Contain Your Garden, Not Your Inspiration
Container gardening is a great way to get your gardening fix without needing much space to do it! Whether you live in an apartment, lack a spacious yard or simply want a mini garden indoors, check out these 5 creative ways to integrate household items into a beautiful container garden.
1. Container Inspiration
First, it’s time to pick your containers! You can use a variety of secondhand items for your garden, such as:
- Empty Dawn dish soap bottle, cut in half
- Terra cotta pot
- Popcorn tin
- Paint or coffee can
- Old rain boots
- A hollowed out log
- A drawer from a dresser
- An old barrel
- Teacups and coffee mugs
- Plastic or glass pitcher
2. What to Plant
After selecting your containers, research and study what plants grow best in your climate. Match the appropriate plant to the size of the container. Some thoughts to consider:
- Herbs: Mint, oregano, basil, chives, dill, parsley and rosemary do well in large containers. Plant tarragon and thyme in smaller containers.
- Vegetables: Plant broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bush beans, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, tomatoes, onions, peppers, lettuce and even corn.
- Fruit: Blueberries, raspberries, grapes and strawberries are great additions to container gardens.
3. Creative Planters: Old Dresser Drawer
Potted plants are a great way to add a touch of nature’s beauty to any outdoor space. Think beyond the traditional clay flowerpot and experiment with color, texture and size.
Is that old, unused dresser still taking up space in your basement? If so, repurpose the drawers for a fun and interesting planter. Placing unexpected items like this in surprising locations to add interest (and style) to your home’s gardens.
Explore these fun and creative planters to add interest to your garden >
4. Creative Planters: Wooden Pallet
If you’re ready to plant a garden but don’t have much space or don’t want to invest in raised beds, pallet gardening may be just the answer! Add a splash of color to a patio with an upright pallet bursting with flowers, grasses or succulents, or grow your own herbs in a simple pallet planter.
Here’s how to get started with a pallet garden >
5. Creative Planters: DIY Vegetable Planter
If you have a grass-less backyard in need of a little TLC, try creating a raised, freestanding vegetable box planter.