We want to see the beautiful window box gardens you’ve created, that inspire you and that make you smile. At Hooks & Lattice we know how much love and attention you put into the window boxes you create and how seeing a beautiful window box can brighten your day. So help us spread the window box love during August and September for a chance to win a $100 Hooks & Lattice prize each week. Read more
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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 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 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.
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.
Water is not always a free-flowing resource, especially as we look for new forms of conservation and ways to limit our impact on the environment. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure you do not waste water while keeping your plants healthy. Whether you have difficulty keeping your plants watered or want to learn new ways to help the environment, the use of self-watering planters will be beneficial. Keep reading to learn more about self-watering reservoirs and how to begin conserving water to do your part for the environment this Earth Day.
How to Choose a Planter Reservoir
When choosing a planter reservoir, pick from a range of sizes to fit your existing planter or contact us for custom sizes and orders, including planter reservoirs for window boxes, planter boxes, and even hanging baskets. No matter what type of plant you want to grow, you can make any container self-watering by adding one of our quality water reservoirs.
Setting Up a Self-Watering Reservoir
In order for your planter to properly disperse water, follow our instructions for using a planter well self-watering reservoir and look over some of the sizes we have available. This is something that any homeowner can do and setting up your self-watering planter is not a complicated task. In addition to window boxes, we also have a range of options for those wanting flowerpot reservoir inserts.
If you need to utilize a hanging basket for your plants, we have you covered. We have two separate options for your hanging plants – choose from a fiberglass hanging basket insert, which is a perfect match for our coconut coir basket liners, and a hanging basket planter reservoir. Both are easy to install and simple to refill.
We also have square self-watering systems for square containers and large rounded reservoirs for larger planters. These reservoirs are installed in the same manner as the other water systems and over time you will discover that they offer a great return on investment.
Yet another solution for saving water and the time needed to refill your reservoir is the use of a rain catcher. These large water reservoirs can collect rain run-off from your downspouts, making the entire process hassle-free.
Save Time and Money
Having a planter reservoir can help you save time and money by limiting the amount of work needed to care for your plants on a regular basis and helping you conserve water. In some areas, recent droughts have led to water rationing and an increase in water utility rates. Save water in the garden and time needed to care for plants. As a bonus, conserving water is a great step towards limiting your use of natural resources and helping out the environment.
For any type of plant life, you can save water, time, and money, by using a planter reservoir. To start saving water while caring for your plant life, visit our website and take a look at our self-watering reservoirs for window boxes, planters, and hanging baskets. For custom sizes and order, feel free to contact us any time.
You’ve waited all year to find out who the winners of the Window Box Contest for 2014 are and we have them for you! After much deliberating and deciding who should be granted the best window boxes in America, we’ve finally come to a decision. Check out the winners below, then formulate your 2015 photo contest takeover.
1st Place for Window Box on a Rail: Coming to Life: A Deck’s Transformation by Janet Sheehan
The transformation from the beginning of the season to the height of the season is just miraculous! Janet did a wonderful job making her grey patio into something that is just as beautiful as the forest behind her patio fence. Putting six flower window boxes on top of the rail creates a living wall, if you will, of falling vines and blossoming flowers once fully grown. Great job!
1st Place for Window Box on a Wall: Presidential Window Box Splendor by Kevin & Annette Klingel
We must say that this has to be one of the most well thought-out home improvement projects that we’ve had the pleasure to witness. Kevin and Annette updated their entire home from top to bottom and not forgetting about the middle, added ten black window boxes to their home, garage, and shed. Using black Presidential style window boxes that match their newly painted shutters and updated roof, they contrast perfectly against the light exterior of their home for a complete transformation.
1st Place for Most Creative Window Box: Winter Decor in Boxes on Garage Wall by Cathy Litrofsky
Cathy did a fantastic job getting creative with her living wall planters! Filling a vertical wall planter, which once had succulents in it for summer, she used winter evergreens for a festive holiday look and placed these three light blue planters on a large wall of her garage that doesn’t have a window, so she improvised and made her own accent living window. Just as a window or piece of art, these vertical wall planters bring life to what was once a boring wall.
