Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fun and Original Flower Pot

It's spring (no really, it is, even with the snow) and you are starting to see flowers poke their heads above the ground. Many of you may have planted gardens and are starting to remember that you need to get out there and get started again. Some of you may not live where you can plant a garden but have you considered container gardening? I've done it in the past when we didn't have a house and will probably do it again this year as we've only been our house a year and I haven't gotten myself organized enough to get a garden started yet. Here is a fun and quick planter you can make in a couple of hours on a Saturday or Sunday and can plant some already blooming flowers in. Last year we did this in one of my daughter's too small cowboy boots. Since she was 2 when she wore them we didn't have a very big "pot" so this year we are going to be re-using some of my husband's old and worn out work boots. Don't have anything that will work or you are still using your boots? Check out the thrift stores in the area: Goodwill, Savers, Unique....I'm sure there are more but these are the ones I LOVE and do the bulk of my shopping at.

Turn an old boot into a stylish planter.
·         Old boot
·         Pebbles or aquarium gravel
·         Potting soil or loam
·         Small bunch of annual flowers

·         Remove the lace from the boot or loosen it enough to allow the tongue to be pulled forward.
·         Fill the bottom of the boot with a layer of pebbles or aquarium gravel to provide drainage.
·         Pack in a 2-inch layer of potting soil or loam.
·         Fit in the root base of annual flowers (pansies, marigolds, or impatiens work well).
·         Gently pack more soil around and on top of the roots.
Remember to water the flowers regularly because, unlike those that are planted in the ground, these blooms cannot draw moisture from the surrounding soil.

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