Pots

Large planters look great but unfortunately take lots of soil and are hard to move.  When planting this spring, fill the container with polystyrene chips or empty water bottles.  Leave space at the top for 8-10 inches of soil.

One great way to reduce the need to water wooden and terra-cotta planters is to line them with garbage bags and cut a drainage hole in the bottom.  This should reduce your need to water by about half.

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4 Responses to “Pots”

  1. Stacy Millard Says:

    I am loving the tips on this blog! I’ll definitely be using lots of them this spring/summer.

  2. ketchrin Says:

    I live north. how do you over winter these? zone 5/6

    • Ottawa Garden Design Says:

      Hello,
      Thanks for your question.
      When choosing a pot for a Northern climate I would suggest choosing one that is made with a fiber glass content in it. In my experience the fiberclay pot works well; they seem to stand up the best to change in temperatures. Fill the bottom part of the planter with packing peanuts (foam chips), they will help to absorb some of the changes in temperature and will reduce the pot swelling and cracking. Add your potting mixture to the top.
      In the pot that features the hosta’s, we usually dig the hosta back into the ground in the fall. The pot is then re-used for fall arrangements and winter arrangements.
      Hope these tips help. Enjoy!

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