The People’s Choice Award: Summer on Flora St. by Julie DeMarco LaPorta
These window box planters were definitely a favorite among everyone. With large blossoms of Violets, Begonias, and Diamond Frost Euphorbias, these window boxes are definitely the center of attention on Julie’s street which just so happens to be Flora St. As that may be a coincidence, it is not by coincidence that these window boxes won the People’s Choice as these window boxes were without a doubt, the most plentiful and beautiful.
Now that you’ve seen just how beautiful the best window boxes in America can be, it’s time to make a plan for 2015. Even if it’s cold outside, you can get started now on a window garden that can win you awesome prizes, gift cards, and special promotions from Hooks & Lattice. This year’s winners have already started their shopping sprees, entering is easy.
Here’s what to do:
- Grab an empty planter, or shop window boxes online to select your container
- Take a break from Facebook and plan your plantings prior to delivery
- After the thaw, insert plantings and snap a few photos
- You can upload your entries to the site. Click Here to go to the 2015 Window Box Contest
After you entered and your post is featured, the more you share and tell your friends the more likely you are to win. This contest doesn’t just reward amazingly beautiful window boxes – it rewards gardening socialites! So enter away or simply contact us with questions or for assistance choosing the best window box planter for you.
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With spring right around the corner, it’s time to look past the dreary days of winter and towards the colorful days of spring flower gardens. Spring is a great time to grow a variety of plants, especially in window boxes. Instead of worrying about plants being eaten by roaming animals or destroyed by fierce storms, you can keep them close and secure and enjoy them right outside your window. Window boxes are a fantastic way to spruce up your curb appeal and add a garden oasis in a small space. No matter your climate or style, here are some window box ideas.
The general rule of thumb for planting a window box is to have plants at all different heights. Start with taller “thriller” plants in the back, them plant mid-sized “fillers” in the middle and hanging or low “spillers” in the front for a complete look. Search for flowers that fit these categories for a stunning flower box planter.
Before deciding what flowers to plant, look up your area’s U.S. Department of Agriculture zone number. These numbers correspond with different plants to make sure you get plants that will survive and thrive in your climate. For cooler areas with zones 1-5, stick with hardy plants like pansies, primroses, and violas as your mid-size “fillers”. Crocuses are hardy flowers with beautiful purple flowers that make a great filler addition to a window box. Add height to your window box with grape hyacinth or sweet pea and use spiller plants like alyssum to hang over the window box. A sturdier window box like this lined option will keep your plants warm and safe.
Gardeners in warmer climates tend to have a few more options when it comes to spring window box flowers. Classic flowers like daffodils and snapdragons make great tall thrillers, while bright dwarf irises, petunias, and verbena work well for the mid-level fillers. Anemones have stunning white flowers and do best in mild to warmer climates for an unexpected burst of white. Use spillers like creeping phlox for a burst of color or dusty miller or sweet potato vine for a more neutral color scheme. Look for a window box that accentuates the colors of your spring flowers and the style of your home, such as this wrought iron cage or other stylish metal window planter options. Window boxes look great in every style of home or garden.
What are you planting this year? Leave your ideas in the comments below!
Feeling that last minute holiday push? Time to break out the Hooks and Lattice Gift Cards for office parties, family gatherings and Christmas morning stocking stuffers. Online garden shopping sprees make the best gifts for mom, dad, a friend or neighbor. Anyone on your list known for always having a DIY project on tap! They’ll just love picking out their own home and garden goodies.
Holiday Gift Shopping to Fit Any Budget
Are you after the best gifts for dads, grandparents, siblings, friends and gift trades within a particular price range? Hooks and Lattice Gift Certificates hit any dollar requirement right on the nose. Even cater to those window boxes you know mom’s been dying to buy, but don’t trust yourself to pick out. Before shopping our e-gift cards online, here are a few ideas at different price points to help you choose the right amount:
Stocking Stuffers and Gifts Under $25
It may not seem like a whole lot, but a $25 Hooks and Lattice Gift Certificate has plenty to offer DIY tinkerers and small space dwellers. Even a little something for the kids.
Terrariums are all the rage right now for DIY-savvy home and office decorators.
For those shopping in the $25 and under range, there’s this set of 3 Rhapsody Ceramic Terrariums, as well as individual glass bubbles and teardrop terrariums. Great for sprucing up houses, apartments and even cubicles with modern plant decor.
