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Conserve water using pretty woven flower planters

I absolutely love the metal hanging baskets, deck and patio planters that I keep seeing in all the garden centers. They're simple, classic yet modern and elegant. You just add a woven liner, dirt and then plan your favorite flowers. I bought a bunch of them on sale a the end of the growing season last year so this spring I as ready to rock some awesome flower decor on my deck.

However, I quickly realized when you water your flowers in these woven lined planters, the water rushes right out the bottom. In Colorado, it's so dry that the dirt needs a way to absorb the water easier or the plants won't grow well. Since the liners don't come with watering instructions I had to get a little creative to help conserve water in these planters.

Easy enough – the fix is really simple. Just line the bottom of each woven liner with plastic wrap before adding your dirt. A single layer of plastic wrap is plenty. If you add too much plastic, you could end up with some gross moldy mess after a bit. I also found, you really don't need to line the sides as the planters do need a bit of room to breath.

woven planter liner
woven planter liner
line bottom with plastic wrap
line bottom with plastic wrap
fill planter with dirt
fill planter with dirt

Plant your seeds or plants as usual and you're set.

Next I'm working on a mini sprinkler system for the deck so that I don't have to water my plants every day and they'll survive the hot summer weather.

Do you have any summer gardening tricks or tips you'd like to share?

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