Happily, Home Goods came out with their garden center a weekend ago and when my mom came to visit, I told her we had to go. Right as we walked in, this big, gray blue pot screamed my name and was priced at only $40.
Now, big pots like these can be a money pit when it comes to soil, but not when your super awesome master gardener mom is in town!
(Note: This project helps if you have a beer drinking honey stuck in your house)
First, drag out your recycling bin.
Fill up about 2/3 of your pot (potted plants don't need much space for roots) with your assorted bottles.
Then, we put down a paper bag to keep soil from just falling between the cracks.
After your pot is prepared, pour in your potting soil- if you're not using your pot for food, feel free to use Miracle Grow (I don't recommend chemically enhancing your green beans, but you know, whatever floats your boat.)
When potting plants, make sure you plant them level with their root ball. If it has a 3 inch root ball, only plant them three inches deep. For our pot, we used a papyrus plant and different kinds of begonias, which are all awesome porch plants as they love the shade.
Waddle you pot over to where you want it and enjoy the view!
While we had the potting spoil out, we also planted our hanging baskets. We scored these iron baskets at Lowe's for $4 a piece (which are cheaper than the plastic ones at Target) and match our house numbers.
We planted some perky Tuberous Begonia (orange), 3 or 4 dark blue Lobelia, and a white feathery thingy...because that's the technical term and I can't remember.
The flowers certainly help with the curb appeal while we wait for the weather to dry out to paint the front porch. I love potting plants because they are instant gratification.
Do you guys have any hints for potting plants?