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What you need:
  • Assorted 4" annuals
  • Potting soil
  • Time release fertilizer
  • Gravel or crock
  • Large ceramic or plastic container

Add about a 1/2 inch of gravel to the bottom of the container to aid with drainage. Next, fill the container about 3/4 of the way up with soil. Arrange your annuals in the container. Keep low growing varieties towards the front of the container and more vertically growing varieties towards the back.
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Water all the plants thoroughly and remove them from their pots.
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Scoop back a handful of soil and position each plant so that the root ball is 1/2 inch below the container's rim.
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Once planted, firm the soil around the sides and corners to eliminate any air pockets.
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Add a little slow release fertilizer to the container and water thoroughly.