Creative Gardening Containers

creative containers

Gardening is fun and I get a lot of pleasure just sitting back and thinking about what I am going to do next in the garden.

I also enjoy going to flea markets and garage sales. You never know what you may find.

What do gardening and flea markets have in common, well, simply put containers. A flea market or a garage sale presents a great opportunity to find a holder for your plants that has some personality.

As long as you provide sufficient drainage in the container and use a healthy soil mix you can grow just about anything in a container and many, many objects can be adapted to become gardens.

If you do not want to stray too far from the standard definition of a container then terra cotta pots are easy to decorate and you can design yoru own. Buy some stencils you like and some paint and you are ready to add a personal touch.

However, if you want to wander a bit further from the pack, take a good look around your own home first. What do you have that you are considering throwing away? Is there any chance this object could hold soil and thus a plant or two?

Drainage is important so if the object does not already have a drainage hole in the bottom can you safely drill or punch one? If you cannot, then is the container big enough to put a conventional plant container with drainage holes in it?

Some years back my favourite work boots had finally worn out? As hard as I thought about it I could not justify keeping them and was going o toss them away. As I picked them up, I had an inspiration. There was a ledge along our balcony just wide enough to sit these boots on. A trailing plant or something colorful could be planted in them and the boots could sit on the ledge. First I cleared this with my spouse, a step I recommend.

She was okay with the idea so a bits of soil and a collection of Johnny-jump-ups and soon we had a new look on our balcony. The comments were favourable and most said it was a good example of reusing something one would normally toss away.

Coffee tins make good herb planters, punch a hole in the bottom; add the soil and plant.

Rubber tires are ideal for ornamental gardens and can eb painted to suit your style. Old wheelbarrows can eb converted into both herb and ornamental flower gardens.

If the desired object looks a bit rough you can also paint it, add decals or simply let your creativity run free and design it to suit your site.

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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

I have plants in everything from square patio blocks, you know those ones we used to use to make a bookshelf LOL, to spittoons and old metal pails and tubs. It's great to recycle and everyone that visits has lots to look at all around my yard.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I like this, thanks for dropping by.


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

I knew you would! So how is the whole camera thing working out?


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I'll be making my final decision this week. Old one no longer works, Thanks for dropping by.

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