[See Sensational Shoe Planters
and Clever Plant Container Ideas
for some inspiration!]
Step 2: Check sufficient drainage holes or add as required in the base.
Step 3: Add Potting Mix – use my free potting mix recipe, revitalize old potting mix or use your own preferred mix.
Step 4: Add your plant(s), seeds or seedlings, top with mulch and water in well.
Tin can herb planter cache pots.
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.
With a coat of non-toxic paint and a light sand, you can create a charming repurposed drawer planter.
Tutorial via Ironstone and Pine.
TIP 1: Remove pot plants for watering so your wooden planter lasts much longer.
TIP 2: Add coconut fibre or sphagnum moss around your plant as mulch and to hide the pots inside. Lift out when you want to water.
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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.
With a small amount of cheap fabric, you can revamp ugly or mismatched pots & give them a stylish makeover.
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.
I loved covering these ugly black plastic pots with contrasting hessian colours to use for herbs. They last well and are a lot classier!
DIY Plant Labels Tutorial
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.
3. Tiered Vertical Basket Planter. Limited space? This solution maximises growing area and minimises water loss by filtering down to the baskets below. Check out the tutorial via A Beautiful Mess.
TIP 1: Line the basket first with coconut fibre (coir peat) before adding your potting mix to lengthen the life of your baskets.
A nest of baskets from discount stores would suit this planter or repurpose pre-loved baskets for a cost-effective option.
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!
Beyond the Pail – these low cost colourful buckets grouped together make a colourful option for a children’s garden & make a great gift.
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.
With your favourite non-toxic paint and some sandpaper, you can create a charming vintage look to your terracotta and unglazed clay pots.
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.
Here I combined lemon, lime and lavender colours and yellow blossoms as mulch.
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.
Try theming your container garden with herbs (medicinal or culinary), flowers, edibles like salad or stir fry greens or a feature perennial plant like a chilli bush.
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.
This old bicycle was mounted on the fence as GARDEN ART with pretty flowers planted in rustic containers. The frame and wheel spokes were the perfect trellis for the climbing grape vine. Get creative with YOUR container garden projects!
I hope these ideas have inspired you to start your own container garden project!
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