Do lots of things in pots, especially herbs these days. Its fun, its mostly clean, the rewards are great, and it ain't brain surgery. Did I mention I went to college in biology? Anyway, here's the easy way.
First and foremost, google the plant, what does it thrive on? Once you know what she likes, you know which direction to go.
Pick a pot, I personally like terra cotta but plastic works fine also. Pots this large and good are a lifetime investment. I have 30/40 year old pots. Saucers come and go, but the pots seem to always last. If you get plastic make sure it has a good UV inhibitor. Nothing worse than a life long plant homeless cause his house crumbled apart from UV.
The pot for this project, 18" of clay! 18" across, 18" down.
Note the hole for drainage, unless you are growing mosquitos this drain needs to always be open. Well how do we insure that? Well there is always that one old broken pot. Don't throw 'em away.
The wind got it. So what to do? Place it bow up over the drain hole. (I usually use 2 or three pieces but this gives the idea.).
Then the plant knowledge comes into play, what type soil conditions? Nearly all plants will require good drainage but some like sand some like loam some like the Bay like a lot of compost!
This will insure excellent drainage for years to come. These are crushed oyster shells, you folks with laying hens know 'em.
Now your ready for the dirt? Noooo....... wash it out. Get everything clean, you could move this inside and outside. I didn't buy that roller so it could race down the driveway. As Richie pointed out, bay's can't handle freezes.
So anyway, wash it up so you'll have years before you have to mess with it again.
Soil. You can go dig some up, you can mix with compost or root exciter, I hate to say it but the below has always worked like a champ for me. I get about 200 lbs. ever spring.
BTW there are numerous types of exciter/stimulators What Pop always used when he was sprouting seeds in the incubator. Thats right, the egg incubator with a tray of H20 works great, has temp contol setting and insulated. Just change the heat lamp to a grow light bulb.
I forgot to mention about the Coaster. You can buy 15/20 dollar coasters I have bough a bunch.
But they usually end up here, like this one.
Spend the extra 5/10 bucks and get a good sturdy, poly coaster with good free wheeling casters. In 10+ years you'll apprecriate the choice. Also if going inside I like the safety of the plastic liners between the saucer and the pot to save the floors.
The saucer should equal in diameter or the same size as the pot across the top, which on standard size terra cotta should equal the normal planting depth, which I have heard should equal the height of the plant being planted.
Here's them new bay plant getting acclimated in his new pot. He said he likes it, its roomy and not cluttered.
I watered it, and only filled the pot shallow with potty soil so it could settle. I'll come back add some more after a rain then top dress. But not all the way to the fill line, I am planning on this tree growing a few years so I'll need that wiggle room later. In a few days, I will try scrubbing those leaves a little better. Roots were nice but not as extensive as I am used to with other plants. But I don't remember planting a tree in a pot.
Now that other pot.......
I am thinking some herbs, but most definately some of these transplanted!
Oh yeah...... and the bay is happy happy in his nice large clean home. We will discuss the lease agreement this next week some time after he has time to sink some roots into his new community.
Oh I have two bonus questions.........
First what is this? Its driven by a PTO and has a three point hook up. Its very useful when gardening/farming in south Louisiana
Secondly, this is an old washing machine, there is two of them, why would there be bars across the opening?
Ooops.... I forgot. One last picture. I made sure to oil the caster wheels and the stainless steel bearings. You most definately want to look and see if you can find coasters which have one or two casters that lock down. Not good when they start moving around on their own.
Edited by Foamheart - 4/16/16 at 6:29pm