Think Outside the Pot

Unusual container gardening ideas

Think Outside the PotSometimes the best planter is already meant to be a planter but is in a fun theme like this bicycle I found at a flea market. It's small, and only holds a 4" or 5" pot.

Think Outside the PotI put rocks in the bottom of this pitcher for drainage and used a moisture loving coleus as the focal point. I moved it under cover when we were getting a lot of rain. You could also just drill some drainage holes in the bottom so you don't have to remember to move it all the time.

Think Outside the PotTerrariums were real popular in the 60s and 70s, but there is no reason why you can't plant one today. Simply place some stones in the bottom of the planter for drainage, add the appropriate potting soil for the plants you are growing. Add plants as you would any container and then add some decorative stones or shelves on top of the soil. Water well and then mist the plants as needed. You won't need to water a terrarium as much as a regular planter.

I love old stoves. The one on the right was my step-father's before he passed away. I'm sure it had been in the family for years. When my mother decided to move into an apartment, I had to a have it for my junky garden. To plant, simply add potting soil to the entire stove cavity, water well and allow to sit for several days, watering each day. Add more soil as needed, watering after each addition until the soil stops settling. Add your plants and keep them watered well, as needed. You can also just sit a pot on top of the stove if you don't want to fill the stove cavity with soil.

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The stove on the left was recently acquired at a flea market. I believe it was once used for coal. I packed the stove well with soil, allowed it to settle after watering and kept adding soil until it stopped settling before planting it.

Gary grew up on a dairy farm, so we have a good supply of milk cans and pails around the house.

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These milk pails and cans are perfect to plant in because they hold an 8" nursery pot perfectly. You can change the pots out for the season or even monthly depending on your mood. Heck, you can change them out every week if you are so inclined.

Think Outside the PotThere is actually a kitty litter pail inside this planter that Gary made. We made it to match the new shed.

If you don't have kitty litter pails, you can make one to fit a five gallon bucket that is large enough to grow tomatoes or a dwarf shrub.

The heart shaped basket was lined with a store bought liner designed for hanging wire baskets and the urn was lined with sphagnum moss, but I've since lined them with burlap, which I think looks even better.

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