Looking for creative DIY container garden projects? Micro Gardening in containers offers you SO many benefits. If you are a beginner or need some ideas to get started, I’ve compiled these tutorials to inspire you – regardless of your space, skills or budget!
4 Steps to Create your DIY Container Garden
You can make a new or repurposed planter for a herb, vegetable, ornamental or flower garden in just a few easy steps:
Step 2: Check sufficient drainage holes or add as required in the base.
Tutorial via Simply Healthy Farm
6 DIY Container Garden Projects
Many of us declutter each year or season and especially when we move. So look at how you might be able to repurpose old containers. Rethink how you could repurpose old baskets, shoes, crockery, furniture and garage items for a new use in your garden. Find ways to tread lighter on the planet, rather than always opting to buy new!
TIP: Remember if you are planting edibles, try to choose a safe container for food gardens.
Here are a few container garden projects you can try:
1. Drawer Planter Cache Pot. I’ve picked up old wooden boxes and drawers from garage/farm sales and op shops. Or repurposed items from our shed and used them as ornamental planters. Rather than ruining a wooden container by filling it directly with moist potting mix, there’s a solution! Simply put plants in smaller pots or containers INSIDE the outer cache ‘pot’. So the moisture in the soil won’t rot your lovely planter.
Tutorial via Ironstone and Pine.
TIP 1: Remove pot plants for watering so your wooden planter lasts much longer.
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2. Hessian/Burlap Wrap. This is one of my favourite ways to give pots a makeover. ‘Plain Jane’ plastic pots, even broken or mismatched ones can all be given an individual update or you can create a coordinated collection. For large pots, cut hessian to size by laying the pot down on its side for measuring. Allow extra at the top for folding in. Secure the hessian around the base of the pot with a few stitches or hot glue gun then fold the top edges inside the top of your pot to the level of the mulch. A tie around the rim will hold it in place.
TIP 1: Using thread and needle, keep your rope or string tie in place with a few stitches in the hessian.
TIP 2: You can slide the hessian pot wrap down so you can hose it off when you want to repot and reuse it again.
A hessian bow in another colour can also give your pots a great new look. I created this hessian herb pot collection with frayed ribbon together for the Queensland Garden Expo.
TIP 3: Once your hessian is worn and reached its natural life, simply cut it up and compost it! As a natural fibre, it will break down and build your soil.
TIP 1: Line the basket first with coconut fibre (coir peat) before adding your potting mix to lengthen the life of your baskets.
TIP 2: Consider the mature height of your plants before arranging them in the baskets!
4. Colourful Low Cost Bucket Planters. For less than a dollar, a plastic bucket can be turned into a portable or hanging planter. Just use the handle and an ‘S’ hook!
5. Distressed pots. I have a country garden so aged and vintage planters often find their way here. You can create this look quite simply with paint and coarse grain sandpaper.
Here’s another version – I painted these pots in contrasting colours for the rim and saucer and reversed them as pairs of pots, then filled with colour coordinated flowers.
6. Wooden Crate Planter. It’s a matter of personal choice whether you leave timber bare, treat it with oil or paint to preserve it. I think timber boxes make wonderful portable container gardens. If you use the box as a decorative outer ‘cachepot’ and add smaller pot plants inside, you can also change these with the season.
TIP 1: Line your box with weed mat if you want to plant directly into it to minimise moisture contact with the wood. This also makes re-potting easy. Just lift the 4 top edges of the weed mat liner out so you don’t damage your plants!
TIP 2: Searching for wooden boxes and crates? Try your local recycle centre, garage/farm sales, green grocer, landscape yard or secondhand building supplies store. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, make your own box by upcycling a wooden pallet cut to size.
I hope these ideas have inspired you to start your own container garden project!
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