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Espoma on Growing in Containers

Behnkes has long been a supplier and FAN of Espoma’s line of (mostly organic) products and were happy to discover that their high standards for video production, as well.  We posted their video about container gardening in our e-newsletter and received this email about it from customer Arlene Montemarano:

I love this video and forwarded it to family members and friends.

I am an avid container gardener as of three years now.  But I do it a bit differently.  I plant most of my plants in 10″ plastic pots with Styrofoam peanuts at the bottom for drainage.  Since that is a big pot, I sometimes add colorful annuals to fill extra space.  Using a mix of potting soil and leaf compost, I set the pots into the ground of my small garden.  The pots are not visible unless you move the foliage aside and look.

I have found this system to have many advantages for me:  Much less watering (I use rain barrels and watering cans and a water wand), close planting, no weeds, no competition from aggressive neighbors, flexibility (I remove pots to the backyard when plants are not pretty anymore, and if one should grow taller than anticipated, it is easy for me to exchange it with one in the back.

Because we have a sun room, I can use some tropicals and winter them over in the house for reuse come Spring.


Arlene, glad you like it, and we’ve embedded it here for our blog readers.


Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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