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April 22, 2013
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Learn about container gardening in Avon Wednesday

Are you a plant lover with limited garden space? Or, do you just love the creative look of blending plants in containers? Maybe you just simply like plants as 'your pets' in the comfort of your home. If you would like to have plants succeed in containers over the long term with few complications, or if you'd like to simply experience rapid growth in our short summer season, Wednesday's "The Science Behind Container Gardening" class at Walking Mountains in Avon is one you shouldn't miss.

Discover the keys to easy and successful growing in containers. Colorado Alpines and Wildflower Farm strive to put the fun back into gardening. Get inspired to successfully nurture, grow, and even harvest your favorite plants. We will help you understand how to choose the right container, soil ingredients, and fertilizers to keep your plants healthy, strong and happy for years to come.

All plants have unique needs to be considered including drainage needs, moisture needs, and nutrient needs as well as an ideal container size to nestle the plant into its own custom space. You will learn how these unique needs can make a big impact on the overall health of your plant, including its abilities to fend off the negative impacts of bad bugs and fungus. The key is getting your potting soil to perform for your container plants - great soil helps the roots grow strong and produces healthier foliage.

You will get to touch and feel different soil ingredient options and learn what role each of them play in helping to feed the plant. The most beneficial soil supplements will be discussed and used in a hands-on activity where you will make your own soil. The art of blending plants and mixing several plants into one container will also be discussed. The class includes one 9-inch environmentally friendly pot with saucer, plus a three-plant bundle design, which you will plant during the class. Plant bundle options will include houseplant foliage combos and herb combos.

Plants are similar to humans - with a need for great nutrition and a healthy, functioning immune system to feel great and fend off problems quickly. Please join us to learn how to make your container plants a success this year.

The Science Behind series of classes highlights useful and fun skills that have underlying scientific principles. Each class provides a hands-on, interactive component with instruction from a local expert and a Walking Mountains educator. Classes are held once a month at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.


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