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The Best Cascading Flowers for Window Boxes

When it comes to window box planting, there is a rule of thumb that many are aware of; it’s known as the “thriller, filler, and spiller” rule, which gives the window box a balanced, beautiful design. Cascading flowers for window boxes, the “spillers” of the triune, are called such because they “spill out” of the […]

How to Keep Hanging Baskets from Drying Out

“Why do my hanging baskets die?” This is a common question, and yet the answer in most cases is surprisingly simple: they are not getting enough, or a consistent amount of, water. Because the plants and flowers that are planted in hanging baskets have little room to grow, and the small amount of soil included […]

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What to Plant in Window Boxes in Full Sun

Choosing the perfect collection of plants for your window boxes can be an overwhelming decision, one made even more complicated when that window box is in a full sun location. Planting window boxes that will really pop means choosing plants that can…

Bleeding Heart Plants for Shade Window Boxes

Best Plants for Shade Window Boxes

When most people think of shade loving plants, what comes to mind are boring foliage bearers and a limited selection of tired, worn out, overused flowers. This is only the beginning of what you can put in a window box, though! Shade window boxes can be amazing, intriguing and…

Hard-to-Kill Plants for Your Fiberglass Flower Boxes

As a self-proclaimed “brown thumb gardener” (somewhere between green and black), I am always looking for low-maintenance gardening tips and tricks to make my greenery look—and stay looking—great with little care. That is why I’ve compiled this list of plants and flowers that are as hardy as they are pretty, and perfect for fiberglass flower boxes.

Eco-Friendly Garden Tips

Whether April 22nd is a bright, sunny day or a cloudy, snowy one where you live, it’s almost certain that you’ll be dreaming of the beauty and bounty of your garden in the summertime on Earth Day. Not only is Earth Day a powerful reminder of the many things you can do to help protect […]

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Self-Watering Reservoirs: Best Kept Secret in Container Gardening

Are you searching for a simple solution for keeping your plants healthy? By using self-watering planters, you do not have to worry about regular watering. You simply fill the self-watering reservoirs for window boxes and your plants take care of the rest – remaining hydrated weeks at a time, depending on weather conditions.

Thanks to this easy-to-use container irrigation setup, you no longer need a green thumb to maintain your plant life. Read on to learn how to make DIY self-watering planters for residential or commercial use.

What is a Self-Watering Reservoir?

As the name implies, self-watering reservoirs for window boxes and planters allow your plants to absorb water as needed. They are essentially plastic containers with a tube extending from the top.

You can find them in a wide selection of sizes and shapes, to accommodate any planter. This includes our 36x8x3-inch rectangular self-watering reservoir, which fits rectangular planters. For a large square planter, we have a 24x24x3-inch reservoir – along with dozens of other options, including custom reservoirs to fit your planter.

In this educational container gardening video, Claire covers how to make any window box planter self-watering in just minutes. Click to watch or shop planter box reservoirs online.

How Do You Use Self-Watering Planters?

Self-watering planters are incredibly easy to use. They also ensure that your plants do not receive too much or too little water. You just need to choose the right size. Plants will wick moisture from the surrounding 9 inches of soil, depending on the plan and planter size. So, your reservoir should be no more than 18-inches shorter than the length of your planter, again proportional relative to size.

There are just 3 steps to using your reservoir to keep your plants hydrated:

Step 1 – Arranging Your Reservoir

First, you place a thin layer of gravel along the bottom of your planter. This will help provide drainage in the event that you add too much water. Top off the gravel with an inch or two of soil. You then set your reservoir on top of the gravel and soil layers. The included fill tube 

Step 1: Place Reservoir in Any Window Box Planter

Step 2 – Adding Soil and Plants

With your reservoir in place, you can begin adding soil. As you add soil, tamp it down, while avoiding packing too firmly. Make sure that you allow the reservoir tube to extend from the surface of your soil.

Once you add soil, you can add plants as usual. You can hide the tube, but you should ensure that you can still easily pour water into it.

Step 2: After placing the planter reservoir in your container, add soil and plants.

