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Father’s Day Pot Platter Table Pot Platter - DIY

Posted on: May 17th, 2022 by Loyiso Mamahlodi No Comments

Father’s Day DIY: Table Pot Platter 

 

Dad’s day is coming up and that means DIY gift time for us gardeners! Give that special father figure in your life something from you and the kids that’s both practical and brag-worthy. This DIY requires no power tools, making it an easy activity for children of all ages to enjoy. Life is a Garden is bringing the outdoors to dad’s desk, here’s how:  

A trio of awesomeness 

Your table pot platter essentially consists of three smaller pots (square or round) arranged inside a larger circular container (pot saucers work well). Pot one will home your hardy focal point plant and pots two and three will be filled with dad’s favourite snacks (like biltong, nuts or candy). All three smaller pots need to fit well inside the larger platter container, so be sure to keep sizes in mind when out shopping.

Top snack tip: Find a sealable container that fits inside your snack pot so that treats can easily be sealed when dad’s not around. If dad is home-based, get the kids to top up the snack pot with more surprises and yummies throughout the day.

 

You will need 

  1. Three smaller pots
  2. One large round saucer   
  3. A hardy indoor plant (suggestions below) 
  4. Pebbles, bark shards, or wood chips
  5. Dad’s favourite snacks and drink

 

 

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Pot platter assembly

Evergreen indoor plants, containers and raised pot stands of all shapes and sizes are widely available at your GCA Garden Centre. This DIY is ideal for the office or workshop table in need of some decorative greenery and homeliness. Simply transplant dad’s new plant into the focal point pot, water well and allow to drain fully. Then, arrange all three of the smaller pots inside the larger round saucer. Fill any gaps inside the main container (around the smaller pots) with pebbles or wood chips for a further ruggedly trendy look, or leave as is for a neat finish

Try this: If you’ve got a funky dad, get the kids to paint the outer container for a colourful, heartfelt touch that will make dad ever so proud to show off his handmade gift. For the fancy desk dad, go for striking black pots with contrasting white pebbles to achieve a stylish minimalist finish.

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Easy indoor plant picks

The ZZ plant, spider plant, philodendron, aloe vera, and Chinese evergreen are all very forgiving indoor plants that don’t need a lot of attention. Remember that indoor plants only need occasional watering during winter, so once every two weeks should do. Try peace lily (Spathiphyllum) as your focal point plant as these lovelies will droop their leaves when they are thirsty, making it easy to prevent overwatering and root rot. The snake plant is also a great choice for its low-light and drought tolerance, as well as eye-catching height. Pothos (Epipremnum) is another stylish contender for a bit of trailing over the edge of dad’s desk. 

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When choosing your focal point pot, remember to look for good drainage holes and a matching saucer. If your container needs a bit of filling, always go for quality potting soil from your nursery as all bags are treated for pests beforehand and contain all the nutrients your new plant needs. Enjoy designing dad’s new table pot platter this Father’s Day!

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For the love of gardening Must love gardening

Posted on: January 21st, 2020 by Shahnee Stockigt No Comments

Your garden is your happy place. It provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy life, gives you space to express your creativity and shows appreciation for the time, effort and love you put into it by rewarding you with a luscious landscape. There are so many reasons for you to love your garden this love month, and because gardening is a pure form of love it will bring you happiness in so many ways.

Let your love grow

Gardening teaches us how to nurture little seedlings that are filled with hope and potential, into boastful plants, shrubs and trees. It teaches us to love life in various forms and what you put in is what you get out. Gardening teaches us to be patient and enjoy every moment as we tend to the needs of our newest seedlings through to our established plants that need tending to regularly. Spending time caring for plants helps us to find happiness in the smallest blessings when the first leaf sprouts to the largest blessing of a beautiful, tranquil paradise.

Love is all around

Your garden is living proof of all the love, care and effort you put in.  But it doesn’t have to stop there, you can also bring some of the love and happiness of the outdoors indoors with houseplants. There are so many varieties of indoor plants that will transform your home into a living space and bring with it the added benefit of cleaner air, more oxygen and some decorative charm. Whether you have an empty corner or a bare shelf that needs a little something extra, a plant will add life and colour to any area.

Love you long time

Your garden is your happy place and planting a few beautiful flowers and plants on Valentine’s Day is a gift that just keeps on giving. While digging and planting will provide you with hours of happiness just as a benefit of spending time outdoors, your garden and balcony will show appreciation for your time and efforts with bursts of colour dotted all around the garden followed by a sweet, lingering fragrance that delights your senses.

Get dirty

There are health and emotional benefits of spending time in the garden. When digging in the soil you are exposed to a soil microbe called Mycobacterium vaccae which has been proven to make you happier. According to research studies, this bacterium stimulates serotonin production which gives it a similar effect on the brain as Prozac, but without the negative side effects. So, when you need a little boost, grab your spade and head to the garden for your dose of joy.

For the birds and the bees

The birds singing, bees buzzing and the gentle sound of leaves swishing in the wind are all familiar sounds you’ll hear when you spend time in your garden. While these sounds may conjure up happy thoughts, bird songs, in particular, have been proven to improve our mental and emotional health and make us happier and healthier. If you want to keep your mood elevated, add a birdbath to your garden, place a bird feeder in the tree and sit back and let the cheerful vibes kick in.

In the words of Arthur Smith, “If you want to be happy forever, take up gardening.” We couldn’t agree more. So go to www.lifeisagarden.co.za for your latest gardening inspiration,

Visit your nearest GCA Garden Centre for gardening supplies and get digging this love month.