Two Passions

My passion for tennis is almost as strong as the passion I have for gardening. When not outside in our garden, my wife and I enjoy time on the tennis court. We found that over time we were left with a large supply of used tennis balls. Rather than condemn them to the landfill, I realized that they could be put to much better use recycled as filler in the bottom of large pots.

Capture tballsI place one or two layers of tennis balls in the bottom of a pot (left), cover them with landscape cloth or several sheets of newspaper, and then fill with potting mix. The pots are a lot lighter to move about the garden, I save on soil, and my annuals have decent drainage. As we ran through our supply of tennis balls, the local tennis pro was glad to keep us supplied with all we could use. I have now gone through several seasons using this method, and the tennis balls have held up well.

It’s time to start collecting tennis balls again, as there are several dozen pots to fill with new annuals to welcome in the spring. I’ll call the pro.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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