filling a planter with soil, place a used sheet of Bounce in the
bottom of the planter to prevent the soil from leaking out. The
porous dryer sheet lets water seep through— without rotting the
Bubble Wrap and Scotch
Packaging Tape. To protect plastic, wood, and fiberglass
planters left outside during the winter months, wrap the planters
with Bubble Wrap and secure in place with Scotch Packaging Tape. The
Bubble Wrap helps insulate the plants from the elements. (Do not
line the bottom of the planter to allow for drainage.)
Clorox Bleach. To
disinfect recycled plastic pots and planters, mix three-quarters cup
Clorox Bleach per one gallon of water in a bucket, let the planters
soak in the sanitizing solution for one hour, then rinse and dry.
Depend. If excess
water leaks from a planter, place the pot inside a pair of Depend,
creating a diaper for the plant. Con ceal the adult diaper by
placing the planter inside a second, larger pot.
L’eggs Sheer Energy Panty
Hose. Before filling a planter with soil, place a used,
balled-up pair of L’eggs Sheer Energy Panty Hose in the bottom of
the pot. The nylon screen prevents soil from leaking from the bottom
of the planter, while allowing water to drain freely.
Lipton Tea Bags.
Before potting a plant, place several Lipton Tea Bags (new or used)
on top of the drainage layer of pebbles, pottery shards, or panty
hose (see L’eggs Sheer Energy Panty Hose above) at the bottom of the
planter. The tea bags retain water and provide nutrients for the