Size Doesn’t Matter! -Part 3

Get your head out of the gutter and in the garden!

There are other options for gardening containers besides the traditional planting pots and hanging baskets. These include several up-cycled items. It is all about being creative!

Here are some of the nontraditional gardening containers:

  • Plastic storage containers

    I was in a bind and needed a cheap solution quick. Hello plastic storage container...

    I was in a bind and needed a cheap solution quick. Hello plastic storage container…

  • Cans, bottles, jugs, etc.

    Time to recycle some!

    Time to recycle some!

  • Buckets

    Old or cheap buckets can be used as a substitute for planters.

    Old or cheap buckets can be used as a substitute for planters.

  • Bags (canvas, burlap, etc.)

    These bags once held compost, reused now!

    These bags once held compost, reused now!

  • Crates or wooden flats

    Crates used for gardening at the Fall Flower and Garden Festival at Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, MS - part of Mississippi State University

    Crates used for gardening at the Fall Flower and Garden Festival at Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs, MS – part of Mississippi State University

Plastic storage containers can be a cheaper option than traditional planting pots and provide more planting space compared to comparably priced containers. Vegetable cans, gallon milk and juice jugs, aluminum cans and plastic cola bottles can all be used as up-cycled garden containers. By cutting the tops off of the jugs, cans, etc. enough space is created to plant into. Buckets are another option for container gardening and they are large enough to plant ‘heavy’ vegetables such as tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, etc. Canvas and burlap bags can be used for container gardening and can be easily stored in the off season.

If these ideas are not creative enough, try using other items you were planning to get rid of, throw away or those that you just love, but can’t decide what to do with anymore. For example:

Slap a coat of paint and she's like new!

Slap a coat of paint and she’s like new!

If you have leftovers from other projects, put them to good use!

If you have leftovers from other projects, put them to good use!

An old cast iron cooking pot used in my mom's garden.

An old cast iron cooking pot used in my mom’s garden.

No need to throw it away...

Rusted out on the bottom? No need to throw it away…

I have seen old shoes, chairs, tubs and even toilets be re-purposed into gardening containers! One thing to remember with all containers is that there needs to be a drainage hole/s in the bottom of the container. No need to drown the plants!

There are so many options for gardening; you just need to be creative! I hope these ideas helped the creative process and opened up possibilities for recycling! If you have other creative and/or recycling ideas, I would love to hear about them!

Get your head in the garden,

Sarah

 

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