grow like a pro!

$12 flat rate shipping (NT by quote)

An australian small business for the Planet

Potting Up a Basket

Potting Up A Garden Basket

Turn an old rattan basket into a pot planter

It's so simple to do!  I like the very heavy strong rattan baskets. If you find your basket at an Op shop, curbside garbage pile or the back of your cupboard, there’s a good chance that you’ll want to update the style of it a little bit before you put it on display.  Some of the softer cane baskets  can be finished with 2 coats of a protectant clear coat spray paint to protect the finish when I put my basket planter outside. Painting and clear-coating your basket will also help it to last a little longer. Personally, with the rattan baskets (which are pretty heavy) I leave them alone. They weather beautifully, and like any natural fibre, eventually, it will break down but you should get quite a few seasons out of it if you use the strong rattan type.

Step 1: line the basket

This stops soil from falling through to the outside and also the roots from travelling out of the basket.

You can use a sheet of thick plastic perforated with holes at the bottom for drainage, personally I like to keep plastic out fo my planter pots unless UV stabilised and food grade. You can use a geo-textile for garden use or even an old piece of cotton such as a pillow slip. I use coco coir basket liners. 

Step 2: add a good quality potting mix

A general potting mix is good for flowers and a Herb and Veggie mix is suitable for potted herbs

Turn An Old Basket Into A Pot Plant

Coco Coir basket liner available from garden centres

Turn an old rattan basket into a pot planter

Step 3: add your plants

There are endless opportunities for what can be planted in a basket. Ornamentals, annual flowers, Spring bulbs , herbs and vegetables can all be grown in this way. 

Got no basket but love the look of potted plants?

Then why not use the out of the bag solution - the Root Pouch grow bags which are food safe, BPA free and made of 100% recycled PET water bottles! Will not fall apart after a few seasons and are attractive and functional.

See how  Larry & Eyvonne Hall grow a huge array of edibles in their Root Pouch bags!

Root Pouch Grow Bags

Brown 

Available in various sizes

Forest Green

Available in various sizes




Also in Small Garden Ideas | Sustainable Living | Up On The Rooftop

How to Grow an Autumn Balcony Garden
How to Grow an Autumn Balcony Garden

Autumn has arrived and thoughts on the Balcony are turning to planning the Autumn Winter garden. Many would-be gardeners don't realise that living in a certain place actually determines the type of garden you will have and the plants that you will grow. Focussing on what plants grow best where you live wil help you create a healthy and productive container garden.

How to be a Bee's-Knees Australian Native Bee Supporter!
How to be a Bee's-Knees Australian Native Bee Supporter!

Those of you who follow our Instagram or FB pages will know that the Balcony garden at Up On The Rooftop is home to two Australian Native Bee hives of the species Tetragonula Carbonaria. You too can be a bees-knees supporter of these gentle insects in your urban garden!
How To Choose The Right Sized Pot For Your Plant
How To Choose The Right Sized Pot For Your Plant

A common myth is that plants will grow larger if potted in a larger pot, like a buying a pair of school shoes at the start of the school year for a child. This seems logical, but actually most houseplants prefer a snugger fit. Here is a guide to selecting the Root pouch bag size for your plant.