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Good afternoon. I’m Amy Stewart with Project Wellness. And in this segment, we’re going to learn how to make sure you have adequate drainage in your container garden. And we’re going to accomplish this in two different ways.
As I already told you, we are going to be doing two different containers and these two do have somewhat different properties. For example, this one is ceramic. It’s actually an antique. I think I picked it up at a yard sale or a tag sale. And the way we’re going to make sure that our roots for our plant don’t get overly wet once we get everything established in there is that I went out in my yard and picked up a lot of rocks. So that’s the first way we’re going in here. The way we’re going to do it in this pot is actually by drilling holes. We’re not however going to ruin my ceramic pot by doing the same thing. So, the rocks will be adequate to create good drainage because of course, we’re also going to use really great potting mix.
So here we go. We are just going to kind of arrange these. I’m going to sort of use some of the bigger ones in here. Sort of like that. We’re going to put big rocks first then small rocks next. It doesn’t have to be scientific or anything, but the time you’re done, it should all pretty much just have an even spread of some pretty reasonably sized rocks.
So that’s how you’re going to prepare a container that does not have drainage holes. For another container that does not have drainage holes but where you want them, for example this one, we’re actually going to drill them ourselves. And what we need for that is a drill with a 3/8 inch bit attached, and of course safety goggles, because I think that when you’re drilling metal, it’s always a good idea. So, we’re going to go ahead and do that. We’ll just turn the pot over. The pot is really not that big. I’m probably only going to do three or four holes and we’re going to kind of see how the drill takes to the metal. I think we’re just going to do three. Alright and that part is done.
So the next thing that we are also going to with those pots is we are going to put some rocks in the bottom. You guys will notice that there are some pretty substantial metal shavings around so please don’t do this without glasses on. And, we’re just going to use up the rest of our rocks just like so and all the dirt will just go on top of that.
So that is how you create adequate drainage no matter what kind of container you’re using.