Mine aren't all that unusual but I like the look of them.
Haworthia in a snail shell
Sempervivums in the top of small shell shaped bird bath
Sedums in a dog themed bird feeder pictured in front of my dog
I will use anything that will hold soil and take a drainage hole. We keep the drill ready. When it comes to large, deep containers, we add a false bottom (my favorite is a thick sheet of styrofoam from the craft store). It makes them much lighter weight and keeps them moveable. I love the freedom of movement and the ability to put out the showiest where everyone can seen them.
On a real budget - some old shopping bags sealed with mod podge (enough to last them the summer), duct-taped a plastic bag inside with a few holes through the bottom of both bags. All my plants were small, intended for containers anyway, but you can see from the photos they did work. This was my first summer (2010) trying veggies so I was pleased.
Last year I grew some 'Lil Sweet' Cantaloupe in the patio-ice-bucket containers from the dollar store. Have also used plastic wastepaper bins from Ikea with holes drilled in the bottom.
Not as pretty as all the photos above, but they have worked for growing some veggie plants :-)
Nice. I have lined vinyl or canvas bags from the Dollar Store as well. Poke holes in the bottom for drainage. They can be hung up, if desired, and the handles make them easy to move around too. I use Dollar Store styrofoam ice buckets to grow some of my mints.
Bags now a days are so colorful and creative, gives you a chance to easily and cheaply change your look. Wouldn't even need to repot - use a bag similar size - line up the drainage holes and a whole new look is born.
Gmun, Share a picture of what you plant in the Abercrombie bag - you can't go wrong with that one ; )
I enjoyed this post. My kids accuse me of thinking of everything as a potential flower pot. I love the cantaloupe planters. I am going to try that on my dark brown deck this summer. They will get the extra heat they demand and that my hibiscus enjoy.
I have drilled holes in terra cotta and some ceramic planters using a masonry bit and water. and if the ceramic planter is glazed, put a frame of masking tape around the drill site on both sides to prevent cracking. A hole here will shorten the life of your ceramic as water will infiltrate the clay and eventually break it down.
I have planted in Boo Buckets from McDonalds. They gave out a really nifty purple one one year. and the plastic jack o'lanterns you get for halloween bags. Plant a couple up with small chrysanthemums and you have a nifty halloween decoration that won't rot.
Very interesting (and thrifty) ideas. I usually lose a couple of my clay pots over the winter from freezing and thawing. Or just the fact that they absorb so much rainwater and then crack and break. So I save the pieces and use them elsewhere. I'm really fond of styrofoam ice buckets, plastic wastebaskets or carry-alls as well.
This is a kiddie swimming pool I bought for $10 on clearance at the end of the season a few years ago. Makes a great raised garden bed. :)
We have used so many different types of containers over the past few years. The 35 gallon laundry tubs on our back deck (about 24 inches deep) are this year really beginning to deteriorate. The plastic is becoming very brittle.
I think if you are a grower, you can grow in anything. However, the containers sometimes have a shorter life than the plant.
True. I'm sometimes torn between inexpensive ones that have to be replaced more often and more expensive but a longer life. This year I'm using some grow bags but have no idea what their lifespan will be.
Lat year we purchased some VERY large double walled pots, about 24 inches in diameter by almost 30 inches high. On these containers I always use a false bottom, usually a 1 inch circle of styrofoam from the craft store. They are just that much lighter to move, but still deep enough for big stuff.
What a neat thread, you all are very creative!! Last year we had a new septic system installed. After the installation, they left a (new!) piece of black plastic pipe, diameter is roughly 36", about 20" tall. It reminded my husband of one of the old tire planters, so he saved it for me. I didn't really know where I wanted to put it so it just took up space last year. This year I ripped out a bunch of ditch lillies to make way for my new rose bad and Voila! It fits right in there perfectly, and I don't have to worry about having to mow around it. Now, to figure out what should go in it... But that's the fun part. :)
That's very clever. Lots of interesting succulents in there. I use the glass shades from lamps. Turned upside down, they make nice "bowls" for planting. And conveniently have a drainage hole already in them.
There are so many great ideas here and am enjoying the creativity each of you have shared and hope you will continue to do so.
