Ok for starters, who here placed an extra order for rain? I mean, really. My Wellies have become my everyday shoes and each step is accompanied by a sloshing sound. Coupled by some epic bad hair days and our bath towels not really drying out, I’ve been determined to plow through and do some planting just the same. Here are a few garden tips, tricks and hacks that I have conjured up.
Before I planted my vegetable garden, just like last year I mixed worm castings into the soil. I’m telling you straight from my mouth, this is the best organic garden fertilizer ever. I wrote about it here. Not just valuable in your vegetable garden, the castings work well on your house plants, and any plants you have in planters around your yard. Speaking of planters…..
Whenever I walk around flea markets and hit up estate sales and tag sales, I’m looking for concrete planters. Well, any good looking planter that catches my eye, really. I like to place them around our yards with boxwoods and other “deer resistant” plants. Something about planters gives a wanted elevation to garden beds and my rule of thumb is the more the merrier. However, said concrete planters come with a price tag whether you’re buying from random tag sales or not. Still, I’m a firm believer that every town, city or village comes with a home box store that has some good looking faux concrete planters. Here is why I’m a fan.
Obviously cost. I have yet to spend over $20 on my planters and all except for four, are faux. Spending right around $14, they size up to fit the bill and stand up to severe weather. Done and done.
So how about those gorgeous Grecian urns that are flooding the garden design catalogs? Here is a great hack for those: stack two faux planters. What I did here was turn one planter upside down and stack another right on top, bringing height and beauty to our patio sitting area.
And here’s another good tip to think about when planting those planters: If you decide to plant something like I did here, hasta, keep in mind that this is like salad for deer. Be sure to display the planters in areas that deer won’t approach and graze. Nothing is fool proof, but if you have a boy or two in your household, when the neighbors aren’t looking, have them pee on the hasta. Sounds a little eww, but it deters the deer and certainly liberates the dudes. Just saying. A little tip, from me to you.
And if you have a small planter that looks a little worse for wear, go ahead a spray on some “stone looking” spray paint. Found widely at the home box stores and hobby stores, the stone spray paint is an epic game changer. And look no further than under a tree or on a roof for some moss to plant. Simply take a putty knife and carefully scrape the moss from the surface and place directly over the top of the dirt in the planter. Spray on water daily with a bottle mister and you’ve got an instant green pot. Easy peasy.