Gardening Etcetera: Forget the beds, try container gardening | Home and Garden

Now, let’s move on to ornamentals and choices for pots or containers. If you plan on leaving your pots outside during our frigid winters, I recommend and have always used Vietnamese ceramic pots. Stone containers are also freeze-tolerant and come in many shapes and sizes but are quite cumbersome. Plastic ones could break when cold, and the same for terra cotta. Whatever container you choose, be certain there’s a drainage hole at the bottom.

Be creative—many garden and household objects may become plant containers. A child’s old, red wagon looks radiant, as well as whimsical when overflowing with annuals such as petunias and oregano—yes, you can intermingle herbs with flowers. Or, find an old coat rack, set it out on your patio, and hang baskets or old purses brimming with flowers and herbs on the arms. Colorful veggies like ruby Swiss chard and purple kohlrabi are lovely, as well as edible.

Don’t worry too much if the plant label says “full sun”. In Northern Arizona, we receive a higher intensity of light rays than folks in other parts of the country, so five hours of sunlight may be sufficient.

As spring heads into summer, you can easily replace your potted

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Forget Lowe’s, Home Depot Is a Better Home-Improvement Stock

The home-improvement industry has been surging as the coronavirus pandemic has forced so many people to spend more time at home. Not only are they noticing more projects that need to be done, but since the home now needs to be an office, a school, and an entertainment center, they need to upgrade or overhaul existing spaces. On top of all that, data shows that more families are deciding to move out of cities and into suburbs — which means out of apartments and into houses.

While the changes in consumer behavior during the pandemic were good for the home-improvement industry overall, some companies are better equipped to take advantage than others. Here is why Home Depot (NYSE:HD) is a better way to invest in this change than Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW)

A Home Depot storefron.

Image source: Home Depot.


The outlook is bright for both Home Depot and Lowe’s, as consumers’ spending on their homes continues to take a larger share of overall spending. And while vaccinations against the coronavirus are under way, it may be a long time until everything is back to normal. That will give home-improvement retailers several more quarters of substantial revenue increases.

Moreover, one of the lasting consequences

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