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Monday, September 12, 2016

Chair Garden 101 - How to repurpose an old chair into a container garden




Repurposing an old chair into a container garden is a perfect way to add interest to your front porch, deck or garden spot beyond the typical potted planter. My friends know me, so it was no surprise when my pal Diana opened her car trunk and handed me an old iron ice cream parlor chair. Worn, peeling white paint, and darling; perfect for a chair garden.  As soon as I saw the missing circular seat, I knew that I could pop a pre-made wire hanging plant basket into that hole, and here's how I did it.




Chair Garden 101


#1 Gather Your Ingredients:
-Zip ties to secure the basket, scissors for snipping zip ties, opening soil bags and trimming your foliage. 
-Wire hanging plant container measured for the diameter of the seat.
-Coco liner (if it didn't come with one).  Get a spare if you want to add a protective layer to the top of the soil.
-MiracleGro 'Moisture Control' potting mix. A good all around potting mix.
-Watering can and water.
-Assorted seasonal flowering annuals. I chose late summer/fall finds at my local Lowes. Look for a few tall, a few bushy and then a trailer -one that will spill over. 


container garden
Gather your ingredients to create a CHAIR GARDEN


#2. Pop in wire hanging plant container and secure with zip ties, Snip ends. Line container with coco liner.

Chair Garden and wire hanging basket
Secure wire basket to Chair with zip ties


#3. Add soil to the container, fill half way up. You can add more as you add your plants. 
Fill halfway up with potting soil


#4 Add in plants, taller in back, bushy in the middle and add the trailer to the front.  Fill in soil and then give your creation a good, long shower of water. 

After arranging, water CHAIR GARDEN well

I like to purchase a 2nd coco liner and shred it and tuck it around all the plantings.  This will keep the moisture in, protect the soil from spilling out when watering and also add a decorative look. You can also use store bought moss for the same effect.

container garden instructions
A final layer of shredded coco liner completes the CHAIR GARDEN




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