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Creative Ideas for Portable Gardens

Short of space?  Renting or on the move and need a mobile garden solution?  Or perhaps a health issue means you need a little more flexibility … Get some inspiration from these ‘pick up and grow’ creative ideas for micro gardens.

Edible wheelbarrow garden

If your soil is too poor or difficult to dig, a mobile solution in a compact space might be an easy solution.

 

Wheelbarrows are ready-made gardens on wheels – if yours has seen better days, rusted out or you want to make the most of the sunny spots you have, they are a great idea!

 

Grow edibles in the 'deep end' and shallow rooted herbs or leafy greens around the edges or where the soil is around 10cm deep. Photo: Sassy Gardener

Grow edibles in the 'deep end' and shallow rooted herbs or leafy greens around the edges or where the soil is around 10cm deep.

 

If you are looking for a unique garden feature you can change with seasonal colour; add a little ‘Wow!’ factor; or move around as a display, here’s a great example.

 

This quaint painted wheelbarrow is both a practical flower garden and a beautiful eye-catching feature. Photo: Jeannie Fletcher

This quaint painted wheelbarrow is both a practical flower garden and a beautiful eye-catching feature.

Rustic yes!  Geraniums are the star attraction and turn this very ordinary garden into something special.

Rustic yes! Geraniums are the star attraction and turn this very ordinary garden into something special.

 

Inspired to make your own wheelbarrow garden planter?  Watch this video to find out how to do it!

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What if you need something a little more permanent, but still manageable to move with you?  Here’s a great idea with a recycled pallet.

 

With a little weed mat stapled on the back to hold the soil in place, this is a nifty little project for a mini raised garden bed for either edibles or ornamental plants.Photo: JoSzczepanska

With a little weed mat stapled on the back to hold the soil in place, this is a nifty little project for a mini raised garden bed for either edibles or ornamental plants.

 

Micro container gardens are an easily portable solution – here are a few ideas …

 

A simple container like this cute little teacup and saucer planter is perfect for small spaces.

A simple container like this cute little teacup and saucer planter is perfect for small spaces.

 

This mini collection of succulents planted in a shell and colour co-ordindated baskets doesn't take up much space and they are lightweight to move. Photo: John Granen, Kathleen Brenzel

This mini collection of succulents planted in a shell and colour co-ordindated baskets doesn't take up much space and they are lightweight to move.

 

Lightweight greenhouses in all sizes are a good option for renters or if you only have a few plants to grow.

 

Plastic greenhouses are economical options for small spaces and less than ideal weather conditions.  You just fold them up when you need to move! Photo: Anselor

Plastic greenhouses are economical options for small spaces and less than ideal weather conditions. You just fold them up when you need to move!

 

Planters on brackets like window boxes and topsy-turvy tomato planters are some nifty solutions too.

 

Remove hanging baskets from a hook if you need to relocate to another position around the house or balcony depending on seasonal sun. Photo: John Borwick

Remove hanging baskets from a hook if you need to relocate to another position around the house or balcony depending on seasonal sun.

 

Any item with a handle means it’s easy to move … just pick up and go.  Think jugs, bags, baskets …

This clear carry bag makes a perfect terrarium and is a super gift idea. Photo: Anne Helmond

This clear carry bag makes a perfect terrarium and is a super gift idea.

 

This is the ultimate guy's garden ... a hot red toolbox filled with hard to kill succulents is a recipe for success that can go just about anywhere!

This is the ultimate guy's garden ... a hot red toolbox filled with hard to kill succulents is a recipe for success that can go just about anywhere!

 

With an easy to pull handle, any cart or wagon is perfect for a mobile garden.

With an easy to pull handle, any cart or wagon is perfect for a mobile garden.

 

Think about anything you’ve got with wheels that you can repurpose as a portable garden: washing basket trolleys (perfect with drainage holes); children’s wagons or even their large toy trucks or ride-on plastic cars!  Kids can have fun moving their garden too.  If you have an old BBQ why not convert it into a herb garden?

 

This portable BBQ with a deep semi-circular base is perfect as a planter on wheels.

This portable BBQ with a deep semi-circular base is perfect as a planter on wheels.

 

If you’ve got a leftover CD case and are looking for an indoor planter that you can take with you, try making a mini terrarium.

 

Think outside the square and reuse your CD spindle case as a terrarium planter!

Think outside the square and reuse your CD spindle case as a terrarium planter!

 

As you can see, portable gardens are only limited by your imagination!  Found an inspiring idea here or got one of your own?  Please share your comment or creative solution.

For more inspiration on creative planters, visit the Container Ideas category.

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7 Responses to “Creative Ideas for Portable Gardens”

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