Pot­ting nook know-how

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - FILM MAKER -

Build your pot­ting bench lean-to against a sunny, north-fac­ing wall. If it’s cold and gloomy, you won’t want to work in it. A sunny nook can also dou­ble as a sur­vival shelter for ten­der sub­trop­i­cals and house­plants that can’t cope with cen­tral heat­ing in­doors over win­ter. Use wooden crates for shelves and bas­kets from op-shops for stor­age. At­tach hang­ing bas­kets to the eaves. My hang­ing pots, planted with var­ie­gated Fi­cus ‘Frosty’, were hand­crafted by Glen Eden pot­ter Fiona Hen­der­son. (She also made the lo­tus-looka­like flo­ral frogs, which are used to hold flower stems in place at the bot­tom of vases.)

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