Over the weekend I scored some large planters really cheap. When I got
home I realized that math is not my forte. I had purchased ingredients
to mix my own potting soil but I didn't have enough of the ingredients
to make a potting mix for both planters because they are so large. The
plants I'm planting will not use more than half of the amount of soil
the container holds, filling them with the soil mix would be a waste of
money and water. Instead of going out and buying more ingredients to make my potting mix I turned to an old frugal
I filled the bottom half of the pot with empty plastic soda bottles. In total there are six 2 liter bottles acting as a false bottom in each pot. Then I covered the top of the empty soda bottles with newspaper, but you can also use landscaping fabric or something like cheese cloth.
The next step was to fill the pots with the potting mix I'm using in my
container garden. I stopped adding the mix about two inches below the
rim of the pot, then added the plants. The last step was to water the
potted plants in and waiting for the settling of the mix then adding
more potting mix to make up for the soil that settled down.
I find a lot of uses for empty pop bottles in the garden so I always have a large stash of them, but you can use water bottles, milk jugs, deli containers, the plastic containers you get from fast food places, boxes or anything else you want to temporarily keep out of the landfill.
This large planter is now home to my hot pepper garden.
Looking over the pics in the blog entry I'm wondering if my subconscious is trying to tell me something about all that Dr.Pepper that I drink.