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Tuesday, August 18, 2009


three appliances above designed by J. Franklin Styer Nursery

Drill, cut, poke or burn drainage holes, or take advantage of the openings already there. Add potting soil. You have a container for garden plants.At the end of last summer, Other Ellen had a Cotoneaster that she had dug up and needed to discard. I grabbed it but it was too late for me to plant so I shoved it in a heavy plastic garbage bag, cut some holes, in the bottom for drainage. You see it this spring in full bloom. I learned this trick from OE's book, "Down & Dirty" where she planted a tomato directly in a bag of Pro-Mix and grew it on, with the bag full of dirt as container. Pretty, no: effective, yes.The commercial form of a black plastic bag filled with potting soil is covered by the impatiens above.When I needed a colorful container for these Torenia, I grabbed one from my set of plastic trugs, and poked drainage holes in the bottom. Since Torenia are annuals, at the end of the season I reclaimed my trug for its original use of lugging stuff.
Just a little soil in a crevasse and you have a natural container, at least until the heat destroys the pansies.

Oy vez! These stiletto heels and pointy toes will destroy my feet no more. (Nancy Goldman design)


Georgia said...

Here's one from Berkeley - http://www.localecology.org/images/berkeley_eclecticplanter_1.jpg.

Ellen Spector Platt said...

I wonder what the US Mail thinks about the address label.

Shady Gardener said...

Someone has been having a LOT of fun thinking of ways to display their beautiful flowers. Thanks for the post! I have never tried those plastic pouches, but I may have to do this next year.

Ellen Spector Platt said...

Shady Lady,My granddaughters help me scout what's new and different as we walk around New York City. Lots to laugh about in containers and otherwise.

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