Fall is in the air and we are ready to decorate!!
We just love Fall!
So many beautiful colors, crisp cool days, Halloween, Thanksgiving and of course Christmas around the corner.
If you are like us, we look through magazines, drive down streets and look at pictures on the net, seeing all these wonderful pictures of front porches all decorated for Fall and saying “Hey, we should do that!”
Well today we are going to show you how you can get a couple of these looks very easily and inexpensively.
We found this beautiful front entry on My Home Ideas.
Look closely, do you see it……………..KALE!!!
In the South, not only do we eat Kale but we decorate with it as well.
We will be doing both potted and hanging kale with lights.
Option 1: Planted Kale
What You’ll Need
•3 terra-cotta pots (8-inch, 12-inch, and 16-inch)
•1 large bag of potting soil
•9 to 11 (1-gallon) kale plants
•3 strands battery-operated lights
•6 C-size batteries
Fill the largest pot two-thirds full with potting soil and fertilizer. Place the medium-sized pot in the center of the larger pot, and fill medium pot as described above. Center smallest pot in medium-sized pot, and add soil and fertilizer. Water well.
Light the Container
Add several strings of lights throughout the kale. Conceal the battery pack in base of the plants.
Option 2: Hanging Kale
What You’ll Need:
•1 (8- to 10-inch) pot
•1 medium-sized round wire form
•1 (410-cubic-inch) bag of dried decorative moss
•1 roll of wired plant tie (or several trash bag ties)
•1 small bag of potting soil with fertilizer or add Osmocote (2 tablespoons)
•8 to 12 (4-inch) kale plants
•2 strings of battery-operated lights
•4 C-size batteries
•Large J-hooks or hanging basket hooks
Fill the Form
Line the topiary form on all sides with sheet moss, securing it with pieces of covered wire.
Plant Your Kale
Gently tease off any excess soil from a kale plant. Beginning at the bottom of the form, pull moss apart to make a small opening and insert plant.
Fertilize and Fill
As you plant, fill with soil and fertilizer until all sides are covered with kale, spacing plants about 3 inches apart. The plants will fill out in about 3 to 4 weeks.
Tip: We used an empty pot to balance the form. This allowed us to plant the lowest kale first without crushing it as we continued up the sides.
Light and Hang
Add strings of battery-operated lights, hiding the battery box inside the form, and hang from a sturdy hook.
We really hope y’all enjoyed this cute and easy tutorial on an inexpensive way to decorate your front entry!
Please tell us how this works for you and send us pictures of your front entry!
If you have any pictures and/or decorating tips for Fall please send them to us at TwoSouthernSweeties@gmail.com and we may feature them on our blog.
Make it a great day, you deserve it!
Aileen and Tracey