Go Green: Potting with Lisa King
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and spring only being a few days away, Miss Lisa takes us into her greenhouse and shows us how to go green! Here are five simple tips to keep in mind as you spruce up for spring.
If you are a gardener, spring means lots of new plants, and that usually means a whole bunch of plastic pots. I don’t like the look of a plant in a plastic pot, myself. As always, I want to encourage you to be creative. Here are some of my ideas for potted flowers and vegetables.
1. Clay pots are great for planting. Italian clay pots are the best, and will last forever – until they break. If a pot breaks, don’t throw it away, use it as a planter!
2. This year my favorite coffee mug broke, so I put a plant in it.
3. I like to plant in old boots and I’ve planted in baby shoes, because I had plenty.
4. Go to garage sales and resale shots and keep your eyes peeled. An old teapot can be a thing of surprising beauty with a plant growing out of it.
5. Don’t toss that old beat up chicken feeder or wire basket. Plant flowers in it instead.
The bottom line is to get away from plastic pots. Save your pots and take them back to the greenhouse. A great way to be green is to transfer your plants into interesting re-used items and then offer your plastic plants back to your local greenhouse. Local greenhouses really appreciate that because those pots aren’t cheap. However, they don’t want you to show up with a garbage bag full of dirty broken plastic either. Take care of the pots your plants come in, organize them, bleach them, and offer them to your greenhouse.
Originally published by Lisa King in the 2015 April Freedom Farms Magazine.