>Sorry, I couldn’t resist channeling Christina for a second. I have so many little projects I have wanted to share with you, but when I asked on Twitter — the vote was for the outdoor project, so here. we. go.
I had a vision for them, so I spray painted them and then wasn’t sure if I was going to plant anything for the rest of the summer/fall. Who was I kidding. Unfinished projects make me twitch. Shake. Shudder. Itch.
I found some beautiful plants for cheap and got moving. Most of the time, your decorative pots will have holes on the bottom, but if they don’t, or if you’d like to put more in them, all you need is a drill and a large drill bit:
Just put a few holes in the bottom — for plastic containers, any drill bit should work. These planters are a weird fiberglass kind of material, so I used one made for cement. I put five holes in the bottom of each. As is mentioned, even if your planters have holes, you’ll probably want to put a few more in. It never hurts to have a little more drainage. (I feel like I just said “holes” 15 times.)
Anyhoo, after that, instead of buying a ton of of expensive potting soil — try this little trick. Keep the plastic planters from the plants you plant, (wait, huh?), and before you put the soil in, put the old plastic planters in first:
This is great for two reasons — you’ll use half the soil, at least. And they are soooo much lighter to work with when you’re done. My grandma used to use charcoal on the bottom of her planters. I’ve also heard of using the foam packing peanuts. Those peanuts are expensive though — so just use what you have!
AND, please don’t buy the expensive potting soil they put out right up front at the nursery — go to the back and use the cheaper bags — they are harder to find but are about two bucks and change for a bag. You can sprinkle some Miracle Grow on the plants after if you want that in the soil. I’ve even used the cheaper top soil and mixed that in as well, and those are only a little more than a dollar a bag.
If your plant is a hanging basket, take the little clips off the planter first:
Then, to loosen the plant up to get it out, roll it around on it’s side a few times, then shake it a bit and it should come out easily: