Wicker Baskets

Since wicker baskets are an economical option when it comes to container gardening, you should definitely try this method. It is a cost-effective way of growing plants and flowers in containers. Using these wonderful planters also helps keep your environment clean and green.

Wicker Plant Containers

Wicker is an inexpensive and ecological material. It is also sturdy and durable, making it suitable for container gardening. Such planters can withstand perennial blooms as well as annuals which you can plant and replace every year to give a fresh look to your garden or patio.

Water won’t hurt wicker either. The water-resistant quality of wicker means it can stand up to rain without rotting or getting mildewed. Watering plants in wicker baskets regularly will keep them hydrated and healthy.

Wicker is also eco-friendly, as it is made from plants that are naturally abundant. It’s an excellent choice for any garden or container where greater durability is needed. You can easily move your plants outdoors during the summer months to take better advantage of the sun and fresh air, but bring them back indoors during winter so they don’t freeze.

More Wicker Planters

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Wicker baskets are available in many designs, shapes and sizes. You can buy them online or from a retail store near you. However, make sure that the basket has solid construction and does not tip over easily when filled with soil and water.

If you want to create a wicker basket garden using your old baskets then simply decorate them according to your choice and preference before turning them into planters by filling them with potting mixture along with the desired herbs or flowers of your choice. You can use any type of wicker basket for this purpose and they will make a beautiful addition to your garden or patio.

 

 

Tips For Growing A Lemon Tree In A Container

If you are looking to grow a lemon tree, then there are several things that you should know.

Lemon Trees in Containers

Select a Planter

To begin, select a planter that is large enough to accommodate your growing lemon tree. Barrel planters, grow bags, and huge flower pots are all good choices since they provide the roots plenty of opportunity to grow and thrive. There should be at least an inch of space between the soil and the top of the planter or pot when the tree is potted. The planter should have a diameter of 8 to 12 inches and offer adequate drainage for the soil.

Choose Your Soil

The best type of soil is one that drains well while not being too compacted. Secondly, be prepared for this plant to need plenty of room to grow and quite a lot of attention throughout the year.
What type of soil should you use? Lemons trees like loose soil with good drainage so sand or decomposed granite can work very well for them – just make sure it’s draining well by checking every few months if there’s any water built up in the container after irrigation or rain storms.

If You Are Transplanting An Already Grown Lemon Tree

Fill the planter with gardening soil, leaving 1 to 2 inches at the top. Make sure it’s tightly packed with a garden shovel so the roots can take hold. Remove the lemon tree from the temporary casing and replant it in your planter. When transferring the roots, be careful not to injure them.

Fertilization, Watering, and Care

To help prevent transplant shock and boost development, water the soil and add a high-quality plant food or fertilizer. Add just enough water to cover the surface, but not so much that the soil becomes saturated. During the summer, the lemon tree can be left outside in direct sunlight. It should be pruned on a regular basis, and any new growth that begins to stem near the bottom should be removed.

Bring the tree indoors as the weather cools and set it where it will receive plenty of sunlight. Once you’ve moved the tree indoors, keep watering it on a regular basis. Measure moisture levels using a water meter if necessary, and add attractive pebbles around the soil to help minimize evaporation. During the winter, mist the leaves frequently to keep them fresh.

To keep spider mites at bay, use non-toxic, organic therapies. As the lemons ripen and become slightly soft, harvest them.

Easy Watering For Container Plants

A great way to make sure your hanging, or container, plants get a deep watering. It will also cut down on the frequency of having to water the plants.

Easy Plant Watering

Cut the bottom off a 1 or 2 liter bottle. Poke holes as shown in the picture. Leave an inch or so of the bottle above the soil line and fill with water. The plant roots will draw the water as needed!

 

For Gorgeous Containers Use The Thriller Spiller Filler Method

For gorgeous containers, try the Thriller/Spiller/Filler method.

Thriller Spiller Filler Method

An ideal container plant plan includes a “thriller,” – a tall plant with a strong form and colorful foliage. Place it at the back of the pot. Next are the “fillers,” – plants which will help hide the soil line, and finally the “spillers,” – plants which will spill out over the pot’s edge, adding more movement and color. In the end, there is a three-dimensional composition that looks beautiful.