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Monday, October 3, 2011

Planter Boxes and a Great Giveaway

Okay, so how lucky am I?  I have a great friend, Marijke, who owns a local nursery, Grower's Outlet. Years ago, my husband built four planter boxes to go under our garage windows. I've planted them, each season.  I have to be honest, they've never been planted well... until now!  I asked Marijke for advice.  She told me I needed a thriller, a spiller, and a filler plant to complete my window boxes. She also suggested specific plants for my fall planting.
The thriller(Viola), Spiller(Asiatic Jasmine), and Filler(Sweet Flag).

First, I started with the liners of the planter boxes. 

I positioned the thriller, spiller, and filler plants in to make sure each box was well balanced and filled. I finally decided I liked the above arrangement of the plants. Doing this ahead of time allowed me to see what the final product would look like and make changes before it became a mess.

I lined the four boxes up and filled them halfway with potting soil.

I then poured 1/3 cup of fertilizer in each box. I also added some pellets, Marijke gave me, that absorb water so you don't have to worry about your plants drying out as much.

I added more soil and mixed it up well.

I then planted the plants and filled in the rest of the box with soil. I finished up by watering the boxes well.

Here's two of the four planter boxes.

Here's a close up. Please ignore my finger.

If you live in the Atlanta area, and haven't visited Grower's Outlet, I encourage you to do so.  The plants are the highest quality, the prices are amazingly inexpensive, and the free advice is priceless!  Marijke offered to do a giveaway for our local followers.  She's giving a $25 gift card to one of you. Here's how you can enter to win:

Leave a separate comment for each entry:
1) Visit the Grower's Outlet website and tell us what you'd spend your $25 on.
2) Follow Our Seven Dwarfs on facebook and tell us you do.
3) Follow Our Seven Dwarfs on Blogger and tells us you do.
4) Subscribe to Our Seven Dwarfs by email or RSS feed and tell us you do.

Good luck! You have until Saturday night, at midnight (EST) to enter.  We'll announce the winner Sunday morning.
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  1. I would get crazy with buying bulbs!

  2. I follow you on Facebook! (But this post never came up for me on FB. Wonky new FB...)

  3. I follow you on email!

  4. I would select Dianthus Firewitch to replace th ones I lost in my bed borders. (My hubby thought it would be easier to cut the tops off by mowing over them....needless to say, they didn't come back this year. Grrr!)

  5. I am not too Facebook savvy...I liked you, but does that follow you on Facebook now?

  6. I would buy a tree or bush to plant.

  7. I like you on facebbook

  8. I folloow you in google

  9. I subscribe via email.

  10. Sigh! I love window boxes! Great job! Found you via Beyond the Picket Fence. Toodles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/10/chest.html

  11. Target also has these awesome LED light branches to put in the background in the winter months so you can enjoy them at night too!


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