What a difference three weeks makes!
This post is a photo follow-up three weeks after my “budget” pots were originally filled with seeds, seedlings and transplants. I was planning to wait a full month before posting again, but some of my veggies in my pots need to be picked now, and I want you to see the pots before I start plucking! If you would like to know what’s been planted in each pot, please refer to my original post on how to fill pots on a budget.
If you missed the original post, these pots have been done on a budget because number one, I’m crazily frugal, and number two, I’m currently laid off from my job which makes me even more crazily frugal. I consider them budget-friendly because they’re filled mostly with transplants that would have normally been thinned from my vegetable garden and discarded. Many of the other plants were taken from my yard and placed in the pots, or were planted from seeds. I think the pots are beautiful so far, and it’s a nice change from the same old flower pots. And I get veggies from them! My first radishes–I can almost taste the vitamins now…
To be honest about my reporting, I must confess that I lost one spinach transplant, one transplant of lettuce and my tiny basil sprig. I’m not sure why they bit the dust, or bit the dirt, I should say, but no matter. I’ve still got lots of veggies to spare.
Next is a succession of photos. The first in each set of photos shows pots as they looked after being planted May 1st, and the subsequent photos of the same pots were taken May 20th. So three weeks later, here’s their progress.
Here’s my first pot.
You can finally see the red cabbage plant in the center that will take over the pot after the lettuce, spinach and radishes have been harvested. Unfortunately, I have to start picking my veggies because they are taking over the cabbage, and that isn’t what I have in mind!
Remember this fern and stone crop starts that I took out of my yard?
They’re looking great now!
And here’s my cutie patootie radish pot three weeks ago.
And here’s my radish pot now.
We’ve had a hot day today, and my poor pepper plant is a bit under the weather, but you get the idea.
A Roma Window Box Tomato is the main plant in this pot.
So far I’m pretty happy with my onion experiment in my planter boxes.
This little pot is one of my favorites. I love putting colorful lettuce varieties in a decorative pot.
My stone crop seems to be flourishing despite the fact that this pot doesn’t have a drainage hole!
This window box hasn’t changed too much.
Remember this pot is also full of plants that I pulled out of my yard.
The remaining pots are in this post just for fun–no veggies in these.
These next two pots came from garage sales. I love them, and have had them for years, but have lots of trouble growing plants in them since there aren’t any drainage holes in them. So far, so good, but I’m not getting my hopes up. It should be a law that all pots come with drainage holes.
The first pot has plants that I’ve taken out of my yard.
I put some bulbs in this pot a couple weeks ago that grow in full shade, which is where this pot lives. I’ve never put bulbs in a pot before, so this is a new one for me. I actually splurged, and bought these in the store! Lord have mercy. The package said it’s an annual, but I’m thinking if I stick the pot in my garage this winter, it’ll come back next year. One tiny sprout is finally showing itself. I almost gave up on this one!
Here are my newest garage sale additions. As a matter of fact, all but a couple of the pots in this post are from garage sales. It’s an inexpensive way to get some great pots, garden utensils, sprinklers, gloves, birdbaths, plants–you name it. Anything you can think of that’s garden-related, I’d be willing to bet I’ve bought at a garage sale.
This garage sale bargain was purchased just last week, and took a bit of work to whip it into shape since it’s not really intended to be used outdoors with live plants. (I may post later on how I altered it to make it work for me.) It has a combination of store bought plants, and lamb’s ear from my yard.
If you live in zone 5, now in mid to late May is a great time to get some pots going. Just look what you can have a few short weeks from now! It may be too late to be planting cool weather plant seeds like lettuce and spinach, but there are still lots of vegetable and flower seeds and transplants to choose from. So go check out some seed packets or head to your local nursery to see what can be planted now in your zone, and go for it! I hope to report back next month with new photos. See you then!
Be sure to check out my updated post, “How to Fill flower Pots on a Budget–Five Weeks Later“.
This blog was written by Tracy Evans who is a Certified Home Stager, Certified Redesigner and a Journeyman Painter servicing the Bloomington/Normal, IL area. You can view her portfolios at www.HelpAtHomeStaging.com for more before and after photos.
If you have an interest in home decorating, organization and home spruce ups on a budget, please feel free to check my other blog at HomeStagingBloomingtonIl. You can find additional before and after pictures on my website at www.HelpAtHomeStaging.com.