Gardening: Host a Pottying Party!
Potting all your plants at the beginning of the season is always exciting because it gives you an idea of what your garden and landscaping is going to look like in a month or two when the flowers have filled out. Doing the work with a group of people, new and seasoned gardeners alike, in a potting party is always so much more fun. When a group of people come together to do anything, there is always the potential to learn something new, so you might just end up with entirely different flower combinations or a new trick to make everything bloom longer and faster.
Use these tips to host your very own flower potting party this spring and get your best friends out for a day of fun.
Finding a Space
We all know how messy potting flowers with just one can get, so make sure you have more than enough space available for anyone that you plan on inviting. Each person will need about a tables worth of their own space, unshared, so empty out the garage or dedicate an entire patio for three to four gardeners.
Decide What Supplies You Supply
Most gardeners are very specific about the type of plants, soil and fertilizer they want to use in their pots, so don’t assume that they will just be using what you have. However, since the idea of a potting party is to invite individuals of all abilities, you want to be able to provide the basic supplies to those friends that show up having no clue what supplies they need or how to pot a plant at all. A good, basic potting soil that can be amended, hand shovels and a few extra pots, in addition to tables, tarps and work gloves are all the supplies you need.
Decide on a Theme
Unless you just want to have a general potting party, where friends come over to get the job done in the company of others, try to come up with a theme. The theme can be centered around a color, type of flower or any other planting idea. For a themed potting party try to provide one flower for the ladies to design their pot around, letting them fill in with other flowers of their choice. The gift of a flower ties the whole party together and gives everyone a start on their potting for the season.
Encourage Everyone to Share
The best thing about gardening and gardeners is that they are always sharing tips and tricks for keeping their plants looking better than they did last season. Make sure everyone is sharing and telling a little bit about why they are planting the flowers they have chosen. Potting specific plants can be for personal reasons or done out of simple garden maintenance, but you might be surprised by the details and stories you get out of people.