Container Planting for the Poor Man's Patio

| 6/4/2010 5:01:52 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveFinally the containers for Poor Man's Patio are planted. The final count for containers to be watered is 24. Up from last year's 10. That watering issue will be bigger this year. There are too many containers to water for just one leg of drip system so I will have to either have two legs or figure out something different. I came up with my own special mix for potting.  It was equal parts of vermiculite, Miracle Gro potting soil, and Omagro compost (composted yard waste sold to the public and landscappers). It should be the best ever. I might have over planted just a little, but when container planting it's always good to over plant some.

Mixing Potting Soil

My makeshift potting table is nothing more than just a couple old rickety saw horses and my loading planks for the truck. The whole process of planting the patio took about 2 hours. Then it was off to the Goodrich store (ice cream store) for a giant butterscotch malt for supper. I planted the pole beans in the two pots and hope that they will do well. The Morning Glory soaked over night and will be planted today or tomorrow. I hope they do better outside than in the sprouter. I just haven't gotten the hang of using the sprouter yet.

Filling Containers

I got day lilies from my friend, Carol, this week when I brought over the ladder so she could clean out her gutters. I wanted to plant the day lilies interspersed with the Daffodil and Tulips that are now dying back.  I've discovered that day lilies are not bulbs but are called fans and are a clumping plant. The day lilies are not going to work out like I wanted. I think the hostas will be just fine, and the area will be covered with mulch. I didn't know that day lilies were clumping and got so big. That height will block the small hostas in front of the foundation bushes. So Day Lilies go somewhere else for sure. It's been a learning process for me on how to plant flower beds.

Poor Mans Living Patio

Oz Girl
7/2/2010 7:25:18 AM

Looks awesome Dave... can't wait to see an updated photo with everything growing like crazy!! :-)

Nebraska Dave
6/18/2010 2:55:10 PM

@Hank, the trellis blocks are not anchored to the patio. I placed the blocks so that the holes in the blocks lined up. Then I built the trellis so that the treated 2X4s would set all the way to the bottom of the blocks. The bottom two blocks are filled with pea gravel and packed around the 2X4s. The top block level I poured sand to filter down around the pea gravel and fill up the top block. We have had some mighty strong winds without a single wiggle in the trellis. I think as we get rain I’ll have to keep filling the top blocks with sand as it washes down around the pea gravel. It seems to be a solid structure for not being anchored down. The neighborhood kids haven’t thought about climbing it yet and I’m not going to give them any ideas. I’ll have to post the building of the trellis for you and others to get an idea about how it’s built. Thanks for stopping by and I’m always glad to answer any questions about my posts.

Hank Will_2
6/17/2010 8:44:32 AM

Dave, are the blocks anchored to the patio some way? I really like the concept of a removable trellis. Here in Kansas, if the trellis isn't bolted to stakes sunk 3-4 feet in the ground or to concrete footers it blows over a couple of times a year. I figured the trumpet vine would eventually support its ill-anchored trellis in the wind ... I finally relented and sunk treated 4 x 4 stakes to 3 feet to keep it upright. Lucky for me the trumpet vine is hardy and flexible enough that it never seemed to care when it would suddenly and violently find itself under the trellis instead of covering it.

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