Step 3 – Fill Your Reservoir with Water

The final step is to fill your reservoir with water. Pour water until you can see water in the tube. Through capillary action, your plants will absorb as much water as they need. You no longer have to deal with over or under-watering.

Generally, a full reservoir should keep your plants hydrated for up to 2 weeks. This makes PlanterWell reservoirs great for residential and commercial use. Conserve water and keep plants hydrated as needed while reducing maintenance time and increasing curb appeal with beautiful containers.

Step 3: After adding soil and plants, fill reservoir with water using the PVC fill tube. There is no way to over water!

You should be able to tell when the reservoir is empty by looking through the watering tube. Shining a light down the tube could help with this process. Much like you check the oil levels of your vehicle you can also use a dowel to measure water levels. You should refill your reservoir in the mornings before the plants begin to receive their sunlight for the day for best results.

Simplify Your Plant Care with Water Reservoirs

Caring for plants is not always easy. You may forget to water them regularly or you may not have the time to keep your plants watered. For this reason, many turn to the best-kept secret in container gardening – self-watering reservoirs.

If you want to simplify the way you care for your plants, then consider using self-watering planters. You can start with a self-watering reservoir DIY project or purchase any of our durable pre-made reservoirs.

You can easily add a self-watering system to any of your existing residential or commercial planters. Browse our selection of planter reservoirs to create your own self-watering garden.

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Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

2015’s Top 6 Gardening Resolutions and Trends

It’s that time of year again, the time for making resolutions. Whether your resolutions are to get to the gym more, go to sleep earlier, or save more money, we’ve complied a couple resolutions that will still fall in line with the classic ones and a couple that that will be trending in the New Year.

Here are 2015’s Top 6 Gardening Resolutions & Trends:

  1. Get outside more. Take a walk around your building at lunch, walk around the block with your family after dinner, or do a little spring prep in the garden to ensure for a prosperous garden come springtime. Try container gardening if you’re in a region of the country where it’s just too cold to be outside right now. Window boxes with a cleat hanging system make perfect containers for small space gardening. Plant whatever your heart desires (keep in mind the small space), keep the box inside until it’s warmer outside, and then hang it below your window once it’s warm enough outside. Click Here to find out When and How to Start Seeds Indoors.
Egg carton and egg shells with young plants

Do-it-yourself seed starting in eggshells! Image from Hew and Sew.

  1. Use new gardening tools. If you’re an avid gardener or you’re just starting out, gardening tools are you best friends. Start off the New Year with new gardening tools. They’ll be all clean and shiny and you’ll want to get in the garden and yard ASAP to break them in. This is also a great time of year to order your garden trellises so they’re ready to use when you buy plants in the Spring.
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  1. Improve your home’s curb appeal. This is a biggie. You’re lucky if this can be accomplished in one afternoon, but for the rest of you, this will be an ongoing but incredibly rewarding project! All it takes is some motivation (like seeing a gorgeous house on Pinterest), dedication, and a plan. You can improve your home’s curb appeal by simply mowing the grass, trimming the grass along the sidewalk, and pruning bushes and trees. But if you really want to differentiate your home from all the other houses on the block, think about installing exterior window shutters, window boxes, or flanking your front door with planters with tall topiaries. Click Here to meet Sage, she’s our curb appeal expert. Follow us on YouTube and we’ll let you know when she has her next curb appeal tips video!

  1. Try new plants. This may seem daunting as you are probably very comfortable in your current flower/plant situation. But isn’t that was the New Year is all about, trying something different? Add a more colorful arrangement of flowers to your planters, mix it up with different heights and densities of plants, and plant some veggies that you’d like to cook up later to go along with the next resolution.
"A Cheerful Hello" - WindowBoxContest.com Entry

“A Cheerful Hello” – WindowBoxContest.com Entry

  1. Eat healthier. This one can be a little difficult for those of you that work from sun up to sun down but there are small and also very affordable ways you can make small changes that will make a huge difference later. You can grow your own herbs in your kitchen. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love fresh basil and mint? With container gardening, you can even grow mushrooms, tomatoes, and micro greens right on your countertop. Click Here to view seed starters and tabletop grow boxes.
This should spice things up!

