Views: 205, Replies: 6 » Jump to the end
Manage Difficult Perennial Planting Sites with the Use of Planting Pockets

By chelle
June 15, 2013

Are your dreams of a yard packed with perennials hampered by difficult potential planting sites? Establish strong and healthy plants by utilizing planting pockets.

[View the item] Give a thumbs up

Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Bee Lover Sedums
Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
Image
foraygardengirl
Aug 6, 2014 11:59 AM CST
I am on a corner with steep slopes on both sides, and where there are trees, shrubs, and the remnants of both an old sidewalk and old retaining wall. I created a boulder/rock garden all the way around. It was nearly impossible to dig a hole of any size. The only way I was able to plant anything was to use small plants and find little areas to create planting pockets. I found that using half a pot often worked very well. I would purchase a plant or shrub and cut half of the pot and the bottom away. Then I would plant it with the remaining part of the pot on the downhill side to retain the soil until the roots took hold. A few months after planting I would just pull the pot out. I even left it there in a couple of places to continue to prevent erosion. You can see pictures of the project in the Garden photos thread, Problem #2 is solved. It works very well, and this article is a perfect explanation of how to do it!
:+:+:+:+:+:+:+:+:
Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Image
chelle
Aug 6, 2014 12:14 PM CST
Hurray!

One way or another, it can be done; right, Jeannie? Thumbs up

So glad you liked the article! I had to plant in a make-do pocket again today; setting in a big root ball on top of really big, dead tree roots. At least I don't have to worry about excessive settling! Big Grin

I tip my hat to you. for the acorns!
Cottage Gardening

Newest Interest: Rock Gardens


Name: Speedie
Southern Maryland (Zone 7a)
Image
speediebean
Aug 6, 2014 12:24 PM CST
I have the same situation as Foraygardengirl; corner lot with slopes on both sides. I've been wondering for years what the heck I could do with this mess, and now along comes this brilliant article. All I can say is WOW.. and THANK YOU!!! Now I won't feel too guilty "rescuing" more plants from work, I know now that I'll be able to find new and creative homes for them. YAY you Chelle!!! Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
**********************
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~ Margaret Atwood
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Image
chelle
Aug 6, 2014 1:13 PM CST
You're welcome.

Now the real fun begins, Speedie! Hurray! Have a blast with it, and plant away!

Check out some of Jeannie's gardens for additional inspiration http://garden.org/apps/sets/user/foraygardengirl/ ; they're amazing! Thumbs up



Cottage Gardening

Newest Interest: Rock Gardens


Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Bee Lover Sedums
Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
Image
foraygardengirl
Aug 6, 2014 1:19 PM CST
Chelle, thanks for the compliment! How did you do that link?
Yes Speedie, it certainly can be done. Once you get the plants in, you will be surprised at how well they grow. Good luck!
:+:+:+:+:+:+:+:+:
Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
Image
chelle
Aug 6, 2014 1:37 PM CST
You're welcome, Jeanie. (Sorry, I just realized I'd been spelling your name wrong *Blush* )

I just went to your profile, brought up the page of your multi-plant images, and then I just did a copy/paste of the link showing in the browser window. Thumbs up

Cottage Gardening

Newest Interest: Rock Gardens


Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
Replace your lawn with a garden!
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Bee Lover Sedums
Hostas Dog Lover Xeriscape Region: Minnesota Heucheras Butterflies
Image
foraygardengirl
Aug 6, 2014 2:09 PM CST
Cool...thanks!
No worries about spelling.
:+:+:+:+:+:+:+:+:
Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Manage Difficult Perennial Planting Sites with the Use of Planting Pockets
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Dianthus 'Nyewood Cream'"