There is a Mennonite community fairly close to my home (within 30 miles) so I am able to get some beautiful produce and plants for very reasonable prices! They also hold an auction where they sell produce and plants. It’s fun just to go to the auction but it’s a great place to get deals. My mom and I always go together because when you purchase from the auction you are getting larger quantities. We got strawberries last week and after splitting them we still each had 8 quarts!
I got a great deal on some daisies and a couple of hanging plants as well this last week. I needed to transplant the daisies so I grabbed some boxes I had from past plantings and a large tub that we had.
The boxes had a hole in the center, while this is great for drainage it’s also a place where dirt can seep through. An easy fix is to place 2-4 coffee filters over the hole. They are still light enough water can run through if necessary but they will hold the dirt in.
A great filler so you don’t have to use as much dirt is pine cones. I broke them up since my boxes were shallow but I added at least a dozen. They also aid in keeping the soil loose which gives better oxygen to the roots.
I also used a large tub (10 or 15 gallon). To fill that with dirt would make it heavy but would also be expensive!
I layered in pine cones (I know that picture is from the small box but same concept) and then I layered in newspapers. I repeated this until I was less than a foot from the top. Eventually you will experience some settling but by that point your flowers should be prospering and expanding so you won’t notice it!
I then add a layer of hay to the top. I water in the hay so that I can water at any time of day with worrying about the roots burning. My daughter (6) took all the pictures for this post. I think they are pretty awesome!
What are you planting?