logo
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#938464 09/09/23 07:35 AM
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,060
Likes: 5
L
Parakeet
OP Offline
Parakeet
L
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,060
Likes: 5
Hello Everyone - I hope you are all in the pink as we say.

What does your container garden look like when the weather is kind and the season has been managed? Do you have or use any props like garden signs, or totem poles or signposts or mosaic pots or stepping stones or pot finishes or other 'hardware' like pebble surrounds or daisy circles and so on?

I have seen many different designs from a straight line of matching pots to pots going up entrance staircases to big singleton pots to themed pots to charming layouts that make the most of the container garden space.

Please share your ideas even if you don't have anything special. Of course ANYone with ANY kind of container is special ... but we don't always think so.

My plants are my friends, I couldn't imagine life without them!

Cheers now


Lestie Mulholland
Container Gardening Editor

Contain your Delight - it's easy!
Sponsored Post Advertisement
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,060
Likes: 5
L
Parakeet
OP Offline
Parakeet
L
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,060
Likes: 5
Hiya All,

I am going to make three totem poles for my patch so I thought I would do some internet enquiries for 'how to' and inspiration. There are many designs and styles and materials and colours and patterns ... darn, I will have to choose my muse then get to it. I fancy some writing prompts on the poles with a decorative surround so that when I sit sipping tea and considering what to do next with my containers, I will also have something to meditate on. Wish me luck!

Cheers


Lestie Mulholland
Container Gardening Editor

Contain your Delight - it's easy!
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 7,181
Likes: 52
A
Chimpanzee
Offline
Chimpanzee
A
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 7,181
Likes: 52
I saw this on Farmer's Almanac. Granted it is Fall here in the states..
https://blog.jungseed.com/fall-container-garden-planter-ideas

Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,060
Likes: 5
L
Parakeet
OP Offline
Parakeet
L
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,060
Likes: 5
Hi Angie and Everyone,

WOW! What a fantastic site you refer to above - there is tons of wonderful information on all sorts of subjects, lovely ideas and super detail to teach and remind us about.

I hope everbody who celebrates Thanksgiving had a wonderful time, and if you get into the fray of Black Friday, I hope you found a bargain or two.

I am going to go back onto that site and see what new tricks I can pick up.

Have you written your letter to Santa yet?

Cheers for now, speak again soon,


Lestie Mulholland
Container Gardening Editor

Contain your Delight - it's easy!
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 7,181
Likes: 52
A
Chimpanzee
Offline
Chimpanzee
A
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 7,181
Likes: 52
My son gave me a tiered shelf system, Lestie. I put some pots in the tiers but with the hot sun it's going to be tough keeping the soil moist. I used 5"x5" pots but I am not sure what the best system would be. Should I use pots for the herbs or should I fill the tiers with dirt. The tiers are about 6" deep.

Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,060
Likes: 5
L
Parakeet
OP Offline
Parakeet
L
Joined: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,060
Likes: 5
Hi Angie and all,

Greetings!

You could do either because moisture is the watchpoint not the positioning of pots. With the hot sun, all small containers need to be watered daily as a general rule, though it will also depend on where they are placed - in shade or behind other plants or hanging and so on.

I would try one of three things.

Line your pots with 1/2 inch thick newspaper (not glossy pages) and not the bottoms of the pots. You can do this (line) for the tiered shelf system too, and then place the pots as you will. Obviously fill the system and the pots with good potting soil and wet throughly before planting. Let the water soak into the newpaper. Then plant whatever. This would be my best option for you, though you still have to water all. The newspaper retains water and keeps the plant cool. It also breaks down so you may need to reline your pots yearly or so.

If you are choosing herbs go for the hot sunny patch ones including Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, Mint (spreads like crazy), Dill, Oreganum, Thyme and Sage ... they are all sunny fellows.

The other thing you could do is perhaps more fussy and not suitable here, but you can have a bucket of water with cotton wicks planted alongside your individual potted plants, with a tail in the container of water. The wick draws up the water and will ensure that the plants are moist (though I am not sure that this will be enough in v v hot sun).

Have you heard of or seen Olla pots? You pronounce it Oya by the way. It's an unglazed ceramic pot/item/ornament or bottle i.e. made from porous clay. You fill it with water and bury next to your garden plant, and the olla allows water to seep slowly into the soil to be drawn up by the roots as needed. Home made examples of this is to bury a cold drink bottle which you have pricked with holes and filled with water which then leaks into the soil slowly. The size of your pots that you describe above are maybe too small for this option, but still. I wrote an article on Olla Pots - please look it up, it covers the subject very well. Some garden shops may have fun ornaments made like olla pots (frogs and faeries and gnomes and so on.)

Good luck Angie, watering is so important as you know, and garden time is precious ... keeps us sane!

Cheers now


Lestie Mulholland
Container Gardening Editor

Contain your Delight - it's easy!
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 7,181
Likes: 52
A
Chimpanzee
Offline
Chimpanzee
A
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 7,181
Likes: 52
I really like the newspaper idea. I will try it. I'll keep you posted.

I have basil and parsley and lavender. Until I figured out a way to keep it a bit more moist I put off getting additional plants. The newspaper is a great idea. Thank you, Lestie.


Moderated by  Lestie - ContainerGardens 

Link Copied to Clipboard
Brand New Posts
Psalm for the day
by Angie - 06/19/24 09:50 PM
Decorative Machine Buttonholes
by Cheryl - Sewing Editor - 06/19/24 04:49 PM
Inspiration Quote
by Angie - 06/19/24 10:13 AM
Girl 27 - New Film Review
by Angela - Drama Movies - 06/16/24 04:13 PM
2024 - on this day in the past ...
by Angie - 06/15/24 09:22 PM
New Film From "Blackfish" Director
by Angela - Drama Movies - 06/14/24 06:31 PM
Fun Western Wear
by Cheryl - Sewing Editor - 06/12/24 03:50 PM
Curiosity and Learning
by Angie - 06/11/24 08:37 PM
A Designed Container Garden
by Angie - 06/11/24 08:24 PM
Amaryillis for a Regal Container
by Lestie4containergardens - 06/11/24 07:13 AM
Sponsor
Safety
We take forum safety very seriously here at BellaOnline. Please be sure to read through our Forum Guidelines. Let us know if you have any questions or comments!
Privacy
This forum uses cookies to ensure smooth navigation from page to page of a thread. If you choose to register and provide your email, that email is solely used to get your password to you and updates on any topics you choose to watch. Nothing else. Ask with any questions!


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2022 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5