Hello friends! I hope you all had a lovely holiday weekend. We spent a lot of time sprucing up the outside of the house since it FINALLY stopped raining for 2 days straight. What a relief. But it wasn’t all work…we snuck in a little time for a family get-together and some hanging out on the porch.
One of my favorite things about the porch is that it gives me a space to hang big baskets of flowers. There’s something about those baskets that makes my space feel so fresh and summery. And since my porch becomes my summer office, I really need to spruce it up a bit.
Last year I put ferns on the back porch. Loved them!
And waaaay back in 2009, I wrote a post showing you how to transfer your baskets from those plain plastic containers into pretty baskets with liners. It’s so easy and getting rid of those plastic pots gives your plants so much more room to grow and bloom.
The big downside of those iron baskets with the coconut liners is that your soil dry out so quickly. I usually have to water everyday and on the hottest days, I water twice. Too much work!
I finally came upon a solution and I can’t believe I didn’t figure it out sooner. Garbage bags!!! Just line your coconut baskets with a single layer of garbage bag plastic and they won’t dry out so quickly. Here’s how I did it.
Cut around 3 sides of the garbage bag so you have one large piece of plastic. Then lay a section of your plastic loosely inside your coconut liner.
Trim the plastic to fit your liner.
Make sure you cut a few holes in the plastic. You still need some drainage or your roots will rot. Then add your soil and plants like normal.
And that’s it! Quick and easy and it’s going to save me a lot of watering time this summer.
Do you plant hanging baskets? What’s in ’em?