How to Prepare a Wire Planter for Planting

I thought it would be a good time to delve into the old posts and see what I could find that ya’ll might find interesting (since I’m on a bit of a summer break!).  It’s amazing to see just how far I have come along in photography pics for the blog!  I DO hope you agree with me… I’m a little better, right?? right???? :-).

These are so much fun to make.  They are all over my fence!  Hope you enjoy!

I love to find old wire/iron planters.  I have several hanging on my fence with ivy, bacopa and choleus.  I have found that if I put them in a spot that gets a little bit of morning sun and mostly afternoon shade, they do great!

A few weeks ago I was at our local nursery and was drooling over all of the iron planters.  They are not cheap!  I fell in love with the big baskets that have a handle (I know there is a name for these but for the life of me, I can’t think of what it is right now)…cost: $125!  I could not justify a wired basket (rusty, mind you) to put in my flower bed IN MY BACKYARD!

Two weeks later I was with my daughter-in-law, Karen (who by the way is the funnest and bestest d-in-law I could hope for), at the Long Beach Antique Fair and low and behold, right in front of me was the EXACT wire basket that I had seen at the nursery here in Fresno!!! The price…$25.  I couldn’t grab it fast enough.  I was sure there was 10 people behind me just waiting to pounce on this amazing, rusty, wire basket! ha! What a treasure I had found!!!  By the way….if anyone can share with me why these metal things are so expensive….I would LOVE to know!!!  Don’t they just weld and bend the wire?????

Let me share with you a very simple tutorial on how to prepare your wire basket/planter for planting a plant (tongue twister, yet again):

Here are the items that you will need:

Wire basket/planter (try to find a planter that doesn’t have too much room between the wires on the sides, as the moss will fall through and not hold your soil, I’d say no more than 4 in), plants, 5 gallon bucket filled half with water, dried green moss (I used 2 bags for this project) and Miracle Grow Moisture Control (love this stuff).

I have been able to find the dried green moss at smaller nurseries.  I believe that Michael’s and Joann’s carries it also.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to find it at Lowes or Home Depot.

1.  Fill your water bucket 1/2 full with water.  Submerge the moss  completely into the water and let it sit in the water for about 30 minutes.

2.  Gather handfuls of the wet moss from the bucket and gently squeeze (I mean gently because there are sticks in it that poke!)

3.  Once it feels fairly dry from the water being squeezed out (start on the bottom of your planter) placing a thick layer of the moss.  Continue this up the sides.  Sometimes I will place one hand outside the planter and one hand inside the planter and push the moss from each side.  Be sure to use large, thick pieces of the moss.  You don’t want any holes, otherwise the soil will fall through.

4.  Be sure to go as far up the sides of the planter as you are able to.  I go a little bit over the edge.

5.  Fill your container about 1/2 full with the Moisture Control Soil.  I have found that Miracle Grow makes the best!

6.  Add the plants.

7.  After the plants are in, cover the base of your plants with the moisture soil.  Fertilize and water.


WARNING:  These are very addicting!!!!!


How To Make A Succulent Wreath

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Last week after bible study, a group of us ladies got together and made a succulent wreath.  It was so much fun and very easy!  These wreaths are so simple to care for.  They do not require alot of water and they do well in the sun and shade – very low maintenance – my kind of plant.   You can hang them or use them as a table decoration (pretty with a candle in the middle).

Supplies Needed

2 Metal Wreaths (same size)
Planting Mix (Miracle Grow Moisture Control)
Fishing Line
Sphagnum Moss
Burlap Ribbon
Floral Pins
Sharpy Pen (or something to poke a hole into the moss)

My BFF, did a great job setting everything up for us!

Step 1:  Fill a bowl with water and add the moss, making sure that the moss is submerged all the way into the water.  Soak your moss for at least 1 hour.

We even had gloves!  The woman thinks of everything 🙂

Step 2: Begin by grabbing a handful of moss and squeezing out all of the water.

Step 3:  Begin attaching your moss to the front of a wreath.  Pack it tight and push it through the wires so that it stays.

Step 4:  Once you have the front of your wreath covered, turn it over and put your potting soil into the back of the wreath.

Step 5:  Place the 2nd wreath on top of the potting soil.

Step 6:  Attach moss to the 2nd side of the wreath.  Make sure that you add moss to the sides.

Step 7:    Cut a long piece of fishing line (about 3-4 ft) and wrap around your wreath (spacing widely) to hold it together.  I went around my twice (2nd time was the opposite way).   Tie off with a knot.

Step 8: Using a sharpie (or anything to poke a hole) poke a hole where you want to plant your succulent.

Step 9: As you plant your succulents, use the floral pins to hold them in.  Don’t put the pin through the actual plant, just try to  “catch” part of the plant to hold it down.

Step 9:  Be sure that you leave some room to put your bow on… You might want to do this before you start putting in your succulents!

You can learn from my mistakes 🙂

I love how they turned out!

Be sure to water your wreath regularly until the succulent’s roots get established.

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