Garden Planters – Creating Something Fun, Funky and Eclectic
Gardening doesn’t have to be an expensive hobby. While you can spend thousands of dollars on beautiful flowers, exotic planters and the finest tools and accessories, it is possible to see great results on a shoestring budget. All it takes is a little creativity, and one of the best places to get creative is by selecting unique planters.
Some of the best pots and planters are not items you will find in a local gardening store. Repurposed items from your local recycling center or around your house are excellent finds. Transforming these items into planters not only saves you money and provides you with a garden that is different from the rest; it also keeps unwanted items out of landfills and is kind to our planet. If you are short on items after searching your house and recycle bin, shopping at the dollar store is another way to find interesting display pieces without spending a lot.
Where to Search for Garden Planters
Start your search for funky, fun planters in your kitchen. There are many items that can be repurposed and used as homes for your green friends including old gravy boats, muffin tins, baking pans, teapots and teacups. If your items are slightly chipped or have a bit of rust or wear, it only adds character and makes for a more unique piece.
When you are done in the kitchen, move to the bedroom to find even more items to repurpose as out of the norm planters. An old pair of boots, shoes or a purse, an antique dresser drawer or side table with drawers pulled open, hollowed out books or even empty makeup containers are a few fun examples.
Your garage also offers endless opportunities for getting creative when building your container garden. Old tires painted in bright colors, left over cinderblocks from last summer’s project or long abandoned toys like roller skates, wagons and sand pails can easily be modified to create great spaces for plants that double as artistic masterpieces on your deck or porch.
Modifying Repurposed Items
So, it is now evident that choosing a planter is a chore that is really only limited by your imagination. Just about anything is easily transformed into a home for your bushes and blooms, but there are a few things to remember before placing your tiny plants inside the containers. First, size is important. Pair your plants with containers that fit them and allow room for growth. Check the maximum size of your plants to help you in making your selections. If you absolutely must use a specific planter that is really too small for the plant you want to place inside, you can start your seedling there and transfer it as it grows. This does create extra work though, and you might have to transplant quickly if the plant is fast to grow.
Second, all plants need water, and adding water to a planter means you must allow for drainage. Unless you are using something like a colander, you’re going to need to add holes to the bottom so water has a place to escape. Failing to do this can result in plants that are overwatered and open up the floodgates for problems such as root rot, plants that cannot absorb nutrients correctly or the growth of algae or fungi in your soil.
Of equal importance to consider is, some items might contain substances that are harmful or toxic to plants. Wash all containers thoroughly before planting anything inside, and when in doubt, put your plants in a small, store bought plastic container and place it inside the item you want to display. This will give you the visual impact you are after without risking the health of your precious plants.
Using repurposed items as planters involves placing them correctly and not overdoing it. Too many old boots or empty soda bottles on your front porch can make it look like the local salvage yard instead of an artistic masterpiece, even if you paint everything a pretty color and are careful to pair the right plant with the right pot. Consider mixing unusual items with traditional planters to achieve the right effect, or group items together and tier them as a display on shelves or pallets. It’s also a good idea to mix sizes appropriately and create groups of small, medium and large potters in each spot to create cohesion. When in doubt, start small, and add more items as you see a need for them to get the visual effect you are after.