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Pot-in-pot Planting

Pot-in-pot planting is the perfect shortcut for gardeners who like to change out their flower beds with the seasons. You're basically creating a pair of nested pots—the first acts as a placeholder in the soil while the second one holds the plant.

Bury an empty pot, keeping the top edge even with the soil line. Then drop in a plant growing in the same sized pot, leaving it in its original container. Don't forget to add a layer of mulch and irrigate as needed. When you're ready for a change, just lift out the old plants and insert new ones.

This technique also helps if you've had problems with roots, rocks, or nematodes, or if you want to grow tropical plants that need to be moved inside when cold weather strikes.

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