This old blue-speckled melamine bowl dates from the 1980's when it was purchased new at a flea market. My late Mother had several similar bowls, different sizes and colors, and actually picked this one out. It was my favorite bowl, just the right size to sit on the porch and string beans. Over time, a hairline crack developed in the bottom and decided last year fill it with Semps and small Sedums. There's a matching blue butterfly ornament for a bit of whimsy and a Scotch Bonnet shell from North Carolina's Outer banks.
Thanks for reminding me about this thread, Fruity. That is lovely. I have a bowl exactly like that except in the brown shades (bad shot of it from underneath since it sits up on the hanging pot rack). No crack though. I have a bowl obsession. I collected old wooden bowls for awhile. In fact I just found one in rough condition that I've taken outside for planting as soon as I drill a drainage hole.
Another shot of the old coal scuttle this year. The Semps are about to need thinning again. The old boots will be planted as soon as I can get to it - another thing awaiting drainage holes. Here are some boot ideas someone offered on another thread.
I am impressed Fruit! My folks retired to NC 23 years ago and had a beach place for about 15 of those years. All those years down there and I was the only one of my entire family to find a Scotch Bonnet on the beach! while on vacation from MA no less. I think your dish garden is beautiful. I use old ceramic mixing bowls when I can find them for not too much money at a yard sale.
I love this thread it is just too fun. What imagination everyone has. I have been told this is part of the underneath of a car. I think it is the axle? I have had it for years hence the rust coming thru. I like rusty metal things so it is right up my alley. Now the bowl part is kind of shallow so depending on what you plant determines the amount of watering needed.
That is nifty. Colanders seem to be just about perfect for container gardening. Is that an old metal stool underneath?
This is an old enamel dishpan that had rusted through on the bottom so it already had a convenient drainage hole of sorts. It fit nicely into the old bentwood chair and made a "raised planter" once I removed the damaged seat.
Too funny with the colander and the lettuce, that is a fun idea.
Oh love the chair, dang wish I would of that about that a little while back got rid of a chair.
Here is an old trike got it at a car swap meet with DH, should of seen his face when I came walking back with this old rusty trike. My DGD use to try to ride it...
Saw this on the water garden tour, this garden was so fun, this lady had this statue of a chicken and she thought it looked drunk so...she built the little building which is suppose to be a take on a mens club theme except covered the top in hens and chicks and made it the rooster club.
Second she did a whole theme about wizard of oz...she lives on the Kansas side of Kansas City...first the bike and look at the yellow bricks below, and see toto in the basket, then you followed a path and she had red heels like Dorothys, then of course the witch running into the tree, parts of a tin man, like an oil can, can't remember it all but was so much fun.
Lastly she had these last two items a watering can and a baby buggy
Last pic is the top of the rooster building...too cute
Those are fun indeed, happ. I have been looking for a old bike that's not a lot of $ and also old wheelbarrow, etc. I've seen them at many yard sales ... until I started looking for them and now can't find one anywhere. Sheesh.
Under the colander is just an inverted plastic pot. I put it up there to keep the lettuce away from the bunnies. But actually they never touch my lettuce in the ground, they just eat my flowers! But I keep it elevated just in case.
That is too funny about the lettuce vs the flowers. We use to have a zillion rabbits and then something happened and we didn't have any for years and years. Now I am seeing a few again.
I have an old old wheel barrel that I plant in. this is a 'new' old wheel barrel the other got so bad it collapsed...rofl. The tire was flat for years but when everything under it rotted I had to get another.
I have been looking for years for an old wooden ladder, I used one for a trellis up until it rotted so bad it couldnt stand up any more, but like you if I find one I can't afford it or I can't find one at all...
Here is a picture, taken in June, of a planter I have been using for a couple of years.
It is a combination of planter and wicking container.
I use a clothes hamper from Big Lots - turn it upside down - cut the bottom out, (save the bottom,) - put a plastic bag inside - place a 3/4" water pipe diagionally from top to bottom; with a water hole drilled approximately 12" from top; with a cap on bottom - fill with soil to approximately 4" from top - mix a large cup of gypsum, "Soil Sweet," - add a cup of 10/10/10 fertilizer to a knee high stocking and coil around in a pocket in the center of the top. - pull the plastic over the soil. - cut a couple of holes in the saved bottom for plants and replace the bottom. - cut holes in the plastic bag and insert plants.