Fork & Spade Decorative Garden Stakes are a fun opportunity for growers at any level.
Stick them in planting containers or nestle into the ground, then enjoy filling terra cotta pots with small flowers, moss or herbs. Great for giving kids their own small space garden to tend.
Garden Gifts Under $50
A $50 Garden Gift Certificate proves a nice round number for Secret Santa trades, bosses and neighbors. And at this slightly higher dollar amount, there’s plenty of charming choices in store.
Like easy, stylish DIY Living Wall Planters.
This square iron frame features nine individual planting cells spread across three rows. Great for first-timers and experienced vertical gardeners alike. This rectangular design with a moisture mat also comes in at under $50 and offers its own distinctive layout.
And elegant moss obelisks.
This set of three spiraling obelisks makes the ultimate year-round decoration, but one can also imagine them glowing in the light of bright Christmas bulbs. Joy to shopping with Hooks and Lattice E-Gift Cards!
Big Ticket Curb Appeal
Have some surplus bucks to spend on the extra-special gardeners in your life? The best gifts for mom and dad, brother and sister, or grandparents just might be a little help jump-starting those home improvement projects they’ve had on the shelf.
Window boxes to bring wintertime cheer.
Noticed your sister’s been pinning a ton of container garden arrangements on her Pinterest board lately? Take the not-so-subtle hint and surprise her with a $100 Garden Supply Gift Card to go toward the project! Many of our composite, fiberglass, wrought iron and aluminum window box styles fall within this price range, depending on size and quantity.
Exterior window shutters, galore!
Put them on their way to curb appeal renewal with a $250 Home and Garden Gift Card to go toward decorative window shutters. This generous dollar amount will provide a good head start on all of our most popular vinyl shutter styles including board-n-batten, louvered, raised panel and combination patterns.
We all love that friend with the creative, easy curb appeal ideas. The DIY-savvy type who makes us say to ourselves, “I want to try that!” Wouldn’t it be great to have that type of thrifty pal at your beckon call?
Now you can.
It’s with pleasure that we introduce Sage – the newest member of the Hooks and Lattice community. Like our customers, she can’t get enough of a good home and garden project. From window shutters and flower boxes, to indoor terrariums and home decor, Sage has tried it all! And now she’s here to share her tips and tricks with you.
No project is perfect.
And that’s part of the fun! Because the only way to know which home and garden ideas will ultimately succeed is to try. With the right tools, products and tips, more curb appeal ideas can be transformed into gorgeous results. Sage is no stranger to the bumps that sometimes surface along the way. Take advantage of her knowhow to help make your DIY projects smoother and more enjoyable.
Really, it’s about sharing the curb appeal love.
At Hooks and Lattice, we’re passionate about all things home and garden. We want Sage and her “Can Do Curb Appeal” ideas to serve as a useful extension of this enthusiasm. Ultimately, it’s about a sense of community to improve communities. Because when a house is truly a home, people and families tend to be happier and healthier.
Get in on all of Sage’s home and garden adventures.
Whether you’re looking for new ideas, help with an ongoing project, or just comparing notes, Sage is your collaborator. And she’s not afraid to offer her opinion! Her “Sage” advice also includes notes on what not to do, which is something every DIY’er can appreciate.
So, you ask, what can I expect? All sorts of goodies. In each “Can Do Curb Appeal” segment Sage will be working on a new project. And it could be anywhere! From small space balcony gardening, to projects out in the yard. She also has ideas for sprucing up interior design, growing plants indoors, and much, much more!
How can I find the latest curb appeal tips and tricks?
Let Sage come to you via your Facebook and Twitter feed, or check in with us on the Hooks and Lattice website and blog. Have an idea for what Sage’s next project should be? Give us a shout on social media or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t be shy! We love it when our customers share their curb appeal trials, triumphs and inspirations! It’s the reason we do what we do.
Starting a garden is a fitting way to show your patriotism this Fourth of July. That’s right, fresh grown veggies and fruits are the very reason Cobb Salads and apple pies are so American. And, it just so happens, planting food for freedom is part of our nation’s history.
Victory, Garden Style
During the first half of the twentieth century, as our nation was entangled in World Wars I and II, growing fruits, vegetables and herbs was actually a part of the war effort. These civilian contributions came to be known as Victory Gardens.
