Monthly Archives: May 2011

Edible Container Gardens

General Guidelines
When growing an edible garden container, there are a few rules that differ from decorative gardens. Caution is needed when treating plants for insects and diseases. These poisonous chemicals can enter the plants and wind up on your plate. It is best to choose natural solutions to remedy the problem. Try methods such as planting oregano in with your vegetables to get rid of insects. Pruning the affected areas or washing the plant with a mild soap and water solution will often eliminate a variety of bugs and diseases.
Managing the fertility of the container gardening needs a bit more management. You can use compost teas, fish emulsion and other earth friendly fertilizers. Because of the absence of microbial life in the container soil, we recommend that you use fertilizers that have a great proportion of water soluble nitrogen. One of the easiest and earth friendly ways of fertilizing is with Osmocote. This is a time release fertilizer that releases fertilizer every time it rains or you water…thereby maintaining a constant flow of nutrients and mitigating the leaching of excess nitrogen.
There also needs to be sufficient room in the pot for food production. Harvesting the produce at the right time is also important. Picking the vegetables or fruit as it matures will give you the best quality food while eliminating the chance of it dropping off the plant. Picking the produce at the right time also allows the plant to focus more on new food production rather than wasting nutrients and time on over-ripening.
If you have shied away from gardening because of a lack of space for poor soil in which to grow plants, an edible container garden is the perfect solution. Produce can be grown in any sunny spot in your home and all you need is a pot, plants, and some soil to get started.

Feel free to email me at for any questions or feedback.
Happy Gardening!!!



It’s all about the Vegetable & Herb gardens this year!  Here’s a few tips for all those luscious herbs you are about to grow!

These herbs dry well….basil, scented geranium leaves, lavender, lemon balm, lemon verbena, lemon grass, sweet marjoram, oregano, mint, parsley, Italian parsley, sage, St. John’s word, thyme.  

After picking, hang the stems with leaves upside down in a space with good ventilation and low humidity.  Make sure they are completely dry or they will get moldy.  Another hint from Sarah’s Herbs, do not crumble the herb once it’s dry, the less surface area exposed to the air, the better the herb will retain its’ oils.  They should be good for about a year.

These herbs freeze well….basil, dill, lemon balm, sweet marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme, lemon verbena, chives, coriander.  For freezing, just snip small pieces, place in a zip-lock bag and freeze.

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Hello world!

Good day sunshine!  After a night of torrential downpours and bright lightening strikes, it’s great to see the sun, even if it’s for a short burst! 

The ‘official’ planting date of May 15 has come and gone so LET’S GET GARDENING!  Annuals, Perennials, Trees, Shrubs, Vegetables, Herbs, Tropicals, Roses…you name, we’ve got it!  And we are now open every Friday night until 7 pm.  Shopping Friday night, may help you be more productive during the weekend.  But if you’re busy, we’re open early Saturday morning at 8 am to get you going!

GreenScaping-Adventures in Earth Friendly Gardening

It always feels good to know that what you are doing is contributing to the greater good of the plant Earth. With that in mind I encourage you take set some time aside to join me at one of our Earth Friendly Gardening Classes.

As the name implies, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with protecting our environment. Our environment is quite large and it would be wrong to think that a single agency could take care of it alone. As stewards of the earth we must work together to protect and nurture such a blessing. At Bayport Flower Houses we have always held the belief that we inherit this Earth from the next generation and as such must leave it in better condition than we found it. Of course the subjective nature of “better condition” is always a debate there are some simple steps you can take to make a difference. The EPA published a brochure which I feel is one of the most common sense and attainable paths towards gardening, they refer to it as GreenScaping, the easy way to a Greener, Healthier Yard. The brochure can be found at

There are five easy steps:

#1 Build and maintain healthy soil

#2 Plant right for your site

#3 Practice smart watering

#4 Adopt a holistic approach to pest management

#5 Practice natural lawn care

 By following these steps you will save time, save money and protect the environment. These benefits may not happen instantaneously but over time the rewards are wonderful. I believe that the best reward is knowing that you are part of the solution. If rolling around a natural lawn, watching butterflies flutter and trees cool the earth is for you than I encourage you to stop in at Bayport Flower House and let us discuss with you how you can be “green”. We’re here to help get you started and pointed in the right direction. Make someday…Today!

“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another”


Picking the Right Container (Pot)

Pick the right Pot!
There are many choices when it comes to container gardening or indoor décor…picking the right one will ensure years of enjoyment.

 Terra Cotta Clay
~Classic look
~Great drainage and breathability
~Perfect for plants that do not like to be wet…such as Gardenias, Citrus and Cactus
~Not suitable for winter outdoor use
~Grows moss on pot and can shows slat deposits on outside of pot with age.
~You can spray buttermilk on pot to speed up moss growth
~Very long lasting pot…great for plants that remain in pot for years.
~Potting soils- all types, except use compost enriched potting soil when used outdoors

Glazed Ceramic Pottery
Stunning colors and designs
Frost resistant…good for out door use if you follow these rules:
            If possible remove soil during winter
            If not make sure soil is very well drained and the drainage hole is open
            Keep pots off the damp ground with pot feet, bricks, slate etc.
            Be sure to remove saucers in winter months
            Pots with cylinder, vase or tulip shaped are best for winter durability
            Expect pots to last 4-6 years or more outdoors with proper care
Glaze prevents rapid drying- great for thirsty plants
Potting soils- all well drained types…for outdoors winter use compost enriched with pebbles or the like on the bottom to improve drainage.

Plastic Pots

Lightweight, easy to move…generally least expensive.
Not too durable, becomes brittle with age…thin wall types last about 2 years outside.
Retains moisture in soil…good for mixed planting that require lots of water
Wide range of colors and shapes
Potting Soil- all types but be sure to use a well drained professional potting mix indoors

Metal Urns and Pots
Extremely durable…may require painting over the years (some prefer rust look though)
Estate, Classic look
Heavy and Expensive…but worth it.
Acts much like plastic in retaining water
Great for year round planting
Potting Soil- Use a durable long lasting soil such as Hampton Estate Potting Soil

 Fiberglass and Poly Resin
Lightweight and durable
Great for plants that need to be moved indoors in the winter.
Molded into many shapes
Can mimic metal or terra cotta look
Winter durable with proper drainage
Retains moisture well
Potting Soil- All well drained potting soils work

Great rustic look
Paintable for Color Matching
Cedar, red wood last longest. Treated wood can injury plants…make sure to age it first
Ok to line to enhance lifespan…but not necessary. Will last unlined about 5-8 years
Best to allow wood to breath…keep outside of wood out of direct contact with dampness
Breathable…some plants root onto wood and derive nutrients for wood.
Make great window boxes
Potting soil- can use lightweight types (no compost) to keep weight down when hanging on house…otherwise all type are good…compost enriched good for barrels. Make sure holes are drilled in bottoms- you can never drill enough holes!

Concrete and Stone
Very durable
Estate feel
Can be very heavy
Great for all season plantings
Come in many shapes and sizes
Breathable – keeps soil cool in summer too
Concrete is paintable
Potting soil- use compost enriched for outdoor use…helps to retain moisture.

Moss, Coconut and Fiber pots
Mimics natural soil growing condition
Very natural look
Plants root into it and will form a great looking topiary in hanging baskets
Works well for lining metal wire frame containers
Potting Soil- all types- may want to use the lightweight pro potting mix in hanging baskets to lessen the weight of the overall basket.