Frugal Planter Ideas

Find creative, inexpensive ways to plant your garden flowers and vegetables. This guide contains frugal planter ideas.

May 12, 2009 Flag
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When the city converted to robot trash and recycle pick-up, I had five extra 32 gallon Rubbermaid trash cans. I have limited space for gardening, so I cut the bottom half of the trash cans off, drilled three holes (about 3/4 inch) on the bottom of the sides for drainage. I am now growing veggies in the large containers I created.

Now I have five top halves left over. Two of them I have started two compost piles (with lids) at the back of my yard. I turn the compost by simply picking up the plastic trash can upper, setting it down next to the pile, and forking the compost into it. I can turn the pile regularly with ease.


If you want to dress them up, you or your artistic kids (or grand-kids) can use some of that new Krylon spray paint that sticks to plastic. Perhaps camouflage them to blend in with the background. Use your imagination.

By Cebtoo from San Antonio, TX

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March 3, 2005 Flag
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Ideas for inexpensive planters. Post your ideas.

March 17, 20050 found this helpful

What about egg cartains for starting seeds? Cottage cheese or yogurt containers would also work. Poke a hole in the bottom and use the top as a saucer. Coffee cans are also great. My mother saves the bags she gets from the dry cleaners and uses them to cover plants when she goes away. The plastic bags can keep the plants moist for a couple of weeks, so why not use them for starting seeds? I used to use plastic gallon jugs as a cloche for tomato plants when first planting them outside in the ground. It kept them warm while hardening them off so that they could adjust to the outside climate. It also helped the plants retain moisture.

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March 19, 20050 found this helpful

If you just want something to plant things in use old food containers such as yogurt cups, empty cans, butter bowls, mayo jars, and any other empty container that comes from your kitchen.

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July 23, 20050 found this helpful

I make planters from old children's blue jean overalls. I hang them up on my patio. They are really cute and easy to make.

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May 20, 20080 found this helpful

I took a old wicker laundry basket I had, and spray painted it white, filled it with the coconut grass (to keep the dirt inside) filled it with some good dirt and planted flowers in it. My new planter looks great on my door step.

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May 14, 2011 Flag
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With what did you cut your Rubbermaid trash cans? I have tried various things and nothing works.

By Audrey M

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May 14, 20110 found this helpful

I have used a very large bread knife with big saw-teeth. I would mark real well first and cut to inside of line in case ink doesn't come out.Go slow I found it very easy to start but hard to keep cut straight.I got bread knife for dollar at garage sale. I saw one that someone had used leather punch and laced around top edge to spruce up and add touch of house color by front door. Good luck.

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