I DO NOT consider myself to be a gardener and I actually have a reputation for killing plants. However, that doesn't stop me from trying. Every summer I plant some flowers and maybe a few vegetables and do my best to keep them alive. My biggest downfall is remembering and/or taking the time to water them. Then around the middle of August I start to get really sick of the whole thing and kind of wait around for them to die. Ha!
So even though I'm not a great gardener, there are a few tricks I've learned along the way that I'd like to share with you.
TIP #1. I love hanging baskets, but I don't love the plastic holders they come in when you buy them. Instead, I prefer a metal hanging planter with a moss insert. What I typically do is cut off the plastic hanger and then put the entire plastic pot inside the moss insert. I think it looks nicer and it's super easy.
TIP #2. If you have a tall pot or a large pot it can take a LOT of potting soil to fill it up. Instead, I fill the bottom portion of the pot with plastic bottles, and then pour the soil over that. The plastic bottles fill up some of the space but still offer the necessary drainage. Since the plastic bottles are light, they help to keep the pot from being to heavy which is nice if you want to move them around.
Tip #3. I like to do my potting on my driveway, which allows for easy clean-up. However, if you have large pots it can be hard to move them once they are full. I found that a great option is to place the empty pots in a wagon (or something else with wheels) so that it's easier to move them into place. Another benefit is that it makes the pots a little bit more accessible and lessens back pain from bending over.
Those are my TIPS. What's your best gardening secret?