I have a drip system that waters this 30 minutes a day with a 2 gallon/hour dripper in the top of the water pipe.
I should include a later picture, the planter has really filled out, you can hardly see the hamper.
Closet I come to something like that is actually 3 pot planter my Mom bought me, but it is a planter, but pretty cool if you can afford to plant it...rofl. I wait until Sams or Cosco puts out their bags of bulbs because I can afford them.
I am sure you all can come up with a way to build one out of unique things.
Well my intentions were good about sending a pic, but it didn't happen life got in my way... but will send a pic this weekend. You know sometimes I forget the some of the things I have potted up are unusual cause they have been potted like that forever...rofl. They become normal or at least as normal as I get.. ;)
I have hen and chicks in an old fashioned chicken feeder which I forgot about.
Love the little turtle he is a cutie. I just bought a little probably 1950's bird planter might be big enough for a minature african violet or something like that t t reminds me of your turtle.
A week ago I went nuts with an ecneveria and sedum order.The other websites Succulent and Cacti posters are terrible enablers
I had this sculpture and always wanted to repourpose it.I went downhill from there scrounging for anything to plant the Youngs and Avant Gardens order in.
Semp Red Lion gleaned from the garden
Wire teacups,door prize at an event
Sculpture weighs 30 pounds
All tender succs in the house
Sedum Coppertone,echeveria Elegans Blue
I love succulents in pots, they are so full of character! Nice pots ge, but I don't want any 30 pound pots...rofl. Some of my ee pots weigh enough!
I was sitting at my sisters and it dawned on me I didn't show you all the 3 tier pots. My Mom had also bought one for my sister and she has different color caladiums in hers but I used her shovel to pull them back so you could see the pots and how they are stacked.
Also here are my hens and chicks in a chicken feeder I just started them a month or so ago so they are not very full yet. I want to get some different varieties but guess I will have to wait until next year to get more.
Wow! You have problems with overwintering in zone 8? I have problems in zone 5, we have some normal hens and chicks but most of mine I bring in during the winter. If you can bring in one or two at least you will have those to start the spring with if they don't survive. Wish I could help with zone 8, wish I was in zone 8...LOL
The chicken feeder is great, happ! And complete with a rooster to boot. :)
Larkie, you should be able to grow quite a few succulents. What other kinds do you have? Some of the aloes are fairly cold hardy. And there are some smaller agaves that do very well in pots. One of my faves is Agave univittata 'Splendida'. It makes a nice compact rosette that's variegated. (I have a thing for variegated plants.) I leave mine out year around here in zone 7a. In fact, I think it originally came from Georgia.
I have not done this but saw it and I guess the bright color might actually talk me into using a tire. plus these others i love and the birds will be hanging from my pergola since i want it tropical and i think these are too cool. hope i am not breaking any rules because i have not done this yet but found them.
the last one really looks southwest clay to me.
anyone ever used a tire to make a big concrete planter form?
Thanks. My plants are all in flower pots and a couple of succulents are in these nifty black ceramic bowls. I will be searching out interesting containers at the show next week. Boston Flower Show opens on Wednesday, March 12. This is where I will be most of the week next week. Hope some of you can make it!
I want to see your shells when they're done. I told my hubby I wanted to go to Morro Bay for my birthday and go to the shell shop and then dinner at one of the seafood restaurants. So we're talking to some friends and he tells them about this and she says "Oh, I love the shell shop, last time I went in there I was talking to the guy and asking him what happened to all his REALLY expensive shells, you know the ones, they were like $1200.00 dollars. And I'm like no no now you're scaring him.
We have a lot of succulents in the local nurseries here. In fact I even sell a few at my "plant sales", I had one today and made $75.00, that will keep me in potting soil for a while.
Thank you. The bloom is Hellebore 'Pink Parachutes'. It's one thing that has made it okay over the winter - although some of the leaves are quite damaged.
I've yet to get my boots planted. They've set out there for awhile and I was thinking hens and chicks as well or some other succulent. Did you drill any holes in them for drainage or are they okay without doing that?
