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Although the fiberglass and plastic planters and bowls available at hardware and discount retail stores have become very exotic in recent years, they're still not the best for actually ensuring that nice planter or hanging summer outdoor basket gives all those colorful plants the best environment to grow in.

What could be better than using natural coconut husk liners? That in and of itself sounds exotic, but if you really want to have better-looking planters and hanging baskets than those neighbors and those $40 exquisite fiberglass patio pots, why not create an exquisite and environmentally-friendly planter from scratch instead?

Coconut liners give the needed aeration to those precious annual plant roots while allowing watering to feed them properly and letting excess moisture out the bottom. In fact, I use these liners in the ground (bury them about an inch under the ground) and then dig them up once fall arrives in order to have some beautiful fall houseplants (near windows, of course). They're re-usable and really pretty to look at. That is, unless you prefer boring gray or white plastic hanging baskets.


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