Thursday, May 17, 2018

IN GROUND PLANTER, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Every Thursday we like to post a picture of something we've found online that inspires us to do something similar at the farm. Sort of our own blog bulletin board so that we can eventually look back and someday, hopefully anyway, recreate it...enjoy!

In ground planter, image via Pinterest.com
Last year we posted an idea for putting clay pots in the ground and being able to swap out plants with relative ease While searing for flower bed idea for us now, I stumbled across this one and we like it.  It's a galvanized tub buried halfway into the ground.  It works to contain whatever is planted in it. 

They are relatively inexpensive, especially if we could find some used ones and only require a few holes drilled in the bottom for draining.  We could also use a good quality potting soil and not have to worry about the clay in our ground.  Boom, a great way to put a variety of plants "in" the ground.

Be inspired!

10 comments:

  1. I like the idea of in ground planting; especially plants that can't take over- winter in the ground.
    A plant in a pot in the ground is still very fragile. In other words, the pot itself does not provide much protection, but does provide convenience when you want to move the plant or take it inside - no or limited transplant shock, but there can still be shock from the changing of the environment.

    If afraid of the roots going through bottom of pot and growing in the ground are much harder to remove if need be. To solve this problem place some screening material inside bottom of pot and that will slow up the roots from growing down through the bottom of the pot and into the ground.

    You can also do a pot-in-pot method of growing outdoor plants can save you time and money, and also gives you the flexibility to easily switch out plants.

    For the pot-in-pot method, you basically bury a pot in the ground and then drop in a plant growing in the same-size pot into that container. If a plant should happen to die; makes for much easier to remove the container while still leaving the buried pot in the ground.

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    1. Oh, good idea. I like the pot in pot method. Almost like having a "pre made hole" in the ground. I guess in a tub like this you'd just drill some holes and then put the mesh over the bottom to keep the roots out of the holes.

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  2. Beware. Invasive plants WILL find a way to escape. If you do not want it in your yard don't plant it. Even as shown. Bamboo is ridiculously difficult to get rid of.

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    1. Nature finds a way, right? Ha. I have head this bamboo type plant (or bamboo anything) is very invasive. I think we'd rather do a fountain grass or something.

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    2. bamboo, ugh. My neighbor put some in as a privacy screen. That crap pops up in my yard. I have to paint the shoots with glyphosate gel. Kills the bamboo without me having to spread chems everywhere. Tends to mess up the parent stalk on his side too. Not losing any sleep over it tho...

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  3. Practical ParsimonyMay 17, 2018 at 2:09 PM

    I found a galvanized tub in the middle of a little traveled wide road with business driveways to pull off. I hobbled out and got it. Score! I keep my eyes open when driving. You can use bottomless containers for that method of planting.

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    1. Hey, I saw go for it! And you're right a bottomless container is useful for anything like that. Thanks!!!

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  4. I thought that was your porch at first glance!
    Another good idea for your flowerbeds. You could distress a newer tub with a few bangs and bumps.

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    1. It actually is shaped much like that, but in need of some TLC upgrading, ha. those galvanized tubs are not that expensive and you're right, it could be easily distressed a bit.

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    2. Shine silver is nice at times but to distress; getting that aged look on a galvanized tub, brackets, etc. or anything galvanized; with caution,use a blow torch. It shouldn't take long at all before you have that aged, distressed look.

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