Now that it’s officially spring, it’s time to get my outdoor areas attended to. I have lived in this house exactly one year now so I haven’t done anything with the outside areas as I’ve been so busy concentrating on the inside.
And in true rainy Vancouver fashion, it’s raining of course. Well, it was sunny and rainy at the same time.
Over the next three weeks, I’ll be sharing with you how I’m getting my back patio area ready and give you ideas to inspire you.
I’ve teamed up with some great blogger friends so we can all share with you our spring outdoor ideas. Shauna from Satori Design for Living is hosting this Outdoor Extravaganza (thank you so much for inviting me, Shauna!).
This week it’s all about DIY gardening projects and on week four you’ll be able to link up to our party to share your outdoor spaces too!
Next week is: Outdoor Decorating & Entertaining
Week 3 is: Build-it & Paint Projects Thursday
& the Link Party Friday
I am not much of a gardener but I always do container planters every year. Years ago in my apartment dwelling days, I learned the best tip for filling containers.
There’s nothing worse than hauling bags and bags of potting soil up to your apartment patio for a few simple containers. I thought there had to be a better way so a friend of mine told me this trick.
Let me show you how I filled these large outdoor planters.
Could you imagine filling all those planters with potting soil? I wouldn’t be able to move them after and I can’t imagine how many bags of soil I would need to buy and haul into the car.
Here is the secret: styrofoam packing peanuts!
Yes, that’s right, those packing peanuts you hate to see when a package arrives at your door. Well now you have a use for them!
I fill the pots up about two-thirds full with the packing peanuts. I’ve heard of people putting pantyhose or fabric in between the packing peanuts and soil but I’ve done this for years and have never had a mold problem.
Then add your soil right on top.
(Just an FYI, I bought these pots at Canadian Tire, Canvas Luna pots but they are selling out fast at every store. I had to go to three different stores to find these four!)
Fill your planter pots like you normally do and water them. That’s it!
There is still enough soil in the planter that will not make the planter tip over. There are still a good weight but if you are concerned with tipping, you can add half packing peanuts, half soil.
These are the plants I used:
- star of Bethlehem
- calibrachoa – white
- sky pencil holly
- white hydrangea
Rain, rain go away. At least my flowers are enjoying it.
So next week you’ll be able to see how the plants are doing and how I put together my new patio table and chairs ready for outdoor entertaining!
Now check out what my blogger friends have done to spruce things up!
How to Give a Basic Clay Pot a Beautiful Copper Patina Finish by The Happy Housie
Faux Succulent Bird Cage Planter by Making it in the Mountains
Tomato Sauce Garden Gift Basket by Satori Design for Living
Paint Dipped Succulent Log Planter by The DIY Mommy
Front Porch Planters by Craftberry Bush
Spring Patio Flowers by Elliven Studio
The Best Tip for Filling Large Planters by So Much Better with Age –> that’s me!