I wonder if I could talk my hubby out of those ancient hiking boots. I think he would more likely erect a shrine for them, LOL.
I haven't made time to start my shell planter but I'm going to drill a hole in it with my dremel tool. I have to many things on my plate and it seems like someone is always adding more.
OK Buttoneer, I'm impressed!
They are sooo cute. I am now going to have to search through my shells for appropriate "planters".
You also inspired me to finish my birthday shell garden. Here are the pics.
I have to share this with you guys too. This is one of those "mini" aloes blooming (now), at least I think it's an aloe by the bloom. The bloom is huge compared to the plant, who' da thunk!
This is one of my tufa pots that I used half an exercise ball as the mold.
I am going to plant succulants in this chandelier and of course put it over the outside dining table. When I get it done I will post but we are in the low 40's at night so I am waiting. Going to do the string of pearls, burros tail, have some string of bananas, gonna have to figure out the rest. Our city has a put out by the curb "free" day. So people just stick stuff out there and you can just pick them up. That is how I got the chandelier. I have another chandelier under the pergula and it has solar lights in it. I have seen them at garage sales and
First pic is from the top view, I imagine when we are sitting at the table we will see the next pic which is the bottom view. It is not hanging so I just turned it upside down in the chair.
I've got so many projects going now. I bought some canvas boxes on sale from Dick Blick Art Supplies and I'm decorating them. I'm working on some cement fountains, I say some because this last one didn't come out just right so I'm rethinking and starting over. And I'm also working with my laminator and making butterfly jewelry. I'm selling some of this stuff at a craft boutique next Saturday.
I was just remembering a vegetable garden we had years ago in the tiny enclosed yard/patio of a town house we were renting. In addition to in-ground plants we wanted some containers.
My husband spotted some really cool-looking round tubs one day on his way home. They were made from wooden slats with rubber bottoms and were stacked next to the trash of a small factory. They were a perfect size so he asked if he could have them. Apparently they were shipping containers for nuts & bolts (with the tops removed) and once they were empty they were thrown away.
We couldn't believe our luck. They were beautiful...they looked like small whiskey barrels. We got about ten of them. They were absolutely free and all we had to do was drill some holes in the bottoms.
Nowadays they use plain corrugated cardboard boxes to ship nuts and bolts, but it was a great find.
Don't mind at all. Glad you stopped in, nutsaboutnature.
Those tubs sound like a great find. I love it when that happens. I used to buy a lot of half whiskey barrels for containers. They make neat planters for so many things. I got a chuckle thinking about all the holes we've drilled in whiskey barrels over the years. ♥
I was just looking at photos and noticed how much the old coal scuttle at the top of this thread has filled in. This year it is full. Time to pull some more and plant elsewhere.
Wow, weeding, the flowers in your wagon planter are beautiful!
I bought a Radio Flyer wagon at a garage sale for $15.00...the kind with the wooden stake sides added. My husband repainted it and ordered new hub caps from the RF company. All four hub caps cost about $2.50. Then he made a wooden slat insert for the bottom. It's too pretty now to plant in so I'm going to use it for a garden wagon.
I have a couple of new plantings. One is not too unusual, it is a bird nest fern in an old bird cage I got at a car swap meet, you just never know what you will find when. Second is a toy metal truck, not sure I am going to leave airplane plants in the back but that is what I had a the time. I didn't want to ruin the toy so I found a plastic container the right size and cut it to fit. Taking suggestions on what to plant in the truck...LOL
Why not buy tiny starter plants and switch them regularly to suit your mood instead of planting right in the truck. If the pots are too tall & show, you can wrap a piece of burlap or other material around the pot, or look for a tiny basket to set them in. Then it will just look like the truck has some "cargo".
Love your Container Pot ideas Tapla (Al). ---- Also love the shoe containers that others came up with :]
Since any pots or items put outdoors in this area will dry-rot and crack apart within 8 months, I started to spray the outsides of all pots and items with a clear acrylic spray real good, just to slow down the dry-rotting process because of the sun.
