If you live in a condo, apartment or simply have a small yard, you can still have a beautiful garden full of flowers, herbs and veggies
How-to Start Beautiful and Flavorful Container Gardens
By Chris Lambton
- Ideal for deadheading, trimming, shaping and other quick snips on small plants
- Awarded the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of UseSM Commendation for a design that’s ideal for people with arthritis or limited hand strength
- Easy Action™ spring-action design gently opens blades after each cut to help reduce hand fatigue
- Fully hardened, precision-ground stainless steel blades stay sharp, even through heavy use
- Softgrip® touchpoints enhance comfort and control
- Easy-open lock protects the blades during transport and storage
- Included blade cover protects the blades when not in use
- Length: approximately 6"
- Full lifetime warranty
- Micro-Tip® Pruning Snips
- Ideal for transplanting small plants and flowers
- Extra-large handle with Softgrip® provides exceptional grip and comfort
- Extra-large polished cast-aluminum head with serrated edge resists rust and cuts through tough turf
- Gradation marks on the blade make measuring depth easy
- Durable design won’t break
- Handle hang hole provides easy storage
- Full lifetime warranty
- Big Grip Transplanter (400S)
Awarded the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of UseSM Commendation, our pruning snip makes quick, precise cuts virtually effortless.
Take on transplanting tasks with a tool that’s as durable as it is comfortable.
colorful pots of varying sizes
a mix of plants, herbs, flowers
Having a garden is a great way to bring life, texture, fragrance, and color into any size area.
Before you get started, get your supplies ready
• potting mix
• colorful pots of varying sizes
• a mix of plants
• Fiskars cultivating tools
Getting your pots ready
First, I fill the pots about ¾ of the way with potting mix using my Big Grip Trowel. With its oversized scoop, I can get large amounts of planting mix into the pots with each transfer.
Then, I use my Softouch® Micro-Tip Pruning Snips to open the plastic packaging. This allows me to remove the plants without damaging the root structure. They are perfect for quick snips like this, as well as for deadheading and trimming, once the plants are potted.
Now it’s time to start planting! Using the Big Grip Transplanter, I measure how deep I need to make the hole for each plant. This is easy with the built in gradation marks on the shovel.
I planted the other pots with an assortment of flowers and veggies. I brought in color, not only with the flowers, but also with the pots. I decided to plant one container as a caprese salad garden. I put a tomato plant in the middle and surrounded it with basil. I added marigolds for color and to complement the other plantings. The marigolds can help ward off tomato pests, add to the tomato's flavor and add color to the pot!
I finish off the planting step by watering my plants with my Easy-Pour Watering Can. It is important to water these newly transplanted plants twice daily for the first few weeks.
Designing with your Pots
When planting was finished, I placed each pot on the stairs of the deck and on the outdoor dining table to fill the space with color. The planted pots act as great centerpieces and bring color on varying levels of the deck. The great thing about having these plants in pots is that you can move them around if needed for parties or due to sun or shade requirements.
Once the potted plants are placed in the desired spots, I come back with my Softouch® Micro-Tip Pruning Snips and cut off any dead leaves or broken branches that occurred during the planting process. It is important to do this as it allows the plants to focus their energy on new, healthy growth. Plus, it doesn’t take any time at all with the spring action design because it opens after each cut.
Just step back, and enjoy the scenery. You have now brought life, color and beauty to your backyard space!