Archive for the ‘How To’s’ Category

January 19th

Custom Hanging Basket Class 2016

Class Notes handout and information for each class attendee!

 

 

 

 

Have you ever wanted to pick out specific plants for your hanging baskets at home? Or even just a certain color scheme?? Well here’s your chance!!  Come join us on February 6th for our annual custom hanging basket class!

 

 

 

This class gives you the opportunity to customize your hanging baskets for 2016 but it is also much more than just choosing flowers and colors to put in your basket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bauman's Farm and Gardens annual custom hanging basket class Gervais OR

 

 

 

 

During this class we teach you the in’s and out’s of hanging baskets. We begin by talking about the different sizes of baskets that are available and the pro’s and con’s to each one. From there we move into many of our proven tips and tricks on how to raise the most beautiful baskets on the block! We let you in on our fertilizing,

trimming, dead heading (or lack there of), and watering strategies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also talk about potential pests, diseases and other problems that can effect your basket throughout the year and teach you the best ways to take care of these problems.

We introduce you to some products that are easily available to you that we have tested on our own baskets, which ones worked great…and which ones didn’t quite pass the test. Some of these products we carry here at the farm and others are products you can pick up at Walmart, Fred Meyer, Lowes or any other place you get gardening supplies.

 

 

 

Cherry Star and Lemon Slice Calibrachoa, both of which were new varieties for 2013 hanging baskets and are returning for the 2014 season!

 

 

Next we move into new colors and plant varieties that will be available for the coming season and we also discus the top hanging basket combinations from last year that were voted on by our customers.

 

We go over with you what varieties and colors go great together in baskets, and which do better by themselves. We also discuss which plants do better in very hot, windy, dry, or humid climates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once we have taught you everything you need to know…….its time for the fun part!! Choosing varieties and designing your baskets! We have multiple staff members and other industry professionals on hand to answer questions and help you choose the perfect pot size, plant varieties and colors for your baskets.  We draw up a custom planting sheet just for you, then we take that sheet and plant each basket by hand…put your name on it….send it out to a special greenhouse…then give it ALL the love and TLC it needs to be a true Bauman’s Farm & Garden Hanging Basket, the best baskets around!

 

 

 

A beautiful 12" mixed Calibrachoa Basket from 2013

 

 

 

We leave them in our greenhouses for a few months….then right around Mothers Day your baskets are ready to be picked up! All you have to do is give us a call when you are coming and we will have them ready to load into your car when you get here! You get to take home the baskets that you designed yourself, and we showered with TLC all spring! Everyone will be amazed and you will have the best baskets on the block!

 

 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the class! Again it is going to be held on Saturday February 6th at 10:00am and at 1:00pm. Please give us a call at 503-792-3524 to RSVP (not necessary but helps us to make sure we have enough space for everyone). And don’t forget the class is FREE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you then!

~Sarah

July 2nd

Hanging Basket Troubleshooting

Hello there!! Well we are in July now and we are getting to the point where you may be seeing some undesirable changes to your hanging baskets. Do you know what I’m talking about? Leaves may be yellowing, the plants may look a little gangly, or you might even have a beautiful green hanging baskets but NO BLOOMS!!

 

Whats going on you ask??

 

Am I doing something wrong?!?

 

No! We are just at the point of the summer where hanging baskets need a little extra TLC.

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March 21st

Spring Container Gardening Class

Next Saturday, March 29th at 1:00 we will be holding our annual spring container gardening class. In this class we will show you how to choose the perfect plants to create the perfect spring color patio container for your front porch or patio! This class is completely free to attend, so give us a call at 503-792-3524 and get signed up today!

 

If you want a sneak peek into what you will learn at the class…or will not be able to make it to the class, check out this spring planter ‘how to’ posting we created for you!

 

If you are like me….then you CANNOT wait for spring and summer to come….we are at the end of March now and I am just itching to see color start showing in my flower beds. Although its still too early to put any summer annuals out in the garden there are still things you can do to brighten up your outdoor space!

 

One of the quickest, easiest, & most beautiful ways to do that right now is early color container gardening! I went out in the greenhouse yesterday and asked Mary to help me put together a step by step guide so that you can plant your own colorful spring containers!

 

All of the products we used are available here at the farm and at other local nurseries :)  ….Lets get started!!!

 

First off…head on out to the nursery and pick up your supplies, you will need:

  • A container…any size/color will do
  • Plant material
  • Soil
  • & a pair of gardening gloves.

 

When choosing the plant material for your container be sure to think of these three things….. Thriller, Filler, & Spiller. These are the 3 most important parts to ANY container….

 

  1. First choose your thriller…this should be your eye catcher in your container and is usually the largest plant you choose; We have chosen the early spring blooming Senetti for ours.
  2. Next comes your spiller…..your spiller should be a plant that is going to ‘spill’ or trail over the edge of your pot. This gives the container a lot more character and depth. We have chosen a Vinca Vine
  3. Then lastly…your fillers. These are just what they sound like…plants to fill the remaining space in your container. We have chosen a mix of spring blooming bulbs for our pot…tulips, daffodils, & a hyacinth.

 

You are almost ready to start planting now….but first…..say it with me…. Thriller……Filler…… Spiller. Got it??? One more time, Thriller, Filler, & Spiller! Ok NOW you are ready to get planting!

 

To start, take your soil and fill your pot, leaving about 4″ at the top of the container

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

Next comes a VERY helpful tip….place your plants IN THEIR POTS into your container…by doing this you are able to figure out first of all how many plants you will need to fill your container, and second you can rearrange them to get the color combination & patterns that you like without damaging the roots.