Happ, outdoor clear acrylic spray seems to help things from cracking, chipping, rusting or drying out. Well at least will help them last longer than usual. --- I'll spray the plastic pots, metal items and anything that was painted. --- May need to respray with the acrylic spray once a year. -- Got my spray at Michael's Craft store.
It's a smelly job when doing it, so best done outdoors on a non windy, non humid day.
I would lose all my plastic pots every single year, they would crack apart so easily. Then I got fed-up and decided to spray them, at least with three coats.
I would even spray my rope or string I used to hang some things outdoors, so the string won't dry-rot so fast.
Cville, it is my 13 year old cat, he is a Maine Coon. Name is Pudgy, got him from the horse farm I worked at. He almost got stepped-on by horses twice when he was only 4 weeks old. So I decided to take him from there.
He has an issue with scratching his forehead above his eyes & under his chin too often. --- Not sure if it's an allergy or dust mites. --- Just got a Hydrocortisone spray and been rubbing it on those areas. --- I'm feeding him quality canned food these days.
--- He is so hilarious, and gets these 'high energy bursts' and runs around or shakes his head back & forth when playing with a toy. Did not know a cat his age could run so fast, LOL !
Is that your gorgeous, fit, gray tabby cat in the photo?
That is our Little G. Unfortunately, he ran off during a thunder storm about 3 weeks ago. We are still hoping and praying for his return. Best cat we ever had. We have a huge hole in our hearts without him.
Cville, I am so sorry!!! He's ok I promise ya. He is probably chasing birds and playing lots.
I have about 4 cats that roam passed my home. I started contacting people (for about 4 months now) who were looking for their lost pets, whos cats looked like the ones I see outside. I am determined to get those owners reunited with their kitties.
Like one of the cat owners told me, cats are resilient & very smart, they learn to survive well in their outdoor surroundings very well.
I just had an idea. I don't have a lawn, being out in the country and all. Wouldn't it be nice to have a garden "bed" with grass to lie down on? I could do it in a raised bed to keep the gophers out. What a nice place to lie down and look at the stars at night!
OOOOooo Star Gazing, I love that! --- Star gazing rocks, it really does :]
I hope you get to do that one night Domehomedee :]
Cville, Well maybe after he gets used to loud noise & finds it does not hurt him, he will eventually roam back to your area and yard :]
-- Hugs to you, and don't forget to put plenty of flyers out in your area, with a good photo(s) at (post offices, pet-shops, little grocery stores, etc, etc).
I need to make a list of all my "ideas", some of them would be fun to do. My husband even liked the "bed" idea. Of course I went online and found some pics of grass beds people had made before me. I could probablyl find a good headboard on Craig's list.
My son used my abandoned 22" Weber barbeque for a salsa herb garden. but what I'm working on now is my cinder block herb and flower garden. You see, the back prooerty dog liked to dig in the hill leading up to my property under mining the fence. The only way to stop it was something that would hurt the dogs nose if it fell on it. there only ended up one block in their yard. so it worked. originally my wife covered them with pavers. But I didnt't like the vermin housing they provided. so after seeing a few spiders and having the need... the pavers went to use as, er, um... pavers. so this left me about 111 each of 8.5"x6.5"x6.5" plant able holes. I planted them in the spring and had a pretty edging along the fence. However, this past summers servere heat killed most of the flowers. I can't afford to water every day, but in 100 plus heat for over a week straight did the job. Now I have a drip system installed that i can afford. so I have 17 holes with herbs and sowed about 25 more this evening and I'll do that every night till the holes are full. It's an added benefit to be in zone 10B because we have 2 full planting seasons seperated by a harsh heat period... no frost, well maybe 2 nights a year but it's light. for more info on my planting you can check my blog entries.
25 gl Molasses Tubs, designed to grow plants thru 8 vertical sidewall holes, and anywhere from 2 - 8 plants in the top. Each tub has a 7 gl. water reservoir built into the bottom with 4 ea. 5/8" Polyester wicks. The fill tube is a 3/4" PVC pipe with a capped top, so Mosquitos can't breed in the reservoir. The reservoir top is made from 10mm PVC Coroplast and supported by a Egg Crate made from the same material.
5 gl SIP bucket with 4 vertical sidewall holes, 1 Polyester wick, and the same type of fill tube, this bucket can grow from 5 - 7 plants, and has a 1.5 gl water reservoir.
