A few years ago, my husband and I went to several nurseries in the Spring and were shocked at how much we had to pay for perennial vines and plants that filled our hanging baskets. We’re a little obsessed with hanging baskets (my smart hubby even installed a handy dripper system in all fifteen hanging baskets we have around our home because he knows I’m awful about remembering to water things.) But, the cost of filling those baskets with plants can add up quickly.
That fall, on a whim we decided to try re-planting a few of the trailing vines that we’d paid $3-$5 for in the ground, and see what happened. Guess what? They grew like crazy, and now we never have to re-purchase several of the plants we need to get started in the Spring! Here are a few tips to get you started if you’d like to try it out with what you already have this fall:
When your planters begin to wear out in the fall, remove them and place them in the ground. We’ve had great luck with vinca vine, “spikes” (those tall spikey plants that look pretty in the middle of container gardens), and low growing succulents or creepers (I’m not sure what else to call them, but they look kind of like this ~ I wish I knew more of the accurate names for plants!)
Literally, I pop them out of the container they’re in and plant them in the ground near our deck. If they’re going to require a bunch of care I’m not up for the effort, but it’s easy to dig a few holes and see what happens!
Do you have any tips for re-using plants or other flower or vegetable gardening ideas? I’d love to hear them (I’m always looking for ways to save on a silly hobby that I love!), so leave any suggestions in the comments section. You can also check out my gardening board over on Pinterest (I love that place!)
You may also want to see how we started a few of our baskets this summer. . .
And here’s a peek at my husband’s handy watering system (one of these days I promise to post directions on how to do this yourself, it’s by far my favorite honeydew project he’s ever completed!)
See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!