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Tipsy Pots - for Motinot

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I saw these on another website, and must give credit to Scotkat. Please PM me if you would like to know the website address.

What you need:

At least 3 pots of varying size

plastic covered metal rod long enough to go through the pots and well down into the soil for support (you could use any strong rod – bamboo would not be strong enough)

What to do:

1. Open up the hole at the bottom of the pot back towards the edge of the pot. I used terracotta pots, so I used a round file. A bit tedious, but not too difficult. The closer you get to the edge, the more the pots will tip.

2. Sink the support into the ground so that it is strong and stable.

3. Thread the pots onto the rod, largest at the bottom and tip them. Turn each one slightly to form a spiral or whatever shape you want. I found I needed to wedge a couple to keep them steady.

4. Fill with compost and plant up. You may find it easier to place and fill one pot at a time, but I suggest you try out the whole stack first – once they are filled, they are more difficult to adjust.

5. I half buried plastic bottles (the little ones) before I planted, to help watering – otherwise it all runs out when you water.

If you want a really zig-zag effect, three largeish pots with holes opened right back to the side are very effective. The holes on mine are back about halfway or a little more.

Hope this makes sense!

PS I have now added this picture of my stack of pots. It has stayed stable all through since last summer – this is its second planting. I hammered the post into the ground with a mallet. The soil is quite light, but it hasn’t moved.

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Perhaps teabags in the bottom of each pot would help
to retain moisture ?

17 Mar, 2013

 

It would be interesting to see how it turns out.

17 Mar, 2013

 

Thank you very much for this instruction.

17 Mar, 2013

 

That looks a treat Mel and the instructions are very easy to follow.

17 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks folks - good luck if you try them.

That's a good idea, Diane. The trick is to manage to water them in the first place! Slow and steady does the job, otherwise the water just cascades over the side of the pot.

17 Mar, 2013

 

They look great adding to favourites I might give them a try myself, thanks for the instructions Mel.

17 Mar, 2013

 

your attempt is very eyecatching! I've seen these in pictures on Kaths site - well done on with what you've created.

17 Mar, 2013

 

Hi Mel ... Useful blog ... :o)))

17 Mar, 2013

 

I love it, Mel! I don't think I would have the patience! lol!

17 Mar, 2013

 

they look very good. OH may get a file out if I ask nicely :o)

17 Mar, 2013

 

i love it....would work well with succulents as they dont need much water...

17 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks for all the positive comments! I have to say they really caught my fancy, and for once I actually acted on the impulse. The stack of pots is now a permanent (I hope) feature in the garden, and will no doubt be planted up with summer bedding again this year. The (half-) buried bottles seemed to solve the watering problems and I expect to have similar results this summer. In any case, I shall keep you posted...

17 Mar, 2013

 

Look great and instructions and tips are so helpful! Looking forward to seeing photos of everybody's creations!

17 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks Sarahm - it would be great to see pictures!

17 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks melchi, I put this in my favourites, would love to try to make one.

17 Mar, 2013

 

Have a go, Sticki - if I can do it, I'm sure you can!

17 Mar, 2013

 

I will let you know how I get on, not at all sure it will be anything like as good as yours.

18 Mar, 2013

 

Yes it will!

18 Mar, 2013

 

A lovely idea, particularly with tailing plants in the summer!! Or, even strawberries, I suppose!!

18 Mar, 2013

 

Strawberries would be great. I had trailing lobelia last summer, and it spilled out beautifully.

18 Mar, 2013

 

Great garden feature.

20 Mar, 2013

 

Thanks, Dian. I am very pleased with it.

21 Mar, 2013

 

Ingenous, Melchisedec!
Teabags would alter the ph balance of the compost, I'd imagine.

7 May, 2013

 

Very possibly. I found burying upside-down plastic bottles with the bottoms cut off worked quite well.

7 May, 2013

 

Plumber's flexi-pipe...works a treat on large shrubs & trees & you can cut it to length & cap it, too.
No good for this job, but...er...TAXI! Lol.

9 May, 2013

 

That's a good tip, Mouldy - short lengths would work in pots. It's just a question of channelling the water down rather than having it run off the surface, taking quantities of soil with it!

9 May, 2013

 

Thinner flexi-hose, then.
Used to do forestry & the occasional private jobs.
Some folk want adult, established shrubs & trees, so it's vital the plant has water.
A root ball that requires major mechanical work to transplant needs more than a couple of watering cans to survive, as you'd imagine.
We started using flexi-hoses in the late 80's.
No reason why they can't be scaled down, right?
Bish-bosh...job done.
Fertiliser, water...presto.
Why, I bet you could even use it as a speaking-tube to give the roots words of encouragement.
Too much?
Well, whizz it in circles over your head & it makes a brilliant noise!
Yeah, I thought you'd like that one. Lol.

9 May, 2013

 

Oh yes - a bit like Crocodile Dundee's bush telephone!

10 May, 2013

 

LOL!
Your taste in movies is impeccable.

11 May, 2013

 

;-)

11 May, 2013

 

This looks great. I only have a few small terracotta pots and one large one. Will keep an eye out for some decent sized ones and have a go.

19 May, 2013

 

I hope you have success with it, Homebird.

I am going to plant the primroses out in the wild area later this month, and put some summer bedding into the pots like I did last year (I can't believe it's nearly a year since I made these!)

19 May, 2013

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