I have tried for many years to get these to grow, buying starters and planting them directly to the garden with no luck. They either get to leggy or the tender little petals seem to be "quite the treat for the snails".
While I was shopping at my favorite nursery, they happened to be having a sale on flats of ....yep... Vinca' s. I couldn't resist ... they are so cute... so not being a quitter, I decided to give them another shot, but not the “normal” way by directly planting the starters straight into the garden. I had another idea...
A couple of years ago I took a pallet and made a herb garden out of it and never really kept it up, so the pallet was recycled into a starter garden to grow them slowly and for easy maintenance in hopes I could get them stronger before transferring them.
With a quick trip to the dollar store to pick up some plastic food containers to fit between the fence and the pallet. I then poked some holes in the bottom for drainage.
and planted my Vinca's and spider plants, I have several spider plants in my planter and they are the easiest, hardiest plants to grow. You can start many with just their off springs by just placing them in the soil, which I have done in the past, but with our dogs that run along this fence, I decided to start them here in the pallet.
To decorate the pallet, I added a chicken wire cone basket I recently made to the middle of the pallet and added a couple of Ikea planters I refinished (I will show you this in another post) to the sides of the pallet.
Vinca's require shade and part sun and since this area gets the morning sun and afternoon sun, a shutter was used at the top of the pallet creating a roof. The shutters work great, since they can be adjusted allowing just the right amount of sunlight to come through and can be closed for the afternoon sun.
Here is the best part...because this sits directly behind our above ground pool which we recently purchased (which I love by the way) I can enjoy my garden while enjoying and exercising in the pool.
So here is hoping I can get these Vinca's to grow a bit larger and stronger and when they are ready I can transplant them and start over with some new seasonal flowers...
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Till Next Post…Xo Tammy