I’ve had two of these Five Ways Fruit Farms crates for a few years now and never really done anything with them. But when I was at the garden centre a couple of weeks ago I picked up some Primulas in pots and decided that one of them would look good in one of the crates. From there I built around the primula and now I have a rather neat container garden going with all sorts growing.
I started, last week before the rain came, with a crate.
I lined it with a bin liner, tearing some holes in to the bottom of it so the water can drain and stapled the bin liner to the sides of the crate.
I added some gravel.
And a small amount of soil to the bottom.
At this point I recommend that you move the crate to where you want it to end up as they can get very heavy.
I started by adding the potted Primula to one corner of the crate.
These beautiful things are fast becoming a favourite of mine.
I then added a thyme plant, that I had bought from the supermarket and was outgrowing its pot, to the opposite corner so it wasn’t hidden by the height of the Primula.
I also added a cutting form some sedum that I had in a pot, a small dahlia and a small foxglove that I dug up from the garden. I replanted them all and added some well rotted compost. There isn’t a huge amount of room in the crate, despite it being fairly deep, so the primula was the largest and most established plant I used. It was also the tallest and largest which is why I put that in first and then built the rest of this mini garden around it.
We have rather a lot of moss on our roof which falls off in large soggy clumps when it rains. So I picked the fellas up from the drive and put them over the top of the earth in the crate and then filled in those gaps with gravel.
I even put a small clump of moss just inside the handle at the front. It’s a nice little trick and gives the impression that my container garden is flourishing. Which I hope it shall.
And here it is from behind, sitting nicely on the wall. I’ll push it back slightly to make it more secure and I’m looking forward to seeing how it’ll come on when the weather warms up.
I should warn you that when they are complete they can be very heavy. So if you decide to make one of these as a gift for someone (I think gifting them is a fantastic idea by the way and having seen them for sale for a great deal of money I think they are PERFECT) then decide how you’ll transport it and if you’ll need help to do so.
And don’t just stick to the flowers I have chosen, you could grow sweet peas, broad beans, wild flowers, even a rose. In fact anything that will do well in a pot. Choose different heights and plan them accordingly.
A container such as old crate adds interest to the garden and some structure to this corner in particular.
Another garden nook, sorted!
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