Saturday, May 2, 2009

Going Up!

If you're like me, you have more gardening ideas than room to display them. One way I've been able to fit a few more blooms into my patio garden is by going up -- vines, flowering trees, and my "tipsy pot".

I found the tipsy pot on-line while surfing for small garden ideas. Its stackable pots are ideal for strawberry plants and petunias, which is how I've planted mine. It resides in an unused corner of the garden, where it adds a splash of color and the ability to grow a few more pieces of fruit.

I created mine with terra cotta pots. If I were to do it again I would definitely get plastic pots; they're just lighter and easier to work with. I tried using a regular garden stake for my first attempt, but it snapped immediately. Real rebar was required for heavy clay pots.

Here's a link to the site where I found my inspiration and how-to. Have fun building your own tipsy pot and enjoy planting it with a variety of colors!


  1. I love the look of this. My garden was full already when I bought the house, so I may use this when I get ready to add to it. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Going up is a great way to maximize space in a small (or full) garden. I'm a big fan of vines, flowering trees, and hanging baskets!

  3. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing. I saw your column in the Fountain Valley magazine and I was so excited. I live in a town home and have been dying to fix up my patio. I have never gardened before and have no idea what I'm doing :) So, I'm sure I will be visiting your blog often for ideas. I erally want to grow my own fruit and veggies. Today, I bought some red bell peppers and cherry tomatoes to plant, along with some herbs. We'll see...

  4. Judith, come on over! I'll show you my backyard :o) It's easier than you'd think to maximize space, especially if you utilize planters. I'm in the Fountain Park Townhomes.

  5. Thanks for the link to one of my webpages.