Week 6 – Faux Pots and Garden Gutter Trenches

Today we painted Faux Pots to look like aged terra cotta and one of my favorites, the garden gutter or trench; a great and free way to edge and keep grass out of your garden.

Around the garden today:

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Every year we paint faux pots.  This is an inexpensive way to make an expensive looking pots.  If you have some old pots, or thrift store pots, or containers that came with plants in them you can paint them up and make them look old and aged.  Rob took a terra cotta pot and took it to the paint store and asked them to duplicate the color so he could paint his pots to look like terra cotta.  This is also a great way to use up any old paint you have lying around.  Paint your pot terra cotta, take another color and streak it and rub it down or dry brush it.  Take another color if you like and add it to the mix.  You can take a light color and dry brush or add some paint around the sharp edges of around the bottom and rub it off with a cloth to make it look like it has salt build up like old terra cotta pots.  You can also buy textured paint to make it look like salt build up.  A fun inexpensive project using thrift store pots and old leftover paint.  Do what you like, do what you feel!!  Just remember if you are planting a container garden and get old pots from a thrift store, make sure they have holes for drainage.  Drill out holes if needed.  If your pot can’t drain you’ll have a swamp and your plants will die.

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Adam and Michelle and the rest of the gang did some garden trenching also called a garden gutter.  I love this.  This is a free, inexpensive way to edge your garden and keep grass out of it without spending a lot on edging or brick or whatever else you use to edge a garden.  The grass always seems to find a way through or under those edging ideas.  The garden trench is a European way they have used for years.  Dig down to the bottom of the grass roots (about 6 inches).  Dig out the grass 6 to 8 inches wide.  The grass can’t grow into air so can’t creep across into your garden.  Make sure you get all the soil out of the gutter as well as any grass roots.  Yes, I know on a slope it doesn’t work very well.  Use your own judgement.  Your goal is to keep the trench soil free so if soil can run downhill when you water use a different method.  If you want a perfectly straight edge you can run a string between two posts as a guideline.  It takes a lot of time to get grass out of a garden but once you do it and dig your trench, your garden should stay grass free.

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In another part of the garden, Sally, Steffen, Jerid and Lisa took pots of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth that are spent and knocked all the soil off of the bulbs and put it in a trash can so it can be reused.  They divided up the bulbs into nice and neat piles and everyone got to take AS MANY of these bulbs that they wanted to plant in their gardens.

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Get out there and get gardening!!

To see this week’s segment go to:  http://www.9news.com/story/life/home-garden/proctors-tips/2014/05/08/proctor-edge-lawn-transform-your-pots/8841573/



About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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