With a little care, your containers will last well into the fall (Google / Reminder News)

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http://www.remindernews.com/article/2011/08/22/keep-your-container-garden-growing-into-fall

Keep your container garden growing into fall

By Dawn Pettinelli – UConn Home & Garden Education Center

Growing plants in containers – whether they are hanging baskets, window boxes, decorative ceramic pots, or any other type of planter – has become widely popular over the last few years. More and more kinds of containers, both decorative and functional, are becoming available, and much creativity is seen in turning the most unlikely objects into planters.

Actually, container gardening is not a new phenomena. Drawings of plants in containers have been discovered on the walls of Egyptian temples more than 3,500 years old. It has not been until recently, however, with the development of soil-less mixes and the wide range of planters available, coinciding with the desire to decorate patios, decks and other outdoor living areas, that container gardening has been considered a specialized field of horticulture.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.