How To Make A Decorated Flower Pot From A Cat Litter Bucket; Instructions and Photos
I Garden In Containers
If you have read any of my previous articles, you will know that I garden mostly in containers. The soil where I live is not very fertile. The lot where I decided to move and restore my old house was covered at one time with pine trees. I enjoy growing plants in pots because I can move the plants around in my yard to create different scenes. I like to use plants on stairs and I hang containers from trees that are filled with red Impatiens.
Hanging Baskets From The Tree
Drainage Holes Are Drilled Into The Bottom Of The Tidy Cat™ Bucket
Problems With Container Gardening
There are a couple of problems with container gardening: one is the plant will soon outgrow the pot and will have to be moved to a larger pot. So now you need another pot to hold the larger plant, and that also means buying more potting soil, and that gets pretty expensive after a while. I have probably spent a small fortune on potting soil. My Mother who taught me all I know about gardening would “turn over in her grave” if she knew I actually bought soil! Well, she lived in parts of the United States where the soil was rich. All you had to do was go out into the woods and fill your bucket with nice, rich fertile soil. That is not the case here in South Florida.
Container gardening is a little more challenging than just growing plants directly into the yard. The container will dry out quickly if there has been no rain. Be prepared to water your plants often. Your plants will need to be fertilized more often, too. Also, be sure and drill drainage holes in the bottom of the container is you are using a bucket like the kitty litter comes in. This is easily done using a drill (either cordless or electric), and a large drill bit. Make several holes in the bottom.
My Dracaena Marginata To Be Repotted
Choose The Proper Potting Soil
Choose a potting soil that is not heavy. If you have heavy soil, use some perlite or vermiculite to make the soil lighter. Packing peanuts work really well, too. Moving the plants around will be difficult if you use heavy soil. Some people use wooden platforms on wheels to move their plants around. I manage without those, although I can see where they would come in handy. I have grown tomato plants in containers, and all kinds of herbs. Lettuce, eggplant, carrots and cabbage do very well in containers.
I had a cutting of Dracaena Marginata that a friend gave me. I like this plant very much and had hoped it would root and “take off” like most of my plants perform. The cutting did take root, and I was thrilled about that, but then it reached a point where it just stopped! It didn’t die, but it didn’t grow either. It finally dawned on me that it was root bound. I was sure it needed a larger pot so that its roots could stretch out and grow.
The Tidy Cat™ Bucket Ready To Be Transformed Into A Flower Pot
I Will Transform A Tidy Cat™ Bucket Into A Flower Pot
I looked all around for a large pot so I could transplant this Dracaena. I didn’t have one, and I didn’t want to make a trip to the store. A friend of mine who has cats gave me three of her empty Tidy Cat™ litter buckets that she didn’t want. I always need buckets to use around the house so I took them off her hands, and they have just been stacked up waiting for me to use. These buckets have a tight fitting lid so they come in handy to hold bird seed, dog food, and lot of other uses. The make nice mop buckets, too. The handle is very sturdy so you can carry the bucket filled with water and not have to worry about the handle breaking off.
I began to see one of the litter buckets transformed into a container for my Dracaena. I cleaned out the bucket. I attempted to remove the label, but that was impossible. I scraped and scraped, but it wouldn’t come off. So, I decided to paint over the label and hope for the best. The next big job was to cut off the handle. The handle was made NOT to be removed. I cut it as close to the bucket as I possibly could. I used my electric drill to make several holes in the bottom of the bucket for drainage.
The Krylon™ Spray Paint I Used
I Used Krylon™ Paint Made For Plastic
I used a special spray paint made for plastics to paint the bucket. I have used this paint on plastic porch tables before, and the paint holds up very well. It did take two coats of paint to completely cover the label on the bucket. I’m never satisfied with projects until I do a little something extra on them. I wanted to paint a sunflower on the side of the bucket. I did that using acrylic paint. After allowing the paint to dry overnight, I was ready to fill the bucket with potting soil and transplant the Dracaena Marginata. I couldn’t wait to see how this was going to look!
The Painted Tidy Cats™ Bucket
The Acrylic Paints I Will Use To Decorate The Tidy Cat™Litter Bucket
Starting The Sunflower Design On The Kitty Litter Bucket
The Sunflower Design Is Completed
The Finished Flower Pot Made From The Kitty Litter Bucket
I Will Use Tidy Cats™ Recyled Buckets For Flower Pots
Using empty Tidy Cats™ buckets has opened a whole new world for me. I don’t think I’ll be buying expensive pots from the store anymore. There will be fewer of these empty buckets thrown into landfills, too. I will feel good about that.
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