Container Ideas is where you will find articles showing you how to re-purpose and re-use materials as clever, crafty and creative containers for growing your food and plants.

Frugal Gardening – 5 Thrifty Recycling Ideas

Frugal gardening is about finding creative ways to save money. Need some ideas for making your own garden supplies rather than buying new? These tips will help inspire you with simple steps you can take.

Frugal Gardening - 5 Thrifty Recycling Tips. Make your own garden supplies to save money.

Frugal Gardening – 5 Thrifty Recycling Tips. Make your own garden supplies to save money.

Pots and containers, seed raisers, plant labels, watering cans and sprayers are some of most commonly used garden supplies.  There are many household items you may have been putting in your recycle or rubbish bin, without realizing their real value. You can start saving and repurposing many everyday items and turn them into useful supplies instead. Implementing even one or two of these tips will keep your money in your purse for longer, so dig in!

 

Creative cost-saving containers are only limited by your imagination! Like this upcycled toolbox with rustic garden tools.

Creative cost-saving containers are only limited by your imagination! Like this upcycled toolbox with rustic garden tools.

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Tips for Growing a Garden in Pots

Low Cost Creative Ideas for Container Gardens

Looking for some inspirational ways to give your small space or garden a facelift?  I’ve put together some thrifty and creative ideas to get the most out of growing a garden in pots.

New ways with old pots:

Got an odd assortment of containers of all colours, shapes and sizes or black plastic pots and want a more harmonious look for grouping them all together? Try these ideas:

  1. A couple of coats with water based non-toxic acrylic paint to coordinate the colours;
  2. Wrap them in hessian bags for an earthy look (hold in place with wire and tie at the top with rope or plaited string); or
  3. Hide them inside another container or cachepot.

    Painting old pots is a low cost way to give them a new life

    Try revamping old pots with a quick coat of paint for a colourful facelift.

The Benefits of Container Gardening

Containers can be used to grow beautiful yummy and fragrant plants.

Grow Colour, Incredible Edibles and Fragrant Plants in Containers

If you’re not convinced about growing in pots and containers, here’s a list of reasons why you should get started right now no matter where you live:

  • Versatile: Container gardens allow you to grow on a balcony, patio, courtyard, indoors on windowsills or rooms with adequate light, the deck of a boat, rooftop or caravan annexe.
  • More variety: You can grow plants that may not be suitable to grow in your garden soil and grow plants next to each other even though they may have different soil needs.
  • Accessibility: Growing plants in containers makes gardening accessible to almost anyone including children, those with limited mobility and the elderly.
  • No weeding: Due to the small surface area, it’s unlikely weed seeds will find their way into pots.
  • No heavy garden tools and equipment: Saves your back and money with less maintenance.
  • Mobility: Plants in pots can easily be moved to suit your needs or to a more suitable sunny or shady location during the day.
  • Change your look: Easily vary your colour scheme.  As each plant finishes flowering or fruiting, it can be replaced with another.
  • Flexibility: Rearrange plants to suit the season or your personal taste.
  • Control space invaders: Vigorous growers like mints and bamboo that are too invasive if let loose in the garden do well in containers, but will take over an in-ground garden.