Monday, May 19, 2008

A Little Tipsy

You may have already seen these cute little planters, often called "Tipsy Pots".
decided to make one last year and liked it so much I've replanted it this summer. I had a lot of little pots that weren't being used. I prefer to use pots that are much bigger in size because they require less watering. I gathered my pots and arranged them by size. I purchased a piece of rebar from the home improvement store. (Okay, both spell check and the dictionary say that rebar isn't a word, even though that's what we've always called those long roundish metal sticks that you place in concrete foundations.)
I decided upon a nice little shady place right outside my back door and close to an automatic sprinkler. I p
ounded that metal stick into the ground about a foot or more. Then I added my pots. A little word to the wise here: put the stick through the hole in the bottom of the pot, tip the pot and then fill it with dirt before adding the next pot. Other wise you get a pretty little post of empty pots that suddenly all come crashing down inside each other. I tipped each dirt filled pot, alternating the direction, then I planted my flowers. This year I planted a potato vine in the bottom pot. I love this vine because it's such a beautiful chartreuse color and by the end of summer it will grow and spill out of the pot about four to six feet.
So, if you have some extra pots just lying around you can be a little tipsy too---try it, you like it!


Anonymous said...

I have some tipsies! I just have not bought any flowers for them. See the picture of my dog Duke in the sidebar and you might get a glimpse of them.


Mrs. B said...

Oh, that is very cute and I bet it looks really great when the plants really fill in! The dictionary and spell check clearly don't know anything 'cause I'm quite sure that's rebar.

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Very clever! I never knew how these were done! I'm so happy you visited me today, because now I can go through and read all your terrific posts! I'm really enjoying them all!

Naomi said...

I am creating two sets of tipsy pots this year and I'm having a blast. But, I'm wondering, how do you successfully water them without all of the soil washing out? Any tips or advice?


Linda said...

Hi Joy,
What a great idea, I'm going to have to try that one.
Cheers Linda

Bettsi McComb said...

I've never seen this before, Joy! I love it! Thank you for sharing this.

Bettsi McComb said...

Naomi, I was so excited by these, I went looking for me info. Here is what one commenter on another blog said: I've been making tipsy pots for a few years now. The way to overcome the watering situation is not to fill the pot totally with soil. And if you water slowly the problem is almost non existant. Glad to see some commercial places have been checking out those of us that are Garden Junkers. I do have the directions on my website and my blog.
And here is her site:
Thanks again to Joy for sharing this!

Marie said...

First, thank you so much for your comments on my blog. You have given me some wonderful ideas... and I sincerely appreciate it.

I love this pot idea! I've never seen it before, but I'm going to do it! Thanks!

Rachael Havens said...

I really like this idea. I will definitely put this in may garden area, but I have a few questions. I was wondering about your potato vine. Do you grow it from a regular potato? I live in Idaho, so potatoes are in large number here. I just never knew they could be used like ornamental plants. By the way I love your blog and check it every day. You are very inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Going on my list for next spring. Thank you!


Gale said...

LOVE...With a little modification, I can see them also as a water feature

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