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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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Gardening on the Up and Up

Categories: Whimsy.

It is pouring of rain today, so what a great opportunity to sort through photos that I took over the past 2 days … that were perfect weather days for being outside. My gardening is on the up and up … with tipsy pots and buckets and ladder planters. My tipsy pots and buckets have been doing really well this year, probably from the rain that is making them grow and grow.       The tipsy buckets, first year for this up and up gardening, was planted with petunias, some creeping jenny and some wandering jew in the south
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How Do You Do That?

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

Tipsy Pots – How do you do that? Lots of visitors to the house ask this question.  I’d like them all to think I’m a genius at stacking the pots but there is an invisible secret.  I’d also like to tell them it is my idea, but it isn’t.  It is found on many garden sites and blogs.   The secret is the piece of rebar, or a long metal rod that can be pushed into the ground at least  30 cm. to 45 cm.   Slot the first pot over the rod (through the center hole) and down to
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There’s a Hole in my Bucket

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

There’s actually more than a hole in one of the buckets … the bottom is totally rusted out.  That gives a whole new meaning to the bottomless pit concept.   Then I have 3 other buckets that each have 4 holes in them.  Another couple of buckets are perfectly fine … but along comes the drill and there is a hole in my bucket!! In other years I’ve just used the buckets to grow plants in … from geraniums to peas. But this year, along came a piece of rebar and those buckets became tipsy. The rebar was hammered into
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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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