I was interviewed for this fun article in the Chicago Tribune. It’s all about beautifying container gardens on patios and balconies:
In theory, containers overflowing with flowers, herbs, grasses and vegetables can transform balconies and porches into green and leafy garden retreats.
In reality, the effect is often closer to “Patio dotted with random plants.”
We asked Fern Richardson, author of the new book, “Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch or Patio With Fruits, Flowers, Foliage & Herbs” (Timber Press), how to bridge the gap.
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I’m embarassed to admit that Outdoor Iron sent me this planter to review quite some time ago. As you can see from the photos, it’s a very cute planter. I used colorful pots and succulents to add a little interest to a small, narrow space in my parents’ side yard. It sits right under my mom’s craft room window. She has mentioned a couple of times that the planter really makes her happy, and I do think it looks pretty nice. So, why the delay in reviewing it? I kind of felt stumped because, well, what do you say about an iron planter? The design is charming, the packaging properly protected it during shipping, the owner of the site seems like a really nice, hard-working guy…and?
I assume you guys expect more than a sentence from me, so I thought I would use the Shasta Metal Planter as an excuse to chat about how you can incorporate an iron planter in your garden.
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