Top Ten Unusual Containers
With the green movement gaining momentum, using what you have on hand for container gardening is a great choice. For basics on container gardening, visit my article
written a couple of years ago.
Some ideas for items to reuse/recycle that are perfect for plants are:
- Watering cans: The old misused metal ones are the best looking for this sort of thing, but plastic ones will hold up better over time. Old buckets plant nicely, too.
- Crocks: No, not the kind you wear (although they work too!), but the old ceramic ones you can easily find at flea markets if you don't have your own.
- Wicker items: Wicker is great for holding containers that hold plants.
- Rain boots: (see above). I bought these charming little girl rain boots for almost nothing in a clearance sale and drilled holes in the bottom for drainage. They always bring a smile to everyone who sees them.
- Old bathtub: Now, you might not have one of these lying around (and that's probably a good thing), but you get the idea: just about anything can be a planter and make a statement when filled with lush summer blooms or perennials.
- Colanders: Again plastic ones will keep your plant's roots cooler than metal, and the colander has to be lined with something like plastic window screening first, but a good choice, especially for herbs.
- Clementine boxes: I have wondered what else can be done with this fairly substantial boxes when we are done enjoying the fruit. What a great idea for a container! All decorated ahead for you.
- Barrels and urns: Maybe not as original an idea as above, but these are classics because they work. You can find plastic urns and pots nowadays that look like they are made of heavy ceramic, but are light as a leaf.
- Birdhouses: If the bluebirds have rejected the house you bought for them, use it as a planter instead. You can work the roof off to make room for flowers, or plant a vine so that it curls down from the house's entry hole.
- And last: Just plop your plant into a bag of soil and leave it at that. You might want to close the top a little around the plant's stem, but that's all you need to do after puncturing the bottom for drainage.