Container gardening doesn’t have to cost a fortune, just only a little imagination. You could find beautiful garden containers at your local garden shops with rays of rainbow colors that are eye-catching, but can be expensive. Luckily, you don’t have to empty your wallet to create a beautiful container planter with materials that you already have around the house such as; baskets, boots, and buckets. By recycling an item into a new and different use can create a quirky and add personality to your flowers.
Loved boots… you might have walked many miles in your boots that you have worn holes into the soles, if you haven’t; drill a few small holes for drainage in the bottom. Fill the boots with a good potting mix. Next, choose an upright focal point plant for example a small primrose with an ivy plant that could cascade sideways over the boot. You could add fillers like violas for a color accent. Water and make sure your plants have enough sunlight to help your flowers bloom.
Blooming basket.. The basket filled with herbs can brighten a sunny balcony or porch and add flavors to your favorite recipe. Find a basket that can be wide enough to add at least 3 herbs. At the beginning you should add a shallow plastic container pan inside the basket to help hold the soil. Next, fill the basket with a potting mix. You can add short and bushy herbs such as sage, parsley, and thyme. Water and make sure your herbs have enough sunlight to flourish.
Cascading bucket.. A barrel of flowers cascading into your garden is a clever way to pack color into an area of poor compact soil. YOu can choose to use colorful blooms or even colorful succulents. To create, set the bucket/ barrel down on its side on landscape fabric to serve as a weed barrier. Position it so it blends naturally into your garden. Drill holes in the bucket that will have the soil pressed into it. Add fresh potting mix soil inside the bucket and then add your plants by cutting a slit into the fabric for the plant roots to go into the ground. Once the bucket/ barrel is planted, water with liquid fertilizer to help your plants flourish.
These simple and easy containers can give a unique personality to your garden. You can read more container gardens in our garden blogs…Gardening with Junk