How to start a planter?


I have a brick planter that I want to put flowers in. It had weeds so i cleared it out and took out some dirt and rocks. Now i am not sure what to do. lol My plan was to buy some of that mesh that keeps away weeds, lay it on the bottom, buy a couple of bags of potting soil and plant flowers. Is that what I do?? need advice. thanks!!

  13 answers
  • William William on Apr 21, 2020

    The soil goes in first. The weed block goes on top of the soil. Cut slits or "X's" in the weed block where you want to plant. Then add two to three inches of mulch. Putting the weed block on the bottom can block root growth on your plants and you'd get weeds growing on top.

  • Annie Annie on Apr 21, 2020

    Hi Valerie, that's a great idea. Get a small roll of landscape fabric, and put that on the entire bottom. That stuff allows water to seep through but weeds can't grow through it.

    Then yes you're right, potting soil and then plant your plants! Will that planter get full sun? Or maybe some shade?

  • Annie Annie on Apr 21, 2020

    You will have lots of colourful choices of flowers to choose from Valerie. Do you already have some ideas for your plant choices? And how tall or short you want the plants?

    If you choose a few perennials for the planter, they will come back every year. Then you could fill in the rest with colourful annuals.

  • Cindy Cindy on Apr 21, 2020

    Hi Valerie. Add the soil first. Then weed fabric. Cut X's in the fabric and put your plants in the X's. Then mulch on top. You can also use grass clippings instead of mulch. Tomatoes love full sun. Be sure to water on a regular schedule. Soil should be kept moist but no puddles. Good luck Valerie. Stay well and healthy.

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Apr 21, 2020

    If it's big, put something in the bottom like milk jugs or big rocks. This will take up space so you need less soil - soil is expensive! Add rocks to the bottom for good drainage and then top with soil. The lawn fabric isn't necessary.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Apr 21, 2020

    Great advice from everyone! I like to put the taller plants in the back so the smaller ones show nicer. Now is a great time to start seeds if you are growing them. I would have to grow indoors, here in Pennsylvania until about mid May, since it's still too cold. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Mike Mike on Apr 21, 2020

    Landscape fabric is great for stopping the weeds I’ve also used old newspaper in several flower beds it soaks up water which helps the plants. It also blocks the weeds and becomes biodegradable after time. Top that with some fresh soil add in some nice perennial plants for low maintenance and finish off with a mulch.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 22, 2020

    That would be a good plan. Except I would amend the current soil with garden soil, then put down the landscape fabric, cut a hole for each flower you are planting. Keep in mine you will still have weeds because seeds are carried by birds, insects, and the wind but this will lessen them.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Apr 22, 2020

    Yes pick pretty flowers get some ivy put it hanging out of both ends and maybe tall plants for back

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 24, 2020

    Hi Valerie: You need something that will allow the water to drain so that you don't get a muddy bottom. The plastic might encourage mold to grow. The weed barrier things only stop most of the weeds from growing from the bottom. However, any weed seeds that fall on top of the dirt will still grow :( I'd put down a layer of pea gravel or, if you want to be able to move the planter, a thick layer of those foam packing peanuts. Then I'd add my soil. Miracle Grow is a good brand. Here's a site that tells you about the difference between potting soil and potting mix. Then, you can go ahead and plant your flowers. Here's another site that shows some ideas.

    Good luck

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 04, 2022

    Put rocks back in to help with drainage. Use garden soil and Compost mixed together to fill Planter then off you go. Plant as you wish.