Make Garden Containers From Cast-Offs
Upcycle old tin cans into stylish containers for grasses and summer flowers and get ideas for other "free" planting pots.
From: DK Books - How to Grow
When to Start: Spring
At Their Best: Summer to early fall
Time to Complete: 30 minutes
- old tin cans
- screwdriver with metal drill bit
- broken clay pot or plastic pieces
- multi-purpose potting soil
- Brachyscome, lilac
- calibrachoa 'Million Bells Purple'
- fescue 'Elijah Blue'
- fescue 'Golden Toupee'
Drill Drainage Holes
Soak off the labels from the cans in hot soapy water. Wearing heavy gloves, drill a few drainage holes in the bottom of each can.
Firm Plants in Well
Add pieces of clay pot to the bottom of the cans and plant up the grasses and flowers, leaving a 1-inch gap between the surface of the soil and the rim. Water well.
More Recycling Ideas
You'll find more ideas for containers made from recycled materials at national flower shows and open gardens in your area, while thriftshops and tag sales offer good sources of planters, such as old handbags and bread bins.
Large plant pots can be expensive but you can get one for nothing at your local recycling center. Old oil drums are perfect for trees or large shrubs, while worn tires can be used singly and filled with turf to make stepping stones or piled on top of each other to create taller containers. Old wheelbarrows make excellent containers for summer bedding, such as marigolds. Drill holes in the bottom of the barrow to provide drainage.