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Friday Foliage

Friday is here at last. One of the great things about the new place my boyfriend and I moved to is the big yard with room for a veggie garden and a wide front stoop that will hold a lot of potted plants. I have started looking for free and cheap planter ideas that also look great when I came up with the idea of using a teapot that had lost its lid or a thrifted pot that maybe I wouldn’t want on my table but would still be fun and whimsical as a planter. Of course I had to go on-line and see what other folks had done with this idea as it is nothing really new.

teapotplanter

This pretty planting is from Verde Garden, she also has some fun succulents in tea cups.

Teapotterrarium

Another great option for a low maintenance spot of green is a terrarium. This super cute teapot terrarium is from Wee Green Spot. Since being featured on the Etsy home page her shop has sold out and she is catching up on her back orders but keep an eye on the shop for fresh listings.

If you already have a chipped, slightly cracked or thrifted pot here is a fun post on how to make your own teapot planter from Susan Flemming of Super Mom-No Cape!.

Have a great weekend, cheers!

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growing peppermint

Since you all read the last post and found out how great peppermint can be for you, I bet you are wondering where you can turn to satisfy your voracious habit.  I am here to tell you that the solution is nigh because, in my experience, peppermint is an extremely easy plant to grow.  It’s basically a weed so anyone with space could easily end up with more than they could ever use.  If you ask around you could probably even find someone willing to pull some up out of their garden for you because it is taking over!

Peppermint should probably be planted in a container so that it doesn’t spread like crazy.  I also recommend putting it up off the ground so that lovely things like snails (ick!) don’t help themselves.  Mint should be grown in a place that is sunny and moist, but can be fine with only a few hours of sun a day.  If your mint is in a small container, you will probably need to take more care that the soil does not dry out than you will if it is in the ground.

I have peppermint plants myself (I got them by uprooting someone else’s nuisance) and find them perfect for tisane, garnish, a tasty snack… or the occasional mojito!

Here’s to your first cuppa of home-grown mint.

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