A New Way to Plant a Spring Garden
I am getting my spring garden ready by preparing my pots and raised beds with my new favorite potting mix. I am also adding a cutting garden!
I’m planting pots and finally putting in a cutting garden in two of my raised beds. I can’t wait to have flowers that can be cut for bouquets. My spring garden and my house will be filled with flowers.
This post is sponsored by Sta-Green Perfect Potting Mix. It may contain affiliate links but all words, reviews, and opinions are mine.
I Am Finally Planting A Cutting Garden
After years, and years, and years of saying I was going to plant a cutting garden, I finally did it!
I love to garden, but am not a great gardener. Why do I say that? Because I am a really busy person and I don’t give my gardens the time and attention they deserve. But this year it’s all going to change.
Why? Because I planted a cutting garden and found a product that is going to do a lot of the work for me.
I have always wanted to be the kind of gardener who knows everything about gardening. You know … having tons of knowledge about growth zones, the best fertilizer, and what the best plants are for which areas in my garden. The reality, however, is that I just don’t have the time to learn it all.
But guess what? I just learned I don’t have to know it all.
When I discovered the Sta-Green Perfect Potting Mix product, I quickly learned that this product was exactly what I needed to finally create the amazing cutting garden of my dreams. Sta-Green’s potting mix is perfect for novice gardeners, for master gardeners, and for everyone in between.
I have many favorite things about Sta-Green Perfect Potting Mix, but here are my top five:
- It weighs a 1/3 of the weight of traditional potting mix. (Which means I could do this project myself.)
- It contains slow-release fertilizer that fertilizes the plants for 6 months. (Which is great since I always forget to fertilize.)
- It expands once out of the bag, so you buy less bags. (Which keeps my costs down.)
- HydraFiber effeciently absorbs water and releases it slowly over time as plants need it which helps conserve water. (Which helps my plants survive the heat on warmer days.)
- There is no muddy mess like traditional potting mix. (Which means less clean up!)
Planting a Cutting Garden in My Raised Beds
I have four raised beds that I built a few years ago. They have been filled with vegetables and herbs, but I have been dying to grow a cutting garden.
I designated two of the raised beds for a cutting garden and two for vegetables and herbs.
When we started this project, one of the things I was most excited about is that Sta-Green Perfect Potting Mix is 1/3 the weight of the traditional potting mix. A 25-quart bag weighs only 7 pounds. The reason is that Sta-Green expands to 2.5 times its size when you fluff it.
You buy fewer bags that weigh less, but you cover the same amount of space as the heavy, dirty traditional potting mix.
Every year I have to add soil and amendments to the raised beds. (I have no idea where the soil goes, but the beds are about five inches lower every year!) I used only 9 bags of Sta-Green Perfect Potting Mix in each of the raised beds.
It fluffed up easily and was remarkably clean to work with. I wore gardening gloves, but honestly, I could have filled all of the raised beds without them.
Next, I secured the drip lines and began planting! In one bed, I have snapdragons, ranunculus, salvia, tulips, and bearded iris. I might have gone a little crazy with my flower choices, but I am excited about the bounty of flowers I will have.
In the next cutting garden bed, I have dahlias and gerbera daisies which are both so stunning in a bouquet.
For the vegetable/herb garden, I planted rosemary, basil, oregano, yellow peppers, and sage.
I decided to mix it up a bit and planted some berries and lavender in the last bed. How much fun is that going to be?
This is one of those projects that I wonder what took me so long to do it. Honestly, the Sta-Green Perfect Potting Mix made it so much easier than using a traditional potting mix.
I didn’t have to drag heavy bags into the car, out of the car, around the backyard and I was astonished at how clean it was to work with. It eliminated two of the reasons that I think I dragged my feet on getting it done.
Spring Garden in Clay Flower Pots
One of the ways that I love to introduce spring to my garden is by planting colorful flowers in clay flower pots. Years ago I found a vintage pot stand at a vintage flea market.
I love the way this pot stand looks when filled with healthy and happy flowers.
I was amazed when filling the clay flower pots, the Sta-Green Perfect Potting Mix is lightweight and so clean to work with. We planted over twenty pots and only used two bags of Sta-Green.
The secret to no-mess gardening is that Sta-Green Perfect Potting Mix is made of HydraFiber, not dirt. HydraFiber contains Canadian sphagnum peat moss, limestone, gypsum, a wetting agent, and a slow-release fertilizer that will feed plants for up to six months.
You can use Sta-Green both indoors and outdoors, for plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables, pots, baskets, raised beds, and even in your in-ground beds.
Planting the Pots
I love to have a patio filled with flowers and plants in pots and Sta-Green made it so easy. Whether you have a small patio area or a large garden area, planted pots with loads of gorgeous flowers can make a huge impact. Is it just me or are freshly planted pots an instant mood booster?
We started with my antique pot stand. It holds nine smaller pots on the top rack, seven medium pots on the middle rack, and five large pots on the bottom rack.
The smaller top pots hold pansies, ranunculus, and primrose. The middle rack holds ranunculus (because you can never have enough) and geraniums, and the bottom rack holds Icelandic poppies and geraniums.
The pots were so easy to plant. We placed the Sta-Green Perfect Potting Mix into the pot, fluffed it up a bit, added the flower, watered and we were done! I gave both the pots and the raised beds a good soak to get them all started. The HydraFiber is great for water retention, so we didn’t have any drippy pots. I love that there is also a fertilizer built-in that fertilizes for six months. How great is that?
I planted all of my pots in the vintage pot rack, but for individual pots on the patio, the lighter weight will make it easier to move my pots from one place to another. Easy-peasy.
Sta-Green Perfect Potting Mix is available exclusively at Lowes.com and at select Lowe’s stores.
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This product looks amazing. I love to garden but have shoulder and back issues, I would be able to easily carry these bags. All the other features sound beneficial too. Thanks for recommending, and your garden looks so pretty. I’ll have to wait awhile longer here in Ohio.
Thanks Cathy! I am glad you found this helpful!
That sounds great – I might have to look into that, even though my husband does most of our gardening. He always wonders where the soil goes too! 🙂 Thanks for the tip.
No problem Barbara!
I love your idea is raising your cut flowers in raised beds! But I’m more impressed with your clay pot rack!
What is its dime Zion’s and are you able te send a pic from the side? It looks like a great DIY project!
What! That’s not what I wrote! Really?!
Size of clay pot rack
Hahaha! Gotta love autocorrect! Stay tuned … great idea. Clay pot rack DIY in the future!
Leslie: I am hoping to get some of the new soil and hope it will be available here in the Midwest as every year it is me: hauling bags of Miracle Grow from potting stop to potting stop then sweeping off the deck so I can water all of them. I try to be neat about it, but a solid spray cleaning is necessary to get the muddy overfill off the deck. I have one tool that has been with me for years. It is called a Hori Hoir knife, sells for about $25.00 with leather sheath. It can do so many things – scrape, dig, weed, etc. . Also starting watching your videos – I’m hooked. Your presentation is so natural and more enjoyable than the professional sales pitch. Regards, [email protected]
Thanks my friend!