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
- Cans, bottles, jugs, etc.
- Bags (canvas, burlap, etc.)
- Crates or wooden flats
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:
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,