Creative Container Gardening Ideas – Grit

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Old or disused bikes are perfect garden containers.

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Small containers can be easily moved and rearranged in the garden, so you can change the landscape at any time.

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Give a second life to your broken coffee maker in the garden.

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Old dressing drawings become excellent mini garden beds.

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Search the attic, garage, or stables to find old items that may find new use in the garden.

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Old tires give the garden a rustic charm.

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Consider using an old birdcage as a whimsical hanging planter.

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You can be as creative as you want when it comes to container gardening.

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Flea markets and garage sales are great places to find the right storage for your favorite plants.

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Broken pottery can give your garden texture and intrigue.

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Visual excitement and practicality make container gardening a great choice, whether you’re putting them in containers alone or strategically placing them in areas where “wow” injection is needed. Whichever direction you choose, keep in mind that individual containers, whether in a suburban yard or on plots on a farmhouse or ranch, can have a captivating and sometimes humorous effect.

Inspiration is just a walk away. Take a walk around the place with fresh eyes. Take a look at the toolbox behind the cobwebs to see what’s lurking there, and don’t forget the back of the garage, where most of us store things that seem to no longer be of much use. The attic can also be a rich source for individual planters.

Almost anything can be used for a container these days: a big old tire, worn boots, chimney smoke, old dresser drawers, one of your kids’s rusty bikes with two rubbed tires waiting for years in the dump. Don’t forget that empty birdcage. They all make great containers. Just make sure the battery is not made of toxic material or has not been treated with it.

Opening up to new opportunities is what makes gardening fun. Engage in treasure hunts at flea markets and garage sales with that in mind. You are sure to find something to buy. The real excitement begins when you rush home to decide what planting and space you’ll get for your new, old items. Do not pass on that old screw washing machine, popcorn maker, well-used wooden toolbox, broken coffee maker or large pieces of broken utensils.

The wheelbarrows that survive their carrier lives make charming containers. You can plant them with everything from vegetables to succulents. Try to create a scene with a life-size straw man pushing his wheelbarrow to a new location in the garden.

Container gardening is particularly well-suited for small spaces such as decks, stairs, stairs and ledges. You can easily reach the height and depth by placing the containers on stepped blocks. An easy way to dial exactly the colors you want for coordination or contrast is to pull out the brush and give new life to a long-neglected object.

A number of practical considerations make container gardening a great choice for busy conservationists. This gardening style requires much less soil than beds, and the containers are tidy and easy to handle. With the onset of cold weather, containers can be easily taken indoors, in a shed or in a greenhouse, thus expanding the range of plants that can be played. Weeding is child’s play and much less water is needed to maintain closed plantations than to plant it in the ground.

Finally, gardening is a pleasure. Bringing unique containers into your space is a pleasure and puts a smile on your face every time you walk through the unique creation.

Connected: From fertilization to pruning and more, learn how to care for your container garden.


Jerry Pavia regularly contributes to GRIT by sharing his love for garden photography.

Posted: April 10, 2018

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