Hancock County Seniors Center


I spent a pleasant morning at the Hancock County Seniors Center in Bay St. Louis yesterday.  Over 40 folks were interested in learning about container gardening.  We put together a quick and easy herb garden…all contained in a single strawberry pot!

We also did a big bowl of sun coleus.  ‘Electric Lime” was a popular variety.  I trimmed all the plants before potting them up.  The gardeners in the room anxiously grabbed up the cuttings to take home to root.

Just for fun I assembled a “Cheater’s Container”.  I used a small galvanized tub with a handle.  In it I placed a couple of coleus plants and a dusty miller in the middle.  Topping it off with some Spanish moss will give it a finishing touch.  It’s a great example of how everyday household objects can be turned into an instant garden!


About veggiedr

Christine is an Associate Research and Extension Professor of Urban Horticulture at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS. She works as the resident scientist at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit in Perry County, MS. Her research interests include urban agriculture, backyard farming, container gardening, high tunnel production, local foods, horticultural therapy, green roofs, and small farm issues. Christine is passionate about feeding people and growing farmers.

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