If you’re living in a concrete jungle and need a reprieve from the greyness that invades your life or you just have space constraints, consider Potscaping to transform your living space into your own Garden of Eden while reducing your carbon footprint.
Potscaping is the modern way of referring to “container gardening”. Creating a garden from an arrangement of pots has gained popularity in recent years because of its versatility. Not only can you grow virtually anything but also change the look of your space simply by moving the containers around.
In case you need further convincing that potscaping is a great idea, consider this:
- it’s economical
- you can do it anywhere
- you are liberated from your geography
- your kids will love it
- you can grow anything
- you can do your part to benefit the environment
The choice of containers is limited only by your imagination. You don’t need anything expensive or flashy; the possibilities for unusual containers are endless. If it can hold soil and have a few drainage holes put in to it, you can probably use it. Container gardening is the perfect way to UPCYCLE old or discarded household items and turn them in to something beautiful.
If you think outside the box, you are likely to find containers that suit your personality.
AROUND THE HOUSE:
– colander – tea or coffee pots
– woks or pots – old roasters
– crockery – children’s toys (dump truck or wagon)
– shoes, boots, Crocs – chairs, chest of drawers
– sinks, tubs, toilets – old suitcases
– pop bottles – bras
– rubber gloves
IN THE SHED:
– wheelbarrows – antique tool boxes
– watering cans – tires
– wooden crates – kiddie pool
– boat hull – old bicycles
– cement blocks – pallets
No matter what type of containers you choose to make your statement, here are a few basic rules to follow to ensure your effort meets with success.
- Choose containers wisely – small ones dry out really fast
- Make sure there is enough drainage – if not, add more holes
- Contrary to popular belief, putting gravel in the bottom of your container to help with drainage is a no no
- Cover drainage holes with screening, paper towel or a coffee filter – soil will not escape, but excess water will
- Choose a good Potting Soil – do not use Top Soil
- Make sure your pot size is appropriate for your plants and do not overcrowd
- Fertilize, fertilize, fertilize
- Water regularly!
Even the smallest spaces can provide an abundance of food. Growing your own vegetables saves you money, is more nutritious and helps you live a healthy lifestyle. Planting from seeds in to containers that you have UPCYCLED and using homemade compost keeps the cost low and the environmental benefits high.
Try planting lettuce in reusable grocery bags. These are available everywhere either for free or at a minimal cost. Don’t forget to cut drainage holes in the bottom!
Sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomatoes will sweeten your crop.
Cheat at composting by applying used coffee grounds, egg shells, cut up banana peels and other organic matter directly to the soil in your pots. This will provide nutrients to the plants as they decompose.
Try vertical gardening by using a hanging canvas shoe rack and filling it with various herbs for a unique and space saving garden.
So, even if you have a black thumb when it comes to house plants, you don’t need to be afraid of gardening. JUST GET STARTED! At the very least, you will learn something, teach your kids something, UPCYCLE, not break the bank and quite possibly have some healthy, lovingly tended veggies and herbs.
PLEASE SHARE YOUR UNIQUE UPCYCLING OR POTSCAPING IDEAS IN THE COMMENTS.