Archives for Container Gardening

Winter Greenery for the Pots

Categories: Container Gardening.

  It has been that time of year … fill the empty pots and containers with greenery to add interest for the winter.   I did things a bit differently this year and didn’t fill the two biggest pots because of their location.  One is right beside the driveway and gets covered in snow from the snow blower.  The other in on the north corner and gets filled in with the blowing snow. By the garage the wire baskets were replaced with metal hanging hooks so that meant a bit of a change in what goes there.  I took two
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New Life for an Old Birdcage

Categories: Container Gardening, Garden Projects, and Succulents.

I’ve had an old birdcage collecting dust in the garage for ages and ages.  At the beginning of the season I dusted it off and decided to give it some new life as a planter.  In a quick fix I just added a pot of petunias, but knew that wasn’t what I really wanted to do with it.
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The Craf-tea Cup Planters

Categories: Container Gardening, Craf-tea, Garden Projects, and Whimsy.

I love to plant in containers other than flower pots.    Repurpose those chipped or cracked teacups into little planters.The ladder planter has a collection of old teacups, teapots, tea kettles, bowls and dishes that I plant in.  Most are planted with succulents. If the succulent is in a plastic flower pot and then inside a container I will sink the pot into the ground to over winter it.  If the plant is directly into the container then I store it in the garage over the winter.  Winter in my part of Canada can be very cold and if these
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WaterDots for Planters

Categories: Container Gardening.

Recently I was the lucky winner of a bag of WaterDots from Judith at Lavender Cottage.  This is a new product that you use in your planters to help stop them from drying out quickly. WaterDots are made by a Canadian company and you can find all the information on their website.  They hold 10 times their weight in water and keep the soil hydrated. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package for optimal use. First you soak them in water.  Then you mix them in with the soil at the bottom of your pots.  I divided my bagful
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Reuse, Recycle, Re-invent

Categories: Container Gardening, Craf-tea, and Whimsy.

Earth Day should be every day, so why not reuse, recycle and re-invent new ways to pot up your plants this year.  It’s time to think outside the pot. Years ago I acquired an old metal washing machine tub.  It is full of natural drainage and can easily be moved to anywhere in the garden.  I’ve planted many things in this tub from veggies to plants.  This big pot of nasturtiums is one of my favourites. I’m very craf-tea and love old kettles, teapots, and tea cups.  They do take a bit more maintenance but are worth it. These are displayed each
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Think Outside the Pot!

Categories: Container Gardening and Succulents.

I love to plant in all sorts of things and not just flower pots.   You just have to let your imagination get creative and you can find all sorts of things to plant in around the house, at flea markets, at garage sales and in thrift stores.   The containers can be big or small depending on the type of plant you want to put in it. One of my favourites is an old washing machine tub that my husband brought home one day.  It already had lots of its own drainage holes.  Now when it is filled with
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