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

Once you have decided on a design for your container it’s time to start planting! An easy way to get your plants out of their pot without harming them is to turn them upside down. Make sure to support the plant at the base….then a gentle squeeze and pull and the pot should pop right off!

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais ORSpring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

Sometimes as you are taking plants out of their pots you will discover that their roots have grown quite tightly along the edges of the pot…we call this a root ball….thats ok! What you need to do when you see this is to very carefully take your fingers and loosen up the ball. By loosening up the root ball you a re making it easier for the plant to extend its roots and establish itself in your container.

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais ORSpring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

Finish placing your last few plants into your container.

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

Once you have all of your plants in your container its time to fill it up….take your hand and gently lift up the foliage of your plants, take handfuls of soil and fill in the holes that are remaining in between your plants… Once you have all of your holes filled, make sure to give your container a good drink of water, this will help all of the plants settle into place.

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais ORSpring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

If you want to add the perfect finishing touch to your container….find a perfect little piece of garden art to add! We have chosen this super cute little ladybug. But you can also choose a seasonal decoration…maybe a little bunny or some colorful eggs for Easter, or a shamrock for St Patricks Day. This is a great way to add a really personal touch to your container.

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

Now all you have to do is place the pot by your front door and enjoy it!! That was easy wasn’t it!?!? Now lets all thank Mary for her help :)

 

“Thanks Mary!!!”

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

If you had good luck with this tutorial….check back in for more fun gardening ‘How To’s” throughout the year!

 

See you soon!

~Sarah

 

July 24th

Hanging Basket Troubleshooting

Hello there!! Well we are almost through July now and we are getting to the point where you may be seeing some undesirable changes to your hanging baskets??? Do you know what I’m talking about? Leaves may be yellowing, the plants may look a little gangly, or you might even have a beautiful green hanging baskets but NO BLOOMS!!

 

Whats going on you ask?? Am I doing something wrong?!? No! We are just at the point of the summer where hanging baskets need a little extra TLC.

(more…)

February 28th

How to Plant Your Own Spring Blooming Patio Container

If you are like me….then you CANNOT wait for spring and summer to come….we are at the end of February now and I am just completely itching to see color start showing in my flower beds. Although its still too early to put any summer annuals out in the garden there are still things you can do to brighten up your outdoor space!

 

One of the quickest, easiest, & most beautiful ways to do that right now is early color container gardening! I went out in the greenhouse yesterday and asked Mary to help me put together a step by step guide so that you can plant your own colorful spring containers!

 

All of the products we used are available here at the farm and at other local nurseries :)  ….Lets get started!!!

 

First off…head on out to the nursery and pick up your supplies, you will need:

  • A container…any size/color will do
  • Plant material
  • Soil
  • & a pair of gardening gloves.

 

When choosing the plant material for your container be sure to think of these three things….. Thriller, Filler, & Spiller. These are the 3 most important parts to ANY container….

 

  1. First choose your thriller…this should be your eye catcher in your container and is usually the largest plant you choose; We have chosen the early spring blooming Senetti for ours.
  2. Next comes your spiller…..your spiller should be a plant that is going to ‘spill’ or trail over the edge of your pot. This gives the container a lot more character and depth. We have chosen a Vinca Vine
  3. Then lastly…your fillers. These are just what they sound like…plants to fill the remaining space in your container. We have chosen a mix of spring blooming bulbs for our pot…tulips, daffodils, & a hyacinth.

 

You are almost ready to start planting now….but first…..say it with me…. Thriller……Filler…… Spiller. Got it??? One more time, Thriller, Filler, & Spiller! Ok NOW you are ready to get planting!

 

To start, take your soil and fill your pot, leaving about 4″ at the top of the container

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

Next comes a VERY helpful tip….place your plants IN THEIR POTS into your container…by doing this you are able to figure out first of all how many plants you will need to fill your container, and second you can rearrange them to get the color combination & patterns that you like without damaging the roots.

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

Once you have decided on a design for your container it’s time to start planting! An easy way to get your plants out of their pot without harming them is to turn them upside down. Make sure to support the plant at the base….then a gentle squeeze and pull and the pot should pop right off!

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais ORSpring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

Sometimes as you are taking plants out of their pots you will discover that their roots have grown quite tightly along the edges of the pot…we call this a root ball….thats ok! What you need to do when you see this is to very carefully take your fingers and loosen up the ball. By loosening up the root ball you a re making it easier for the plant to extend its roots and establish itself in your container.

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais ORSpring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

Finish placing your last few plants into your container.

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

Once you have all of your plants in your container its time to fill it up….take your hand and gently lift up the foliage of your plants, take handfuls of soil and fill in the holes that are remaining in between your plants… Once you have all of your holes filled, make sure to give your container a good drink of water, this will help all of the plants settle into place.

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais ORSpring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

If you want to add the perfect finishing touch to your container….find a perfect little piece of garden art to add! We have chosen this super cute little ladybug. But you can also choose a seasonal decoration…maybe a little bunny or some colorful eggs for Easter, or a shamrock for St Patricks Day. This is a great way to add a really personal touch to your container.

 

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

Now all you have to do is place the pot by your front door and enjoy it!! That was easy wasn’t it!?!? Now lets all thank Mary for her help :)

 

“Thanks Mary!!!”

Spring container planting tutorial @Bauman Farms in Gervais OR

If you had good luck with this tutorial….check back in for more fun gardening ‘How To’s” throughout the year!

 

I hope you are all having a great week!!!

 

~Sarah