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.
Even if your space isn’t tiny, container gardening is great for areas, like where I live, that have really poor soil. Rather than spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars tilling nutrient rich compost into the soil, you can make your container soil exactly what your garden needs from the get go.
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! Repurposing items you already have not only saves money, but it also keeps items out of the landfills.
For our garden, we repurposed recycling containers. When we moved into our home we inherited 4 recycling bins that are no longer used by the recycling service that we have. They are the perfect size because I can put several different types of plants in one container, or I can spread plants out that need a little more room.
First thing we did with our recycling containers was wash them out. Make sure their aren’t any insects or residue in your container. That makes for unhappy veggies!
After washing it, we used landscaping fabric that we had left over from another yard 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 allows for drainage.
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! This year we are going to shoot for a blueberry bush, strawberries, onions, garlic, and hopefully a lettuce bin. This is in addition to the the fragrant herbs that grace my patio.
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
What did you find in your house that you can repurpose?
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