One of the hottest trends in gardening is using succulents and cactus either in the garden or in containers. There are a number of reasons for this, not only are these exciting, fun plants but they're very low maintenance. There are a wide variety of colors and shapes. Eric points out Hens and Chicks, Sedums, Jade, prickly Agaves as well as some medicinals like Aloe. These aren't particularly hard plants to grow but one can mess them up by "loving them to death." That usually comes from overwatering. These are plants that generally like to be neglected so one important thing to think about when putting them into a pot or putting them into the ground is finding the correct soil. You will need something that has a lot of drainage, also something with a little nutrition to get those plants started, to get the new roots going out into the soil. But the most important attribute is drainage. If the pots don't drain the plants will basically rot. So when you go to your garden center look for a product that advertises great drainage and better yet something that is designed for Cactus, Palms, those kind of plants that require good drainage. So remember, Cactus - they're fun, they're easy, as are succulents. And remember don't love them to death, give them some drainage.
While out this season planting bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and other spring-bloomers, put some aside and pot up a container or two. Gardeners who regularly pot up amaryllis or paperwhites for the holidays often don’t think to grow spring bulbs in pots that will bloom outdoors long after the indoor flowers are just a memory. It’s as quick and easy as potting up annuals.
Join fellow garden lovers, history buffs and music enthusiasts to discover the quaint towns and colorful gardens of Holland and Belgium in May of 2018.
This exciting journey will be hosted by nationally known host Eric Johnson, of Public Television's blockbuster show GardenSmart. Your river cruise begins in Amsterdam where you'll see works by Rembrandt and Van Gogh, Anne Frank's House, and see the city's most famous gardens. Then spend a full morning on the grounds of the most beautiful spring garden in the world-Keukenhof! Visit the picturesque Belgian towns of Bruges and Ghent as well as Kinderdijk, with the Netherlands' iconic collection of 19 authentic windmills that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition, history buffs will experience a captivating tour of the WWI trenches of Flanders and WWII Arnhem Battlefield of A Bridge Too Far fame. You won't want to miss this extraordinary garden adventure to Holland and Belgium.
Book by November 15, 2017 and save up to $1200 dollars per person!
To register call:
Alki Tours at 800-895-2554
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