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Garden Tip: Clean up containers for spring

<p>Pansies and stock flowers will withstand some frosts and still be pretty. | Courtesy of Heather Prince</p>

Pansies and stock flowers will withstand some frosts and still be pretty. | Courtesy of Heather Prince

Someday soon spring flowers will arrive, and we will be delighted to finally see the end of winter.

Pansies and stock flowers will withstand some frosts and still be pretty.

As you plan your container displays for spring, here are some tips:

Our container designers at The Growing Place recommend that, if your container has been outside, empty it and compost the used potting soil to minimize the chances for disease and insect problems.

Inspect each container for damage, including cracks and chips. Using a mild bleach solution, about one part bleach to 10 parts water, and a firm brush thoroughly scrub pots inside and out to clean and disinfect.

Place your pot in the desired spot before refilling with new potting soil so you don’t have to try to move a heavy container.

Make sure it is raised off the ground for drainage, using pot lifters, bricks or caddies.

Think about adding new pots and re-arranging your containers to freshen your look. Gather ideas at the Containers: Indoors and Out event March 22 at The Growing Place in Aurora, featuring designer and author Karen Chapman, inspirational vignettes and greenhouse tours. Check www.thegrowingplace.com for details.

Garden Tip is courtesy of Heather Prince, The Growing Place, 630-355-4000, www.thegrowingplace.com

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