Labor Day weekend is upon us and perhaps you would like to head to the mountains, hike on the Appalachian Trail or lay on a white-sand beach — but love for your mixed containers trumps everything. The solution to this recurring dilemma? AquaPots.

Labor Day has many gardeners feeling a little bit like patio prisoners. After all, it is gardening that has literally brought many of through the COVID-19 era. It is our passion and our love, and it’s the perfect arrival time for some innovation when it comes to self-watering containers.

If you have not heard of the AquaPot, just know it is a game changer. These containers come in various sizes, shapes and colors, and they have science in their self-watering design partnered with artisan handcrafted construction. To say they combine beauty with heavy duty is an understatement.

Incredibly though, these Proven Winners containers allow you to water and go on a long weekend or even a week’s vacation and return to stunningly alive flowers. Professional large sized containers actually give weeks in between watering.

The glazed ceramic containers are handcrafted, allowing them to add a true touch of elegance wherever they are used. The ingenious self-watering concept is based on a water-holding reservoir in the lower chamber of the pot with a soil-holding shelf in the upper chamber. The water wicks up to the soil and plant’s root zone via a cylinder that connects the chambers.

One last device that you will love is a tube hidden by the flowers that allows you to insert water-soluble fertilizer, followed by a water hose for the weekly filling. No longer will you splash soil all over the patio or ruin flowers with the force of fire-hydrant-like water pressure. No water or fertilizer stains on the patio or deck either! If, you think you might add too much water, forget it, there is an escape hole.

No amount of mechanical skill or reasoning is required to put together — zero zip, nada. I’m a horticulturist and was absent the day mechanical skills were passed out. Give me a curtain rod to hang and hyperventilation commences. Trust me I put mine together in mere seconds.

Planting is exactly the same as in any other container. Just like I have always written, don’t skimp when it comes to the quality of your potting soil. It needs to be light, fluffy and the best.

I was visiting via computer with Jenny Simpson who along with husband Jerry, own Creekside Nursery in Dallas, N.C. She told me they were extremely impressed and happy with how the AquaPots have performed in North Carolina gardens. She said they provided consistent water and food to the plants, which love their new homes.

Jenny has reached rock star status in the Southeast with her educational videos. I would urge you to watch all of them and especially the AquaPot demonstration. You’ll find these www.facebook.com/CreeksideNurseryInc.

AquaPots add beauty and a new-found freedom when it comes to watering the plants we love. It also gives you confidence, maybe for the first time, that you are supplying the water and fertilizer just at the right moment, which is as the plants need it. Go to www.provenwinners.com/aquapotsto see all the choices available.

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