Container gardening can be a great way to have the garden you always wanted even if you don’t have the perfect yard for it. Thousands of people of across the country have taken to container gardening as spectacular way to fit as much produce as they can in tiny, tiny spaces. (Trust me I have container garden envy)
Finding creative ways to grow your fruits and veggies is half the fun of gardening in challenging places! Whether you live in the middle of a big city or are just not lucky enough t have good soil, growing your garden of Eden in pots, shoes, and whatever else you can find will sure soothe that green thumb of yours.
You only grow things in pots, right? WRONG
Just because pots are the usual containers used in these types of gardens, doesn’t mean you can’t get a little creative. Why not look around your house and find something that you can repurpose for your container garden.
Over the weekend, the kids and I got together our materials to set up our garden. You want to know how much we spent? Absolutely nothing! Yep, ZILCH! We poked our noses around our house to try and find tings that would work for our yummy little greens.
For our garden, we repurposed recycling containers. We’ve had four recycling containers that we kind of inherited over the years. That happened to work perfectly for the tomatoes and potatoes that we wanted to plant. We just had to get them ready so our planting fun could begin.
First thing we did, was wash them out. Make sure their aren’t any insects or residue in your container. That makes for unhappy veggies!
Next, we grabbed some landscaping fabric that we had left over from another gardening project and laid it on the bottom. This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but the recycling bins usually have quarter sized holes in the bottom, and you don’t want the soil to escape over time. This fabric contains the soil, but still lets all the water have a place to drain. (It drains slowly so the plants still get the water they need)
Once you get the landscaping fabric laid down, it’s time for dirt. We used left over manure and top soil from last year’s garden, and then we were blessed to have 4 bags of compost left by the previous owners as well.
Now we are all ready to plant! In addition to our tomatoes and potatoes we are planting more fresh herbs out there. You can’t beat herbs fresh from the garden!
So, look around your house and get creative! What could you repurpose to start your container garden? Here’s just list of a few ideas to get you started!
- Over the door shoe racks
- 2 liter soda bottles cut in half
- Egg cartons (great for starting seedlings)
- Milk crates (just make sure to wrap inside in landscaping fabric)
- Old plastic totes (make sure to drill holes in the bottom)
- Old plastic food storage containers
- Food pails
- Ice cream buckets
Do you love to repurpose? You might enjoy making a Repurposed Fire Pit!
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