If you have just bought a terracotta pot or planter and are wondering how to set it up in your garden, here are some suggestions that will help. As you probably know, terracotta is a special type of clay that is fired under very high temperatures to make pots and other containers. This makes the product very valuable both as a building material and a pot. While it is hardy enough for garden use, it can be a little fragile if it is not carefully protected.
One of the best ways to provide extra protection for an eBay terracotta pot is with what is called “planter shield”. It is a thin membrane, roughly 3/8 inches thick, that is applied over the entire container planting. It provides not only extra insulation but also an attractive shield against pests and weather damage. It can be removed for cleaning or simply for decorating your container planting collection.
You might wonder where to get the container planting shield. It is available at most home improvement stores. In addition, it can also be ordered online. There are also some good organic garden supply companies that carry pots that are protected by this membrane, which can make your eBay terracotta pots even more attractive to potential buyers.
Another thing that can help protect your eBay terracotta pots is to plant mint in them. Mint is a powerful natural insecticide and can kill many of the pests that invade your home. Before planting, spread a small amount of mint over the soil around the base of the container planting. The aroma from the plant will deter these insects from destroying your garden.
Mint is especially good at repelling cockroaches and ants, which may be some of the unwelcome visitors that you have to deal with on a regular basis. If you live in an area where ants are a problem, then you can put small amounts of mint extract or citrus oil over the soil in the container. Mint leaves and essential oils will repel the tiny insects that may decide to destroy your container gardening crops.
Other plants are harder to repel than ants or cockroaches, but these can be included as plant protection for your eBay terracotta pots. Stay away from cypress, cork and juniper berries, as they will ruin your container garden. These hardy plants are best planted in pot-type garden arrangements rather than traditional flowerbeds. You will also have to water more often and keep your pots well watered during dry periods.
It is best to plant your container garden in loose soil, allowing air to circulate around your plants. Do not plant too close together, as roots can expand and compete with each other for nutrients. Make sure you loosen the soil around the planting area before planting. If you have a garden center in your area, you may be able to buy compost which can be used as plant fertilizer. This way, your organic garden fertilizer will be much better for your plants.
Many gardeners prefer to use clay pots for their eBay terracotta pots. Clay pots work very well as plant protection for your eBay terracotta pots. Clay pots help protect the delicate plant roots, so they do not dry out as quickly as other types of soil. Because it is easier to clean up a dirty clay pot, you may consider buying a few extra clay pots for the gardening area.
It is also a good idea to buy organic soil when you are preparing your soil and planting your container garden in it. This will make your container planting experience as easy as possible. Organic soil has no chemicals or pesticides in it, so you do not need to worry about harming your plants by using harmful pesticides when you are planning to sell them on eBay. Organic soil also helps retain moisture in your container planting. You can buy organic soil at many garden stores, hardware stores and nurseries.
When you are planting your eBay terracotta pots, you should water your plantings every couple days. Too much water can cause the roots of your plants to wilt, and you do not want this to happen to your eBay pots or containers. Watering regularly will also keep your pots from drying out, and you can always water your pots just before they are starting to shrink for the winter. There is no reason to wait until the last minute to water your container gardening.
It may take some time to properly prepare your eBay terracotta pots for planting. It will also take some time for your post to shrink once they are filled with soil. In the end, though, you should be very happy that you decided to plant container gardening in an eBay container. Your eBay terracotta pots will provide you with years of beautiful container plant protection.