I ran into a problem when I needed to move my front porch flower pots so the housesitter would have all the plants in one place. The pots were just so heavy that they were very difficult and cumbersome to move.
That got me thinking: the roots of my flowers aren’t filling this whole pot, so why should I waste all that soil, which also caused it to be heavier? I loved my pots though so I wasn’t just going to exchange them. That’s when I came up with this cheap and thrifty tip:
- Grab a pool noodle.
- With an electric knife or your own method of cutting, slice off the end of your pool noodle.
- For smaller pots, place the pool noodle ring in the base and simply add the soil back on top.
- For larger pots (will depend on the diameter of both the base of the pot and the pool noodle), cut off several rings of the pool noodle, preferably of the same size.
- Add these rings in the base of the pot next to each other to create roughly one layer.
This saves space, saves soil, and adds an air and foam layer at the bottom of your pots which will oxygenate your soil and save a lot of weight.
Now, the next time you need to move your pots for the housesitter, like me, you won’t be at risk of throwing out your back!