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Recycling Ideas for Fall Container Gardens

Updated on November 18, 2013
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Seasonal Container Gardens

Seasonal container gardens will keep your porches, decks and entryways looking pretty all year round.

In fall, for instance, flowerpots filled with cold tolerant beauties like Icelandic pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale, asters and chrysanthemums can definitely boost your house's curb appeal--and lift your spirits when you come home from a long day at work.

Ready to fill your flowerpots with seasonal plants? There's no need to start from scratch. You can reuse and recycle your planting materials.

Mixed planters (and singletons like this flowering kale) are fun fall additions to your home landscape--and they don't have to cost a lot!
Mixed planters (and singletons like this flowering kale) are fun fall additions to your home landscape--and they don't have to cost a lot! | Source

RECYCLE SEASONAL CONTAINER MATERIALS

Are your seasonal container gardens disease-free? Then try these recycling tips. You'll save time & money!

Recycle Plants

If you used annuals in your containers, don't throw them away. Compost them! If you planted perennials, try transplanting them into your flowerbeds. With any luck, they'll establish roots, and you'll be able to enjoy them again and again.

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Reuse Potting Soil

You can also reuse the soil from your flowerpots. To increase the soil's fertility, friability and moisture retention, mix some new compost and/or new potting soil in with the old before planting your new container garden.

Applying fertilizer is another way to assure that yourplants get the nutrients they need. Recycled soil may lack all of the essential minerals that plants require, as these nutrients may have been taken up by previous plantings, or they may have leached out.

To replace them, use a slow-release fertilizer that will last until winter or apply liquid fertilizer every two weeks.

Flowering cabbage is a pretty filler for an autumn mixed container garden.
Flowering cabbage is a pretty filler for an autumn mixed container garden. | Source

Pot Marigolds

Pot marigolds add fall color to home landscapes.
Pot marigolds add fall color to home landscapes. | Source

THRILLERS, SPILLERS & FILLERS

You'll add height as well as visual interest to your autumn containers if you plant them with thrillers, spillers and fillers.

Thrillers are tall plants with eye-catching colors, blooms and/or textures. In the fall, asters, flowering kale, chrysanthemums, cock's comb, pot marigolds and ornamental kale are good choices.

You'll also need a trailing plant, a spiller such as autumn fern. Pretty autumn fillers for your fall planter include Icelandic pansies, flowering cabbage and french marigolds.

English Garden Round Hanging Basket with Extra Thick Coco Coir Liner - 16 Inch
English Garden Round Hanging Basket with Extra Thick Coco Coir Liner - 16 Inch

The coir is thick and can be used multiple years--so long as your hanging planter remains free of disease.

 

RECYCLE HANGING BASKETS

Just as you can refresh a disease-free planter, you can also refurbish hanging baskets. Simply remove the tired plants, enrich the soil a bit and add a few new favorites.

The hanging basket featured right has a coir lining. Soak it well in water, then plant.

Close-up of a flowering white kale.
Close-up of a flowering white kale. | Source

FALL CONTAINER ACCESSORIES

The sunny days of summer may be over, but the fun doesn't have to stop. Dress up your planters! Setting them on pretty feet or placing them inside cachepots will give your old pots a new look. You can also add attractive stakes and water globes to your pots, or try your hand at creating fall displays with lots of eye appeal.

Autumn planters look great in wheelbarrows, on haybales, beside foddershocks or on pretty plant stands alongside colorful gourds, pumpkins and Indian corn.

With a little imagination (and work) autumn can be just as colorful and pretty as summertime.

Team Spirit Planters

Football season is a great time to show your spirit with pots, plants & accessories in your favorite team's colors.
Football season is a great time to show your spirit with pots, plants & accessories in your favorite team's colors. | Source

HOW TO EXTEND THE LIVES OF FALL PLANTERS

Although autumn flowers are hardy plants, they aren't completely impervious to cold snaps, especially when they're in pots.

The roots of potted plants experience colder temperatures and more drastic temperature fluctuations than those of bedding plants. This can cause root damage. Although root damage probably won't kill your plants, it will stunt their growth.

If possible, bring planters and hanging baskets indoors when heavy frosts are predicted or cover them. When covering hanging baskets, place them on the ground first. They'll stay warmer that way.

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    • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

      Jill Spencer 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thanks again, Don. You're very kind.

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      DON BALDERAS 

      7 years ago

      This is an expression of kindness to the Earth. Thank you Dear Farmer.

    • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

      Jill Spencer 

      7 years ago from United States

      @ Sunnie Day-- Hope you have lots of fun gardening--despite the heat. Thanks for reading! DF

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      So happy I found you..I retired this year to become a backyard farmer..I love working outside..While the Texas heat destroyed our garden, I look forward to growing the purple kale and cabbage..Thanks for a great hub,

      Sunnie

    • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

      Jill Spencer 

      7 years ago from United States

      Hi mary615! I'd love it if you'd like your hub to mine. For those who love coleus, check out Mary's hub at https://hubpages.com/living/Easily-Propagating-Col...

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I live in S. Florida, and our soil is terrible. I do mostly container gardening, so I enjoyed reading this. I just place lots of pots together, and it looks just like they are planted in the ground. Good information here. May I link this Hub to mine I did on propagating Coleus?

    • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

      Jill Spencer 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Eiddwen. Happy gardening! J

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      Eiddwen 

      8 years ago from Wales

      a very interestinbg and useful hub.

      I vote up up and away,and here's to many more to share on here.

      Take care and have a great day.

      Eiddwen.

    • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

      Jill Spencer 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks, MM. I was hoping that the information on soil would be useful. That often seems to be everyone's first question, "Is it okay to use old dirt?" Take care! DF

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dirt Farmer, interesting and useful information as always, and some great tips for having some colour in the garden for Autumn.

      Thank you for sharing, best wishes MM

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