brick garden columns that double as plant stands
Photo: Mark Lohman
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Better with Age

Q: Do I need to replace container soil every year?

A: Soil in your garden is thousands of years old, but it still grows things because it gets enriched. Treat container soil the same way. Some of mine is 30 years old, but every year I add compost. And every year, my container plants grow and thrive, creating a little tropical paradise around my house.

Shown: The brick reappears in garden columns, which double as plant stands and provide a richly colored backdrop for bright yellow and purple blooms.
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