Smart Container Liners
A Gardening Life – May 29
Have you ever planted a large or heavy container in the spring only to wonder how you’re going to save those plants once fall arrives? You might not want to drag such pots or boxes inside, yet you don’t wish to dig the plants out and disturb their roots either. It might have occurred to you that a liner pot that you could slip in and out of the larger container would be a good idea…but finding a liner that fits perfectly can be problematic.
In these cases, or for those instances when you don’t want to fill the entire container with soil, it’s time to get smart. Smart Pots, that is. I’ve written before about using Smart Pots to grow veggies. But this spring it dawned on me that these are the perfect container liners as well. Since they are soft they’ll conform to any shape of pot or box. There are Smart Pots available in a variety of sizes and some of them even have handles which would make lifting them in and out of your pots even easier.
This year I purchased some large metal troughs that I want to use as planters. These are normally used for water for livestock, so they are pretty large, and I knew that I didn’t want to fill the entire trough with soil. Here’s what I did:
I’ll post photos in a month or so once the plants start to fill out. In the fall I can lift the two Smart Pots out of the tank. I can either overwinter the plants in these fabric bags in the garage, or empty them. Either way the Smart Pots will make the entire process much easier.