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Autumn Flowers for Containers
As the weather starts to cool, your summer containers may be looking a little aged. Donīt despair! There are still plants available to give your garden a burst of color. Many choices go well with other autumn decorations, like pumpkins and dried corn. Here are some great autumn planting ideas.

Bearded Iris - Divide and Plant
Did your Bearded Iris not bloom well this year, or not bloom at all? Are your iris plants so crowded that it looks like the rhizomes are trying to crawl out of their container? Then itís time to divide and replant. Here are step-by-step instructions for reviving your iris.

Berries in Containers
Well now - a weight-loss berry bush that grows easily most zones (it adapts to its environment); does very well in containers, is water wise though not a friendly shrub (likes its own pot, doesnít want to share) and found in the desert regions of South Africa. Lots more to tell, please read onÖ

Broccoli and Carrot Containers
Shop bought vegetables just do not stand in the same queue as your own home grown ones - that fresh, delicious, healthy crunch that comes from your own container cannot be beat as they say. Companions are mates and two good ones are Broccoli and Carrots, easy to grow and so versatile in the kitchen!

Buying Container Plants
Buying new stock for your container garden may be just the bit of retail therapy you need but these guidelines will help you look out for good and bad signs in the planted pots you finally purchase. Don't be in a hurry! Don't go cheap! Enjoy your choices, speak to those in the know at the nursery.

Cactus Containers
Not home much? Travel a lot? Work odd hours and weekends away? Treasure your black thumb but need something to grow? If you answered yes for just one of these questions then maybe a cactus container garden would suit you. It is easy enough to set up and simple enough to maintain. Waterwise too!

Chayote in Containers
Chayote in containers may be unusual for some but everyday for others Ė I say we should join the others and grow some. Like courgettes in a way, this vigorous climber belongs to the gourd family is popular in southern warm areas, it has many uses in the kitchen and is a medicinal vegetable as well.

Chocolate-coloured Containers!
Chocolate in the garden? Why not - there are many plants you can use for containers and the colours and textures and beauty will have you and yours smiling. Itís a lovely theme to think about especially if you are starting out, setting up a new container garden or replenishing for new season needs

Choosing your Container
All pots are not created equal! Know the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials available for your container plants.

Christmas Gift Containers
Gift Christmas Containers are great holiday and gardening projects and you know how it is, the busier you are and the more you have to do the more you get done and well too! Did you plan ahead perhaps? Many do and as many or more donít, but whichever's the case, here are some last week fun ideas!

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