A DIY Three-Tiered Planter

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Here is a creative idea I came across this week that turns three plastic pots into an eye catching three-tiered planter.  This design is easily recreated with various sized planters you may already have at home, this model uses three shallow, wide-mouthed containers, with a section of PVC pipe, and some PVC glue.  Additional Terra Cotta spray paint is optional, but can really improve the appearance with your final product.

How To Use This Idea At Your Place:

  1. To follow this model, place the largest pot on your patio and fill it completely with soil.
  2. Choose PVC pipe with a wide diameter, and trim one piece of it to a length greater than 12 inches.  The section in our model was about 14 inches long, but can be greater in length to allow for taller plants in your middle planter.
  3. Place your medium sized pot on the soil of your base pot, and begin filling it with dirt.
  4. Find the center of your medium pot, and work the PVC section into it, while continuing to add soil to the pot, and to the middle of your “planted” PVC section. Place the rough end of your trimmed PVC section down in the dirt, leaving the smooth end for gluing.
  5. Fill the PVC section with dirt only to the soil line of the rest of the pot to stabilize the structure you are making.
  6. Using the PVC glue, coat the exposed lip of the PVC and center your empty top pot over it.
  7. Leave the structure to dry for 24 hours before touching or filling the top pot.
  8. Use a Terra Cotta spray paint to coat the outside of the PVC pipe, and to tie the Tiered Planter together visually.

One thing I like about this design is the separated containers. Annuals can be changed out regularly in only one level at a time, and the moment one layer of plants begins to fade you can substitute new flowers there right away for perfect long lasting color.  When completely filled and mature the planter looks like a solid cone of flowers, and it looks great on balconies and patios that are short on gardening space.

Your Thoughts: Have you tried a stacked design before in your garden?

Using PVC, or a Recycled Water Bottle to Keep Your Strawberry Pot Moist

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Strawberry pots are beautiful additions to a front porch, or balcony garden, but keeping the moisture and water inside a pot covered with holes can be anything but a walk in the park!  If you are looking online at Strawberry pot recipes, and want to plant flowers and herbs in your container that need moist soil, simply watering the exterior of your pot heavily with a hose can lead to soil loss in each of the cupolas on the side of the container.

What You Need:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Drill
  • One PVC Section (size approximate to your container), or One Water Bottle
  1. Measure the distance from the bottom inside the pot to just above the top lip of the pot. Ideally you want any reservoir inside the container to have its own opening above the soil line. If you are using a PVC section, use the measurement to decide the best length necessary for your reservoir.
  2. Drill 5-7 small holes around your pipe or bottle at differing heights, to allow water to seep gradually out of your reservoir and into the soil of your pot.
  3. Fill the bottom 2 inches of your pot with soil, and place your PVC section (or plastic bottle) in the center of the pot, allowing up to 1 inch of the pipe to be at rest above where your soil line in the pot will be once it is filled.
  4. Fill in the center of your pot with soil, leaving the cupolas empty until your plants are ready to be placed in them.

Fill the reservoir at least once per week, and see if this method of watering won’t take the hassle out of caring for your own strawberry pot garden.