about one-third of your pot with soil and add your plant. Avoid trying to fit your plant into a smaller pot, since the roots will need room to grow. Next, fill the pot to the top with soil and pat down firmly. This will help the soil retain moisture after watering.
Step 3: Watering and Maintenance
Your plant will need a little TLC! Plant location is one of the most important factors to take note of. Some plants require sunlight to grow, while others thrive in the shade. Plants near a window or in full sun will need to be watered more than those in the shade. But be careful – this doesn’t mean you need to water them every day. Plants often appear dry on the surface while the soil below is wet. To decide if your plant needs watering, poke your finger about two inches into the soil. If the soil is wet, wait a day or two before watering it again. If you find the soil is dry, you know it’s time to give your plant another drink.
Step 4: Enjoy!
Watch your plant grow and enjoy its beauty!
*Available while quantities last. All products may not be available in all stores. Prices subject to change.