During one of my visits to the nursery this week I picked up an interesting tip from one of my favorite plant experts.
Yes, that is a diaper.
She recommended I put a diaper in the bottom of my potted plants. It's especially helpful in small/hanging pots. It retains moisture and keeps my hanging pots from dripping. Genius! I'm not sure if I'll really see a difference, but I'll keep you posted. My little hangers did get really dry every day so maybe the diaper trick will work a little magic. If anything, the hanging pots aren't dripping like they used to, and that's certainly worth a diaper or two.
|a little lavendar bacopa and dark blue lobelia (soon they'll be trailing down the sides)|
Speaking of diapers...
I feel pretty lucky that Carson seems to like gardening as much as do. Give my guy a shovel, some dirt and a bucket of water and he's a happy camper. I had quite the proud mom moment this week when he walked into the backyard, picked up his mini rake, started raking the lawn and said "MAMA". Yep, buddy, you're a gardener just like mama, and nothing could make me happier.
If you're interested in gardening, here are a couple of books that I've been really loving.
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
(I'm getting ready to plant my raised bed again and I love his method)
52 Weeks in the California Garden by Robert Smaus
(Obviously only good for Californians, but if you live here, read it)
If anyone has any other great gardening reads, I would love to hear about them!