Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Quick Pot Makeover to Spruce up the Deck

I love a quick makeover that costs nothing.  My back deck is in great need of some love, so I thought I'd spruce it up with a few replanted pots.  Just so it feels like someone cares.

This is what I had to go with, plus a half used bag of potting mix, which was drying out and some white pebbles from the back path.  It's not magazine worthy yet, but it beats spending money on something like this, which would set you back $20 -$30 in the shops.

 And I think it lifts the space, which was previously a bare box.  Once the plants grow up a bit it will look so much better.  A lick of paint on the retaining wall and the adirondack, would not hurt either.  I'm thinking charcoal for the wall and white for the chair.

Just remember, when you repot anything using only the stem, cut it diagonally so the surface area for water uptake is larger, thus giving the plant a better chance at surviving.  I usually repot with succulents, as they are almost impossible to kill.  The diagonal cut tip is the same for hydrangea cuttings.  If you are taking a cutting of a plant stem, cut that diagonally too.  If you cut it flat the water can sit there and rot the plant.  A diagonal cut allows the waster to run off.  Just some tips I learned from when mum and dad had a vineyard. 

Next for the deck spruce up, was this corner next to the surfboard.

I cleaned the mold off the buoy and potted up another succulent that had been languishing down the back, just hanging out for a bit of love.  This spot is still a work in progress, but a big improvement on the before, which was bare. 

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  1. You can't go wrong with succulents :) Your deck looks very inviting!

  2. I'd love to get some succulents. Maybe they are hardier than the other plants I have... I really am not great at all in the garden and could do with getting much better. This simple repot does make a difference. Holidays are great times for a bit of tidying and refreshing.

  3. Thanks for the tip about diagonal cuts.


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