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Container tips: • Make sure to choose a container that will accommodate plants at their mature sizes. • Never use saucers, as they invite insects and impede drainage. • Select plants with similar light and water requirements. • Never use soil from the garden; it can harbor diseases and weed seeds and is too heavy for pots. Instead, use a soilless potting mixture that contains a combination of peat moss, perlite, vermiculite, nutrients, limestone and, if available, fast- and slow-release fertilizers. • Fertilize when planting (but not if potting mixture contains fertilizer) and again six to eight weeks later. • Deadhead spent flowers and remove discolored or damaged leaves once a week. • Periodically check for disease and insects. Like this photo gallery? Send it to your family, friends and favorite bloggers by clicking here. More Gardening 101 : Step-by-step how-tos for a great garden, from Jessica Damiano, Newsday's Garden Detective.(Credit: Photo by Howard Schnapp)

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We visited with Diane Burczyk at Hicks Nurseries in Wesbury for a demonstration on planting thrillers, fillers and spillers. By Jessica Damiano.