This should spice things up!

  1. Save more money. Isn’t this something everyone strives for in the New Year? You can accomplish this multiple ways this year. Save money on your water bill by using planter reservoirs in your pots and hanging baskets so you never need to worry about over or under watering your plants. You can also save money on your water bill by planting drought-tolerant plants that naturally require less water. Dramatically reduce your grocery expenses by growing your own herbs, veggies, tomatoes, and lettuce. You can even plan ahead and start growing your own lemon tree for delicious citrus in the coming years! Click Here to view planter reservoirs.
    Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

    Use window planter reservoirs for container gardening success.

    You can shop all of these great gardening solutions at www.HooksandLattice.com, or simply pick up the phone and call us for guidance: 1-800-896-0978.

 

Hooks & Lattice Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Top Ten Gardening Gifts for Christmas 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014

 

Hello, holidays! ‘Tis the season to discover wonderful and unique holiday gift ideas for family, friends and Secret Santa trades. Check out these home and garden decorations to delight a range of loved ones and colleagues on your shopping list this year.

This set of mini garden statues fit gardens of any size.

This set of mini garden statues fit gardens of any size.

1. Gorgeous Garden Statues 

Price range: $30-$70

These pretty little toadstools make great gardening gifts all-around. Whether planting in small containers or a large back yard, statuettes lend an element of surprise to botanical arrangements. In addition to bright, whimsical colors our selection also features metallic styles like pewter statues for more minimalist gardeners.

 

Glittering with fresh 'snow' this live pine wreath welcomes everyone warmly.

Glittering with fresh ‘snow’ this live pine wreath welcomes everyone warmly.

 


2. “Whispering Winds” Winter Wreath

Price range: $50-$60 with shipping

Delicate snowflakes, noble fir sprigs and silvery frosted accents – it doesn’t get more wonderfully wintery than that! This living evergreen wreath makes an elegant front door hanger for the holidays. Great for party hosts, office gift trades and next-door neighbors.

 

Fun and unique for the gardener who has everything.

Fun and unique for the gardener who has everything.


3.Decorative Moss Obelisk 

Price range: Starting at $46

Although these garden decorations are not officially holiday-themed, they certainly feel seasonal. Each cheerful wire obelisk is embellished with lifelike moss-mat material. Gift recipients will love them for front steps or the holiday hearth. Available in three sizes.

A complete DIY kit for indoor gardeners.

A complete DIY kit for indoor gardeners.

 

4. Hanging Teardrop Terrarium Kit

Price range: $25 + shipping

Whisk life and color into someone’s wintertime decor this season. Terrarium kits are among those unique holiday gift ideas with a “green” spirit. And anyone can assemble and enjoy with this easy all-in-one package – kids and growing-novices included!

 

Fun and modern, terrariums fit in windowsills and on desktops for a pop of color.

Fun and modern, terrariums fit in windowsills and on desktops for a pop of color.

 

5. Bottle Terrarium Kit for Tabletops

Price range: $39 + shipping

Just a touch more advanced than our #4 gardening gift suggestion, this tabletop terrarium kit lets indoor growers start from seed. Again, we love this as a Christmas gift idea for eco-inclined youngsters. Terrariums also make memorable ideas for holiday gift exchanges with a $50 spending limit.

 

Rolls come in 4, 8, 16 and 33 foot lengths.

Lengths: 4, 8, 16 and 33-foot

 

6. Coconut Coir Liner Rolls

Price range: $25 and up

This may not seem like the most exciting of garden gifts, but we guarantee container growers who use coco husk will love you for it! Want to spruce up the presentation? Add fun wrapping paper and tie springtime seeds onto the roll with a festive bow.

 

Urban dwellers love these modern hanging planters.

Urban dwellers love these modern hanging planters.

