Gardening Ideas forum: Planting in wooden planters

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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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Sep 18, 2017 6:56 AM CST
When you're working with wooden planters, such as window boxes or the type you place on your patio, the planting medium can sometimes leak through the slats when watering. Some come lined with landscaping cloth, but that can degrade over time.

I had a bunch of planters like these. By the time I inherited them, any fabric that had originally been there had definitely degraded. It was a lot of work to remove the plants and soil, and to reline them. My eventual solution was to purchase large bags of planter mix, poke lots of drainage holes in one side of the bag and then place the whole bag into the planter with the holes on the bottom. Then, I used a box cutter to cut open the top of the bags and planted my plants directly into the bag. It worked like a charm and held for many years.

This is the shape of the cut: >----<

This shape enables you to push the plastic bag to the sides so that they're unseen from the top of the planter. Anything still poking out can be folded over and tucked in.
AKA Joey.
Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Sep 18, 2017 9:42 AM CST
How simple is this...!!
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Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Sep 18, 2017 12:35 PM CST
What a good idea! My mom has old wooden planter boxes my dad built years ago and there are now big gaps at the bottom. I could just add bags of potting soil which would stay in place and my mom gets to have more flowers in her old planters Hurray!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Sep 20, 2017 8:01 AM CST
I like to line bottom of planters with fiberglass window screen. Look how long it lasts in the sun.
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