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Outdoor Plant Stands

by Geoff Richards on June 12, 2010

in Vegetable Gardening and Fruit Trees

 

When your garden becomes full with countless plants, an outdoor plant stand can help give you much needed extra Outdoor Plant Standsroom. Plant stands are specifically designed to hole one or more plant pots up off the ground. Plants are first placed within a pot and then placed on the stand. Some models are capable of holding more than one pot and are often referred to as "tiered" stands. Plant stands are highly decorative, accentuating any garden with beautiful curves and designs. Most often made from coated metal, these sturdy stands are safe to use both indoors and out. Some minor assembly may be required, but usually involved simply hand tightening the frame together. Plant stands come in various forms, each of which are best suited for different areas of the garden. corner units fit snugly into any corner, while flat, rectangular units are best placed up against a wall. Some can even stick into the ground right in your garden bed.

Design and Functionality

Outdoor plant stands have become part of garden culture because they same space and look great. Space is often a big issue with gardeners, as some people like apartment dwellers only have a small balcony to work with. When the garden becomes full, one or more plant stands can dramatically increase space. The "tiered" versions have more than one plant shelf stacked on top of one another. Similar to a bookshelf in your home, the tiered models store multiple plant pots while taking up very little precious ground space. Corner units have two sides that come together forming a 90 degree angle. They can slide right into a corner with ease, utilizing space that would typically be inaccessible. Outdoor plant stands have different types of shelves, too. Some stands have circular shaped shelves that can only store one pot at a time. Others have longer, more conventional style shelves which can store many pots or a single trough. The circular shaped varieties are often more decorative in style.

Advantages of Keeping Plants off the Ground:

Besides saving space, plant stands have another distinct advantage to gardeners. Plants grown in ground soil have to be constantly monitored for water levels, pest infestation and runoff chemicals which can damage or kill them. When put in a stand, bugs and chemicals cannot reach them. Also, users do not have to bend down into awkward positions to tend their crops. Water levels can be closely monitored, keeping plants in optimal health. In the event that the weather changes unexpectedly, the stands can be moved under the protection of a patio awning- a luxury that in-ground plants do not have. Potted plants can be automatically watered using a watering bulb like the one from Plant Nanny.

In-ground Stands

While most plant stands stand freely on any hard surface, some varieties have pole-like legs that can be pressed into soft ground. These stands can be placed in locations within the garden to complement their surroundings and increase functionality. The decorative, earthy tones of these stands blend in well with gardens of all styles.

Foldable Screen Stands

Another style that has style and function are plant screen stands. These models consist of a series of sections that are connected together with hinges, allowing them to rotate and change shape. Users can use these stands as a screen or wall, defining boundaries in the garden. Each section has a shelf on the top at a varying height. A retainer wall around each shelf keeps pots from falling out during adjustment. The ability to change the shape of the stand allows gardeners to express their creativity in an unexpected way.

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