DIY Porch Pots with Spruce Tips & Evergreens Watch and learn how to use spruce tips, pine branches and more evergreens to make gorgeous winter porch pots! Plant porch pots with spruce tips and evergreens for winter interest
After a hard frost has nipped all the annuals in your containers, it's time to give them new life as winter porch pots. All it takes is some spruce tips, pine boughs or any kind of evergreen you can find to tuck into your containers. Watch the video above to see how we planted up this evergreen container at our test garden or follow the easy step-by-step instructions below to create your own!
First, choose an all-weather container to make your porch pot. Plastic, frost-proof ceramic, wood, fiberglass or metal all hold up well in winter weather where temperatures get below freezing. Fill the pot with potting mix, tamp it down and wet the mix so it is just damp enough to stick together and not loose or fluffy.
One of the easiest ways to create a spruce tip porch pot is to use containers filled with annuals that are done for the season, as we did in the video above. Once these plants have died, pull them up and toss them in the compost pile. If the roots are really tangled together, you can leave them and simply cut off the foliage at the soil line. This actually makes the potting mix more solid and able to anchor the evergreen branches better than loose, new potting mix.
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The next step is to collect enough evergreen branches to fill the container. You can buy spruce tips at the gardenRead more on gardengatemagazine.com