I love it when I'm made aware of cottage businesses and the products they make are both practical and attractive. The Seed Keeper Company is one such company that I loved from the start and now I've found another one.
In nearby Tiffin, Ohio, René Clinger makes container pots - called Ahhh...Pots - in her home, from fabric. An avid plumeria and tuberose grower, she came up with the pattern for the pots after a discussion with her fellow growers. The result was an assortment of pots made from UV resistant fabric that can be used either as cache pots or by planting directly in them.
René sent a few pots my way for me to try and that's what I'm doing now. I'm using two of them as cache pots and the third one I've planted directly with Caladium bulbs. Only recently have we had warm enough weather for the bulbs to even think about growing, so I'm waiting on those to make an appearance.
As cache pots, the ones I have are a little on the large side for what I put in them, but that was easy enough for me to remedy by putting air-filled packing pillows in between the plant pot and the Ahhh...Pot. At the time that René sent the pots to me, I wasn't sure which of my plants I was going to put in them, so she sent the sizes we thought I could use.
|The pot on the right is planted directly with Caladium bulbs that aren't up yet.|
But the beauty of these pots is really that they can be planted directly. They're made of landscape fabric, and as I said, UV resistant. They're also porous, so water can drain through. Seams are reinforced and they have handles for ease in moving them around. I think I'll try growing potatoes in the largest one next year!
There are 13 different designs, in both black and brown with contrasting trim, and the sizes range from one gallon through 65 gallons (now THAT'S a big pot!). There's even a portable garden and flower pouches. The pots are easy to store over the winter by just hosing them off and folding them flat for storage. I think you'll be pleased with the quality of Ahhh...Pots and you'll get many years of use out of these.
You'll notice on her website that shipping is free for orders over $50 and wholesale pricing is available on request. If you don't see a size you like, René takes custom orders. AND first-time buyers get a free pot with their order!
Now for the giveaway! René has generously offered to let me give away a 3-gallon Ahhh...Pot in a fabric design of the winner's choice. All you need to do to enter is:
- Leave a comment here, telling me which fabric you'd choose if you win. (See the assortment of designs here.)
- Fill out the Rafflecopter form (below), which will provide your contact information so I can let you know you're the winner!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Entries will be accepted until midnight EDT on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Only residents from the lower 48 United States will be eligible to win. Value of the prize is $12.95.
I received Ahhh...Pots free of charge for the purpose of reviewing them for this blog. All opinions expressed here - as always - are my own.