It’s been a rainy May and my garden currently has standing water between the beds. Which means nothing is really growing; everything has kind of just stalled waiting for sunlight.
This made me realize that perhaps it’s time to redirect my gardening efforts to making planters.
Establishing planters has never been my gift and I always feel like I’m wasting money purchasing plants only to watch them wither as the season moves forward.
Things are about to change because I’ve decided to take a new approach.
I was at the nursery the other day and couldn’t help notice the clearance plants.
There were six racks loaded with plants that needed a little trimming and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
I purchased this bundle of plants for $12.00.
Before I ran off looking for a container I took a few minutes to clean up these plants. This included cutting off broken branches and any expired blooms. Then I water each one so their soil was nice and most transplanting.
This container was a gift one Christmas; it was filled with an assortment of fancy snack foods. It’s been sitting in the backyard collecting water so I emptied the container, grabbed my handy drill and quickly added some holes for drainage.
One thing I know about container planting is that it must have good drainage.
Ways to Address Drainage
There are a couple things that are easy tips to improve container drainage.
- Add rocks to the bottom of the planter before adding soil; I was told lava rocks work best.
- Make sure drainage holes are present in the container; I drilled a total of eight in this tin container.
- Something else I’ve used in the bottom of my containers is retired luffa sponges; they will eventually recycle back into the soil but it takes a long time.
I love a naturally grown product that has purpose even when it may be expired in the eye of others.
Planting the Container
After incorporating drainage options add a good mixture of organic soil filling the container about half way.
Placing the plants is where I normally seem to mess up so this time I started from the center and worked my way to the edges.
I didn’t over crowd each plant variety but I also didn’t leave things so they looked sparse. Sometimes you have to find a happy medium and remember plants need room to grow.
Once it was finished I placed in the center of the picnic table in our backyard. Even though it’s still raining I can peak through the window and see a bit of beauty.
Remember gardening doesn’t have to break the bank and sometimes a little color on a dreary day can remind you that warm temperatures are not that far away.
Next month I’ll be sharing how to fertilize planters so they continue growing naturally through the summer.