First time gardener here. Need help planting a container

loves2cook4sixJune 23, 2011

Hi all,

I am a regular over on the cooking forum and love it so I thought I'd see if you guys could help me out.

I have never planted anything before and plants that I've bought tend to die on me but I LOVE flowers and want to try growing some.

Today I bought a wheelbarrow on Craigslist and I'd love to fill it with annuals. I live in Northwest Illinois.

I plan on placing the wheelbarrow in the back corner of the yard under a huge maple. There will be morning sun and then shade the rest of the day. We will be our of town for two weeks in July and I can't count on the kids to water then.

ANY advice would be appreciated and hopefully you guys can talk me through this project.

So what potting mix? Fertilizer? How much? What flowers? How many? Water how often? What about water crystals? Really, I know absolutely nothing.


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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

2 weeks without water for a newly planted annual is asking a lot. I can't think of any that could take that. Will they get any rain?

If it were me, I'd wait till after the vacation to plant things.


    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 10:19AM
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They will definitely get rain and they do get a bit from the sprinkler system.

I planted it and with the advise from the horticulturist at the landscaping greenhouse, I added watersorb to the soil which will help a lot during those two weeks.

Here's my wheelbarrow

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 12:33PM
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