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Early Spring Gardening Checklist

Checkbox-imagePLANT PANSIES

Liven up your flowerbeds, containers, windowboxes, windowsill pots and tablescapes with some colorful, frost resistant pansies. Jack’s Bloom Booster will help keep plants healthy.

Checkbox-imageWALK YOUR YARD

The last couple of years have been tough on our landscapes. Walk your yard and if you see anything questionable, take a photo or bring in a sample and we can help.


Schedule a one-on-one consult at the garden center to get you going in the right direction. Find out more to find the plan that’s right for you. Great for one small area or to revitalize your entire yard.

Checkbox-imageSTOP WEEDS

A fresh layer of Altum’s Hardwood Mulch is a quick and natural defense against weeds. Check this out for tips on figuring out how much you need.

Checkbox-imageSTOP CRABGRASS

Between now and May 1st, apply Crabgrass Preventer to crabgrass.

Checkbox-imageFILL IN THE BLANKS

Reseed and reestablish with seed created especially for Indiana lawns (Execu-Turf). Fertilome Starter Fertilizer will support your seed for a healthy start.

Checkbox-imageFEED YOUR PLANTS

Give your trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs some much-needed attention with All Purpose Fertilizer 10-10-10.


Vegetables like asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb and spinach will grow well on cool days and take light frost. Start here for everything you need to know on starting your veggie garden.


And while you’re still spending more time indoors than out, rummage around in your kitchen, basement or garage for a vintage, sparkling or special container like a covered cake stand, cookie or apothecary jar or flea market vase (it can be covered or open). Find out how to build yours , create yours at The Potting Bar or come see us for everything you need.

Checkbox-imageTAKE A CLASS

Instant inspiration, gorgeous make & takes and great time spent with friends. Check out our upcoming workshops and Make & Takes and save your spot.

Let’s grow together. Stop in, call 317.733.GROW and find what you need online.

The Potting Bar at Altum’s

Welcome to The Potting Bar

The Altum’s Potting Bar is a place where you can pot at your own pace, in your own space and we’ll clean up the mess. Everything you need is within reach, including soil by the scoop, flowers, grasses, mini shrubs, even veggies and herbs.

Who is The Potting Bar for and how does it work?

The Potting Bar is for you.

Seriously, there is no pedigree and no performance anxiety.
We have these simple steps posted to help you along the way, but we encourage free spirits:

  • START WITH A CONTAINER that fits the occasion, the environment and your style. BYOC or choose from classics and eclectic new arrivals
  • FILL WITH GOOD POTTING SOIL like our house-brewed custom blend by the scoop
  • MIX IN A DASH of Start’n’Grow fertilizer
  • ADD FLOWERS, HERBS & VEGGIES that are fresh and locally grown
  • GARNISH with decorative mulch or moss
  • MAKE IT YOURS with pot stakes that allow you to add color, texture or handwritten messages
  • GRAB A CART to check out and you can always ask for help to your car

When can I use it?

If Altum’s is open, The Potting Bar is open.

One note: Our popular Make & Take workshops are held at The Potting Bar most Saturday mornings and early afternoons in spring and fall. Join us for one! To learn more about the Make & Take schedule and sign up for something you like check here. For a little you-time zen, we’d recommend coming any other day or time.

What should I bring?

Just you and maybe a friend.

Possibly a photo from Pinterest or Instagram, but really just your imagination.
We’ll supply the tools, flowers and plants and you can choose from our handpicked selection of containers in all sizes and colors. Or you can bring yours from home.