The 3 rd picture is a 5 gl Float Valve control bucket, with 1/2" drip fittings, so either of the 2 types of SIP planters to have their water reservoirs filled with water 24/7/365 by either water hose or gravity flow from a rain barrel.
I use the large buckets from the hardware store and drill big holes in the bottom and then plant my tomatoes and "other" plants in them out in the greenhouse in spring for an exceptional summer crop. This way they can root through the bucket if they need to but it discourages the gophers from completely killing the plants. We also use cinder blocks for raised vege beds. That way we can put aviary wire underneath to keep the varments out. The gophers are a constant battle so I plant a lot in containers. Anything that will hold soil, LOL.
These work for you. I remember when the gopher "thumper" came out. It was this electronic thing that you stuck in the ground and it supposedly kept the gophers away. I started calling it the "gopher dinner bell". Want something removed? Just put the gopher dinner bell next to it!
You know these could be a good addition to the cat repellant sticks. One year I had a cat that was "going" in my flower garden so I put out sticks between the plants to discourage him. It worked good but everyone asked "what are the sticks for?" Spinners would stop all the questions, LOL.
Here's what I do. Buy about 20 of them for 5 acres.
Start around the house and stick them close together 10-15' apart and start moving them out further every few weeks.
Once they move further, you move further.
Watch your neighbors yard and you will see the results.
Been using these for years. also the small metal windmills can be adapted to work. you just need to drill out the hole for the windmill blades to spin. The more louder the vibrations the further they travel underground.
I'm going to have to see what I can find in "spinners". There was a big mound of dirt IN my hoophouse today. Honestly if that gopher eats my 4 year old papaya I'm going to offer a reward for his carcass. I'm hoping for fruit this year and I've waited a long time.
Styrofoam plates - Years ago I decided to move & split up a generic hosta. I replanted some sections, but didn't have time to plant them all, I set some on Styrofoam plates in a shady spot & forgot about them. They survived about 10 Minnesota winters there in the shade with plenty of snow cover. Then I moved to an apartment & brought one of them to live on my balcony. I planted it in a 2 gal pot. It survived one winter on the balcony, but not the 2nd. I was just not able to give it enough cover & protection on the balcony.
It's an account of how I managed to do the white tire. It is very difficult. The tire must be turned inside out.
I used both a razor (box) knife and a kitchen shears for the cutting before the tire was turned. The paint was a combination of diluted interior paint and spray paint.
When you get into the article, click on the YouTube link. They make it look easy, but it is difficult to turn the tire inside out because the tire is fashioned to be one way, and then you are forcing it to do the opposite. If you have any teenagers or college kids around to help, that would be a plus.
I have such trouble with gophers in my yard that I'm always looking for "cheap" large planters. We plant in used oak wine barrels here in California, but they do deteriorate after a few years. I'm thinking these would last longer. I may have to try to make one and see if they are too difficult for me. I have no doubt they would be popular here if I wanted to sell them.
Domehomedee wrote:We plant in used oak wine barrels here in California, but they do deteriorate after a few years.
Have you tried painting the interior with a Asphalt base coating. I've used regular Driveway coating to seal a wood containers. Then install a SIP container insert into the bottom and everything is fine.
I usually seal them with like Thompsons water seal, asphalt sealer would be cheaper and is a good suggestion. I find the best way to keep them good for the longest is to get them off the ground. Sometimes I use a small tree ring to set them on. The termites are the problem, as no matter what you set them on the gophers push the dirt up against the barrel eventually. I think the trick is not to care if you have plastic pots in your landscaping, LOL.
It's all where you live . . . I can get them for $20 here. It's a great deal for a planter over 2' wide and 2' deep. I have several in my landscaping, it's a great way to get those shorter flowering plants up were you can see them. I just planted some bulbs in one and then planted some at the base, should be pretty in bloom. Also good for fairy gardens, gets them up were you can see them and the kids can play in there too.
Thanks. I have about 6-7 toasters that I picked up at yard sales or were donated by friends. Stainless steel teapots too. This season I'll take more pics and post them. I've also used box graters.
There are some great ideas in this thread!