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Monday, October 10, 2011

Container Haven

Are you a container gardener or maybe you just love to grow herbs in your garden? Either way, repotting and reorganizing your haven of herbs or annuals should top the fall to-do garden list; that is, if you managed to salvage the fragile delicates before the frost took them down.

Requirements: schedule a few afternoons for your indoor garden transition, even if it feels like sorting out your sock drawer. It’s well worth it come wintertime when you can forgo the overpriced ‘herbs’ aisle at the grocery store. And if you like to whip up great recipes, fresh herbs can take a somewhat ordinary dish and send it to the top of the extraordinary list.

But before we tackle this transition, we must find the space. What can make this outdoor to indoor shift a bit more difficult is just that - limited indoor sun space. With that said, if you had a great outdoor herb garden and want to make the indoor transition, it takes time to weed out the lanky-looking overgrown plants. It’s an encounter session giving up on those herbs that show signs of being too stretched out and frankly too haggard to make a successful shift from outside to inside. This is where the sock draw cleaning comes in to play. You must let go of those overgrown herbs and repot and transition those that show a bit more promise for overwintering. Here are a few useful tips from a 2009 blog post to assist you in transitioning your herbs or favorite annuals. Most important is making sure you don’t over-winter any unknown bugs. So check out this post.

And when it comes to sorting out your container haven, consider the advice of Havelock Ellis. "All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on." I’m still mingling with my choices.

Image by Ann Bilowz

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