Tipsy Pots Project
Creative project is fast, cheap...and beautiful!
By Dottie Baltz, Pennellville, New York
When my husband, Gary, first saw a leaning tower of clay pots in someone's yard, he was impressed. I did a little research on-line and found some information on them, along with limited instructions on how to make these "tipsy pots."
Gary and I put our minds together and decided to build our own version. Here's how we put did it:
- First, we picked a spot in the yard that was a pain to mow. We chose a place next to the deck on our screen house. The area needed some color to make it more inviting, so it was perfect.
- After removing the sod, we drove a 66-inch piece of re-rod 2 feet into the soil. (It's important to pound the rod into the soil at least 2 feet so it can support the weight of the full pots.)
- We surrounded the base with newspaper to prevent weeds from growing. Then we placed a 12-inch round clay pot at the base, threading the re-rod through the drainage hole.
- At this point, we filled the pot with soil so the next pot had something to sit on. We pressed the soil down and watered it until it was firm.
- Next, we took a 10-inch pot and threaded it through the rod, tilting it so one side of the base rested on the soil below.
- We threaded the next three pots and tilted them in opposite directions so the weights were distributed evenly.
- Then we added plants to the tipsy pots. (When planting, make sure to leave a 1- to 1-1/2-inch space at the top of each pot. That way, when you water, the soil won't run out of the pot. To conserve moisture, add a layer of mulch on top of the soil.)
- Finally, to finish the project beautifully, we added a layer of mulch over the newspaper on the ground.
Enjoy watching your flowers bloom!
For more of Dottie's garden projects, visit her Web site.