Potting bench update

The potting bench is painted and stained to match the house.

There is a large bucket for dirt on the left hand side under the bench. This is actually under a part that lifts up with hardware cloth and there is a tray to catch the excess dirt so it can go back in the bigger pot.

I actually love it and as you can tell its been getting used quite often.

In the wintertime I always put the fragile pots in the greenhouse and sometimes the plants live but sometimes they don’t. The ones on the bench the small fern on the left lived the big pot was repotted and now is thriving.

I always think about moving these after I have watered them and they are very heavy to move then.

I buy the small bowls at Dollar General or on clearance to have to put plants in for small gifts.

The aloe vera or some of the other succulents or sedums like lemon balm work well in the bowls. Right now on the back porch I have a few with airplane plants in them. Even the pothos or Ivy work well for a good while in the small containers.

The plastic wicker chair has seen its better days its been around about 10 years and I had bought 6 of them at Big Lots they use to be on the back porch until the rockers rotted off so we took those off and now its a very short chair to sit in. I just like the way it looks by the potting bench.

The trumpet vine graces the top of the back of the potting bench as a garland of sorts but it gives the bench the perfect touch.

Planting new plants in the yards or in planters is very relaxing for me and it soothes my soul.

DIY – Concrete projects

I LOVE playing with concrete even though its hard to mix up and pour.

Recently I have been making stepping stones.
I buy the glass marble flat rocks for decoration they are cheapest at the dollar store.
The square mosaic tiles come in a sheet at Lowes and Home Depot.
To start out I bought a large plastic food tray at Walmart in the summer stuff, and some metal bowl pans in the dog section. I had a few plastic buckets from the dollar store to use.

Instructions:
Spray your mold with any nonstick cooking spray.
Mix up your sakrete as directed.
Pour some into the mold, then add the wire then pour the rest.
Let it sit 15 – 20 minutes and add the stones if they sink wait a bit longer.
Let dry overnight and they fall right out of the molds due to using the nonstick spray.

If you want to make a flower pot you will need a mold and something as the insert which will have to be weighted down. Use the nonstick cooking spray on the outside of what you are inserting in the middle and spray your mold just like before. I used some square containers and then inserted the plastic flower pots and weighted them down with rocks.
Wait about the same amount of time to insert your stones as above. You can use rocks like I used on the bigger one. Let dry overnight and both of the molds should pop right out. I made a mistake and did not allow for the drainage holes so make sure to do that first.

You can get about 4 stepping stones per bag of sakcrete maybe 5 if you do the smaller ones.

I love anything DIY and playing with concrete is fun and inexpensive.

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