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Sep 5, 2015 8:03 AM CST
|I have been assembling another semp planter today and thought I would share what I learned from my mistake last year.|
I find and buy large planters. I also only plant semps or other perennial plants that need to be outside all winter. I use soda cans in a plastic bag to economise on soil mixture of potting soil and rock garden soil ( shale sand, turkey grit )
Last year I filled this red troth planter and started with a bottom layer of cans and peanuts ( dont use peanuts if you can help it )
I loaded the rest of the troth with rockgarden mix and planted my semps and a alpine.
This spring I could see it was a mistake to plant right away because the soil had settled.
There is no way I want to dig up plants and disturbe the peanuts.
Older and wiser. I let the new Blue Basket planter settle over winter.
I can transplant semps in the spring.Might even make a wishlist for some new ones.
Sep 5, 2015 8:21 AM CST
|I did that with my first raised bed Jo Ann. And it settled a lot. Live and learn is my motto. |
Love that blue basket. Any idea on what you will plant in it?
Sep 5, 2015 8:23 AM CST
|Those are nice. I like the blue basket. Do you have it lined with something to keep the dirt in? I have some old baskets I could use, just never thought of it. Thanks!|
Sep 5, 2015 8:40 AM CST
|SALL20. I try not to use wood here because of the winter action.The wood just doesnt hold up for more than one season.|
I do line open weave planters . I buy a roll of screen door replacement and use it on everything including a spot in the bottom of planters.
Lynn, I have a wishlist of Jovies I am working on. Plus a transplant of Achillea King Edward.
Sep 5, 2015 1:55 PM CST
|Sounds great Jo Ann|
Sep 5, 2015 2:56 PM CST
|Thanks for info about the screen door replacement. That would be good to put in the bottom of all my pots. We have a problem with fire ants getting into pots through the drainage holes. I sometimes use landscape cloth, but I'm not sure if that impedes the drainage too much.|