 

7. Lunar Hanging Bowl Planter

Price range: $24 and up

Know someone with an eye for modern details? This indoor hanging basket is oh-so sleek and stunning. Potted with simple green grasses and herbs, it’s the ultimate addition to minimal-chic home decor. Also available in sphere and oblong shapes for a modern mix-and-match.

 

This should spice things up!

This should spice things up!

 

8. Hot Pepper “Foodie” Growing Kit

Price range: $22 + shipping

Help friends and family heat up cold winter nights with some spicy, homegrown peppers. Ideal for lovers of cuisine or as a creative $25 gift exchange idea. All materials and instructions included. Foodie Seed Kits also come in tomato and basil varieties.

 

Eco-conscious giving never looked so stylish!

Eco-conscious giving never looked so stylish!


9. Lavender Seed Kit and Bamboo Planter

Price range: $20 + shipping

Looking for Secret Santa ideas in the $25 range? Tap into the appeal of lovely lavender for your lucky recipient. This handy growing kit is made in the USA and totally eco-friendly. Great for windowsills and work desks. Not into purple? Check out green herb alternatives like mint and parsley.

 

A green & recycled gift for small space gardening.

A green & recycled gift for small space gardening.

10. Basil Seeds & Recycled Bottle Planter Kit

Price range: $40-$45 with shipping

Calling this the ultimate “green” Christmas gift isn’t a stretch. A re-purposed wine bottle turned into eco-friendly growing space? Um, yes please! Add some basil seeds to the equation and you’ve got a delectable pesto-producing plot that doubles as attractive home decor. A no-brainer for anyone on your holiday shopping list. Check out more ideas like this one here.

 

For more unique, garden-centric holiday gift ideas be sure to visit us at http://www.hooksandlattice.com and follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.

Group containers filled with colorful perennials to maximize seasonal decor.

Best Containers for Perennial Success

Group containers filled with colorful perennials to maximize seasonal decor.

Group containers filled with colorful perennials to maximize seasonal decor.

Best Containers for Perennial Success

If you want the beauty of fresh plants without the trouble of planting new seeds and starters each year, perennials are the way to go. These plants come in a huge variety of options and keep growing, year after year. Perennials are perfect plants for containers, but choosing the right planter is key to perennial container gardening success. Here are a few things to look for:

Size

Perennials tend to have larger root systems than annuals, so size is a very important factor in determining container gardening success. Larger pots also give perennials room to “overwinter”, or last multiple seasons, because the larger amount of soil and roots protects the plants from freezing conditions. Pay close attention to plant tags when choosing your perennials. Consider how big the plant will be at its fullest, and pay special attention to planting depth. For plants that don’t require as much root room, a shorter container such as this Lattice Premier Planter will work. If you are planting larger perennials that need room to grow, opt for something like the Laguna Premier Planter.

Drainage

Pick a container for perennials that has at least one hole for drainage so the roots get some air circulation and don’t rot. More holes can be better for some plants, but don’t pick a container with too many holes or the plant will lose all nutrition from the water. The material can also play a big role in how a container holds water. Plastic containers are lightweight and tend to hold moisture well. Clay pots can be more attractive but may not hold water as long if they aren’t glazed or sealed. A good alternative is an imitation or composite resin pot, like these Eloquence Tall Resin Planters, that are lightweight and hold water well.

Style

Perennial flowers containers should compliment the style of your home and the flowers in the pot. Consider the look you are going for; if it is a sleek, modern look opt for a container like the Devondale Round Planter. A more traditional style garden would work well in a container like the Fieldfare Planter. Perennials do well mixed together in large containers or separately. A grouping of small containers like the Glendon Tapered Round Planters is a trendy and stylish option to showcase plants in a way that can be rearranged and moved. Remember than perennials in containers can thrive for years, so pick a container you will be happy with for years to come.

The good thing about perennials is that they are generally hardy plants. If you feel overwhelmed trying to find the perfect container for perennials, experiment a bit until you find one that fits your needs. You plants can always be moved from one to another. For more information and resources on perennials, visit the Perennial Plant Association. Soon you will be on your way to a beautiful container garden year after year.