By producing food locally, communities were able to subsist on their own harvests while easing demand on the national food supply. Plots ranged from small raised bed gardening on urban rooftops, to large suburban yards and rural fields. According to The National WWII Museum archives, at the height of the Victory Garden during World War II, there were more than 20 million individual plots operating across the USA. Now that’s what we call patriotic produce!
Local Food Fuels Freedom
While container and vegetable gardening obviously did not win the war outright, communities banding together for the common good rightly demonstrates the American Way. While soldiers sacrificed to fight battles thousands of miles away, their families were at home helping to free up food supplies needed overseas while boosting civilian morale.
In peacetime, the same idea of better living and stronger communities rings true. Things have changed a lot since the Victory Gardens of WWII, but the lingering sentiment is just as relevant today. When we have access to our food source and understand its workings, Americans emerge empowered.
Present Day Victory Gardens
Today, nearly 70 years since the Second World War ended, the United States has undergone rapid changes in the way our food is produced, packaged and sold. While supply shortages are no longer a concern as a direct result of war, our country faces new struggles tied to sustenance. As evidenced by childhood and adolescent obesity rates that loom higher than ever (see: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), many Americans have gone astray when it comes to basic nutrition. When did we lose touch with what we put on our meal table?
Many claim the reason behind this quandary is simple: Limited knowledge of or connection to our food sources. Detachment leads to choices based on what is available and affordable, even if that means frozen and processed goods with little to no real nutrition. But what if we could change all that and put American communities back in touch with agriculture and the food they eat?
Several community-based and grassroots movements are aiming to do just that. The Victory Garden Initiative is one such effort, citing in their mission statement that, “When everyone is a farmer, we will have a socially and environmentally just food system.” Kind of like farming for freedom.
Food For Thought this 4th of July
Working to ensure there is fresh and wholesome meals on the table at breakfast, lunch and dinner is about as American as it gets. And on no day is this more apparent than July 4th. This summer, though, rather than relying fully on big box stores for mealtime ingredients, show your local farmers a little love. Or, better yet, grow your own!
To get started on a small scale, raised bed gardening in cedar or redwood is a great way to go. It works anywhere, from the back yard to a downtown rooftop. Also, check out some tips tied to the modern-day Victory Garden, courtesy of the aptly named PBS program.
Forget the TV, smart phones, and other gadgets-this summer get your kids outdoors with fun garden activities for the whole family! Gardening is a fun project for kids and teaches them useful skills, all while they enjoy time outdoors with the family. Here are three easy garden projects to get your kids involved:
A terrarium is small enough that it is manageable for a child, and the great growth conditions ensure that nearly everything they plant will thrive. Terrariums are great year round, or if you live in a climate that makes outdoor gardening difficult. It also creates a conversation piece and allows your child to show off their work! To begin, pick out a terrarium container. A great option is this fun apple shaped terrarium. Next, have your child help pick out the plants. Because terrariums act like mini-greenhouses, plants like succulents and cacti are great options. Pair with some river rocks and soil, and soon the plants will be growing. Terrariums can be placed indoors or outdoors and work on nearly every surface, even hung from the ceiling.
For a project that will always be in view, have your child take charge of a window planter. Wooden planters are great options because they are durable and will match whatever your child decides to plant inside. This redwood planter can be used as a window box or even as a standalone planter. Your child’s creativity can run wild when picking flowers and plants for the box-just remember to take into account the location of the planter in regards to sun and water needs. By picking a variety of colors, heights, and textures, your child can create their own masterpiece in plant form and it will be right outside the window to enjoy each day!
A large garden can be intimidating for children, but many outdoor planters come in sizes that are perfect for little fingers. If your child needs a little gardening motivation, consider giving them a uniquely shaped planter to pique their interest. These volcanic rock planters are a fun option. For a larger project, this vertical pot garden allows kids to be in charge of just a few small pots that will still have a big impact. Help your child choose the right materials for planting, such as soil, fertilizer, and plants. Be sure to choose plants that will work in your climate and that are durable enough to withstand a novice junior gardener.
Gardening is a perfect family activity and a great chance for kids to get their hands dirty in a comfortable environment. With these fun kids gardening ideas, your family will be growing their green thumbs in no time!