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Wood Planter Comparison: A Brief Guide to Wooden Planters

 

beautifulWooden planters have many benefits aside from being naturally beautiful. For one, wood is among the most sustainable planter materials. Unlike plastic and other synthetic materials, untreated wood is biodegradable. Also plastic and other synthetic materials often contain chemicals that could introduce toxins into the soil and to your plants. Untreated wood planters are made of natural wood and don’t have these harmful toxins.

Wood is also more durable than other flimsy materials such as plastic and fiberglass. To further extend the planter life span, line them with a plastic or fabric liner to avoid rotting. Wood also allows for excess water to escape naturally instead of trapping water and saturating your roots like plastic and resin planters do. It is also important to have adequate drainage for wooden planters to prevent rotting. Wooden planters insulate plant roots from the heat of the summer sun as well as help to protect them from the winter frost. redwood plantersAnother plus to wooden planters is that it’s easy to change up the style of your container garden without replacing your planters by simply repainting your planters. However, you should avoid stains and sealers on your wooden planters as these are usually toxic to plants.
There are many different types of wood to choose from when deciding on a wooden planter. Some popular woods are cypress, teak, redwood and red or white cedar. These types of wood are popular planter materials because they are all naturally weather and insect resistant.

There are many different designs you can choose from when purchasing a wooden planter. My Pots and Planters has a wide selection of wooden planters ranging from a small beveled redwood planter boxes to an eight foot elevated cedar planters. redwood planterThere are different styles to choose from to match your container garden style. If you are looking for a more rustic look the farmstead raised garden bed or the Gronomics rustic planter brings a rough rustic look to your garden space.farmstand

You can purchase wooden planters or you can easily build them with a few items from your hardware store. Pinterest has many DIY and how-to‘s  for building your own wooden planters. Re-purposed wood is also a great material option for planters. Reusing untreated wood allows for you to recycle used lumberrepurposed
that is still useful without throwing it away and wasting it. Wood pallets are an easy and readily accessible option for creating wooden planters. You can also re-purpose pre-existing wooden containers and use them as planters. whiskey barrel planterFor example, people often use half or full wooden whiskey barrels as planters.

There are many options when choosing the right wooden planter for your gardening space. Whether you purchase a wooden planter or make your own it’s important to research the different types of wood to find the one that fits your garden’s style.

 

 

By: Page Hallock

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How to Plant and Maintain a Vertical Wall Garden

There is a new trend in the gardening world that incorporates modern design and age old gardening techniques that gives the typical planter a run for its money. Vertical Wall Gardening is turning gardening not upside down, but at least 90 degrees by using a part of your space that you never thought of using.

DIY indoor vertical wall garden
DIY indoor vertical wall garden

You can buy or make vertical wall gardens with little time and money. If you or making your own or buying a vertical wall planter there are some things to keep in mind so that you create a successful growing environment. When placing the vertical wall garden, whether it’s inside or out, you need to take into consideration the amount of light the plants are receiving.

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An example of an outdoor vertical wall vegetable garden

 

Depending on what plants you pick to grow in the wall garden, it is wise to know the direction the plants will grow. You should also know how big they will get so that they don’t overcrowd and die. With vertical wall gardens becoming more popular, gardeners are finding which plants can thrive in a vertical environment. A couple of these plants are, pothos, lipstick plant, sword fern, rabbit’s foot fern, cretan brake fern, wedding vine, peace lily, crotons, philodendron and many more. All these plants require less direct sunlight and are overall pretty hardy plants.

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An indoor wall garden of succulents

One challenge of vertical wall gardens is the watering techniques required to maintain the garden. There are two easy ways to water wall plants. The first is the gravity-fed watering system where you water the top plants and the water trickles down to the plants below. This requires little installation, but doesn’t distribute water evenly.

Example of a smaller indoor vertical wall garden
Example of a smaller indoor vertical wall garden

The second option is the sub-irrigation system, which is placing hoses to different levels of the wall garden to provide water evenly throughout the garden. This option requires some installation, but once installed it doesn’t require any effort to water the garden.

