When spring finally arrives, one of the first things to do is clean the winter debris off the deck, set out our patio furniture and cushions, and begin to enjoy the more favorable temperatures.
Just as green plants add life and color to your indoor rooms, they will do the same for your outdoor rooms. What is your “outdoor room?” I’m talking about your deck or patio! Pots of colorful flowers just make a space look more homey and lived in.
If you are anything like me, your pots from last summer look like this:
But in no time at all, you can have them cleaned up and looking all spiffy. So let’s get to planting those pots for your deck!
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Remove last years dead plants. You may be able to just pull them out, or if they have a good set of roots, you may have to dig them out. I used my little fork/trowel combo to get them out.
Remove any old dirt that doesn’t seem fresh. Take out any clumps of roots that may be left, and any hard clumps of potting soil. I do not generally empty the pot of potting soil. I reuse a good bit of it, but any that just doesn’t feel fresh I take out and will add it to my compost pile.
Dig a hole big enough to hold your new plant and place the new plant in the hole filling in around it with brand new potting soil.
That looks so good, you will probably decide to do a few more!
Consider adding solar lights to some of your pots for night time ambiance and safety. I have this pot sitting beside the stairs and at the edge of the deck and the light helps with finding that first step and keeps people from accidentally stepping off the edge of the deck and falling.
And that’s all there is to adding beautiful living color to your deck! Is it warm enough to plant flowers where you are?
If you are interested in plants for pots, you might want to read Plants for Pots that Keep on Giving.