Last week I bought a dwarf Meyer lemon tree to live in my kitchen. I’ve wanted one for a long time, and I was so excited when it finally arrived. Yesterday, I bought the pot to plant it in.
When I got home, I realized that the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot was too large for the rocks I had to go at the bottom. I was going to end up with rocks and dirt spilling everywhere, until I realized I had just the thing to fix it in my refrigerator.
Disclaimer: Please forgive the photos. It was late, and the lighting in my rental kitchen is less than stellar after about 2 pm.
Enter the mesh bag that citrus fruits come in. This one is from a bag of lemons (how apropos):
I cut it open so it was one flat piece, and then I folded it twice so the mesh was overlapping itself, and it fit in the bottom of the pot:
It worked perfectly! I layered in the rocks which then didn’t fall out of the hole in the bottom, and then charcoal and soil, and finally the lemon tree.
You can also use a coffee filter as a soil saver in a smaller potted plant; it’s one of our favorite gardening new uses. Have you come up with a brilliant new use recently, tell me in the comments, I’d love to hear them.