so this post is going to be about planters and junk- literally, junk. If your like me then you want to add some texture and a little form to you garden without having to really pay for it. To do this, we will utilize something that everyone has! Junk! Best thing about junk is that it’s free! That’s the aim of this, right? So let’s begin by looking at some different kinds of junk that can be re-used.
Sorry for the lack of color, I had this post outfitted with good pictures for each section but Tumblr wouldn’t let me post it.. As a result, the images are hyper linked in (:
Now I’m not just talking about 2 liters here, you can use water bottles cut in half as seed starters. Milk jugs can be used as planters, and even watering cans with a box cutter and some imagination. Cut your 2 liter in half and fill with soil to start seeds in, put the top half back on top and you have a mini-greenhouse! Same can be done with milk jugs. Want a contemporary hanging herb garden? Your 2 liters can be re-purposed for this too!
Now, tires are a whole different thing! You can paint the tires, stack the tires, you can hang your tires up for a vertical garden. So many things to do with tires! Heard of a Blooming Tire Planter? I’m in no short supply of old tires, and one thing I would really like to do is take this old tractor tire that we have and turn it into a succulent container garden. Since the tire itself is so big, we would have to bury it half way but then it could be filled with anything your heart desires (:
When we moved into our house we came into possession of a large amount of different-sized Easter baskets - some made of wicker and quite small, some large enough to hold a beautiful flower arrangement. Well that’s exactly what I’m going to do!
A stylish rope pot hanger can be adjusted to whatever size basket you may have and can be easily constructed out of rope, twine, yarn, probably even shoestrings if that is all you have on hand. Here is the Instructable to get you started.
Baskets can hold whatever you wish, and have the ability to fit into any setting. If you are looking to make a hanging-basket then try using old wire hangers that have lost their shape can be fashioned into sturdy basket-hangers with a little imagination.
Baskets can easily be converted into planters by stapling down some plastic, (old freezer paper, house wrap, plastic bags, wax paper) or spreading some aluminum foil around to create a liner. Be sure to do this, or your baskets will rot out!
4. Cardboard Boxes (and Egg cartons)
Okay, so if your like me then you have a lot of old shoe boxes, and a few extra big boxes. I finally decided what to do with some of them! I’ve used a couple for starting seedlings (watermelons and broccoli) indoors, but some have gone to hibiscus and those ones will be going directly into the ground- box and all!
The boxes are biodegradable, but since our roots will likely grow longer than the depth of a box, we are going to cut a whole into the middle of the bottom. Perfect! I’m sure there are a million and one other things to do with boxes, give me your ideas!
5. Tin cans (like from canned fruits and veggies)
Tin cans are an under-utilized resource. They can be decorated with paints, paper, cut outs, stickers, or anything you want. Decorating the tins is a good project to do with little ones.
Looking to hang your plants? No problem! With a max-strength hole punch and some string you can create this wonderful hanging arrangement, for free! I can just see beautiful Spring blooms popping out of these.
Just remember, with a little love and sometimes a little paint, you can turn your junk into amazing things! Use your imagination. Oh, and if you have anything that isn’t on this list, let me know and we’ll find something to do with it!
Vertical Gardens filled with Succulents. How wonderful! Make these pretty works of art by clicking through (:
Wow, pallet gardens (: I love this because K’s current job is to tear down pallets- he would have less work to do if people recycled pallets! You can usually get pallets free at your local grocer, or dollar store.
Thank-you Life On The Balcony