Typical watering system for a vertical wall garden.
Typical watering system for a vertical wall garden.

With each watering system there is a chance of water spills, so if you chose to place your vertical wall garden inside, you should take into consideration the maintenance that is involved. Vertical wall gardens often discolor and stain interior walls, so protecting your walls with layers of plastic and other water repelling materials eliminates this hassle.  However, if you make sure to avoid over watering your garden there will be no issues with excess water. Now that you have the basics of vertical wall gardening, it is time to explore the possibilities of wall gardens in your space.

By: Page Hallock

How to grow tomatoes and peppers in raised beds

It’s that time of the year to start planning your garden for spring. There are hundreds of fruits and vegetables to plant in your raised beds this year, and among the most popular are tomatoes and peppers. These plants need a little more care than other veggies, but using raised beds gives you the best chance for success.

Example of a successful raised bed pepper trellis

The first step to planting these tall plants is to have enough room for the roots in your raised bed. For best growing results, your bed should be at least 12 inches deep, and you will be rewarded if you can offer your plants extra planting depth.

Example of a successful tomato trellis
Example of a successful tomato trellis

When planting any tall and foliage-heavy plants, it is necessary to stagger the seeds. Pepper plants will need about 15 inches between each seed, where as tomato plants need 10 inches. Two feet between each row should be plenty of room for easy access after the plants reach their mature width.

One thing to keep in mind when growing these tall plants is supporting their height. Building or buying trellises, towers and cages will allow for the plants to grow to their full potential while saving on soil surface space. Trellises provide support for the plants so that they grow taller and wider and therefore produce more vegetables.

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Example of a successful raised bed tomato garden

These plants, in particular, thrive and yield more crops when planted within close proximity to one another.

 

Tomatoes and peppers are both from the Allium family and are companion plants, which means they will get bigger and yield more crops when planted near each other. The pros to planting tomatoes and peppers near each other are that they help eliminate various slugs, worms and other pests that commonly feed on this family of plants.

wooden trellis easily sits on raised beds
wooden trellis easily sits on raised beds

Experiment with other companion plants and reap the many benefits of creating a mutually beneficial growing environment in your raised beds this gardening season!

By: Page Hallock

Show Off Your Plants with these Great Plant Stand Ideas!

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If your patio or sitting room feels like it’s missing something, sometimes it just needs a little color and dimension. New plants would add some life, but plants that just sit on the floor are often overlooked and underappreciated. Solution: Add an indoor plant stand that would allow you to display your shorter plants that don’t always get the limelight or sunlight in this case.

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A ladder re-purposed into a unique indoor plant stand.

Plant stands can change the whole atmosphere of an area, especially in smaller spaces. Apartments or condos often have limited space, so adding a stand filled with greenery to a corner brings life to a commonly stale space. There are a wide variety of stands that you can buy or make to add to your style or completely change it up. If you have limited natural light in your space, just place the planter stand near the brightest spot so that all your plants get equal sunlight.

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Rolling plant stand to make transporting pots and planters easier.

Use stands for your patio or deck plants, as well, to free up floor space for seating. If you have larger trees in your outdoor space, use short rolling stands to transport heavier plants with ease. Multi-level plant stands make watering multiple plants faster and more efficient.

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Wrought iron indoor plant stand

Wrought iron, metal, and wooden stands are all beautiful options to chose from when shopping for a stand, but don’t limit yourself to these. You can use materials you already have to make a custom stand that’s perfect for your space.

Wooden in/outdoor Plant Stand
Wooden in/outdoor Plant Stand
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Metal indoor multi-level plant stand

Get a little crazy and explore fun and new stand ideas! Take advantage of all that your space has to offer and find the plant stand that’s right for you!

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Circular metal plant stand to add flare to your space
                            For more plant stand ideas check out our Pinterest page!
By: Page Hallock