Container gardens are so much fun, because the possibilities are endless, and the entire family can participate. You don't have to commit a lot of time to plant: Create one new potted plant each day until your garden is complete! Just about anything that will hold soil can be used. Grown-ups: It's your job to drill a few drainage holes into containers that don't already have them. Here are a few neat ideas to get you started:
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Plastic sandpails, on clearance soon, are great. Drill holes, and use a frisbee as a saucer!
I agree with Deborah that anything can be used to hold plants as long as it will hold potting mix and has good drainage. If you live in a small town/country area the rubbish tip is a good place to go for inspiration! Don't just look for the traditional pot or planter shape - think tall and thin, (a chimney pot with the bottom filled with gravel), wide and shallow, a metal roasting/baking dish or build a container with a couple of dozen old recycled bricks or a sink - good for succulents. Varying shapes and heights add visual interest. Look at every container with the thought - maybe I can do something with that - add paint or mosaic with old broken crockery, etc. The rubbish tip is a goldmine of ideas.
My girlfriend placed a straw bale inside her kid's old metal wagon. She watered it, punched a few holes in the sides and top, added soil to the holes and a flower annual and had a unique planter for her yard. The wet straw bale held the water/moisture for a long time and soon the wagon was full of blooms. She had a lot of positive comments on the wagon that summer she said.
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