I have been on the search for unsual containers for my patio garden. There are a couple of reasons why I am not just hot footing it over to the local big box store and buying up all of their 1 and 5 gallon pots. The first reason is one of necessity...it is expensive! I tend to buy larger pots because they don't dry out as quickly. But they can run upwards of $30 per pot, and that's just outside of my budget.
There are a few ways I've addressed that this year. One is by perusing several of my local GoodWill thrift stores. They have lots of different containers that can be pressed into use. This saves me a fortune and gives my patio a quirky, fun appearance.
Recently, I purchased a couple of tubs that were of perfect size, but had zero drainage. And, as we all know, zero drainage = plant soup. But the size of these containers were perfect for my need, and the cost of purchasing both was around $7. So, I grabbed up my goodies and headed home in search of my Dremel.
Now, if you don't know what a Dremel is, you should. It is a small rotary drill that is indespensible for home and garden projects. If you are adverse to power tools, this is the thing for you. In addition to the standard drill bits, you can purchase a sharpening kit that does a dandy job of sharpening your gardening tools. (FYI, I am not sponsored by Dremel or GoodWill, but I whole-heartedly support both!) I have an older version of the Dremel rotary tool...here's what it looks like:
As you can see, I have a drill bit on this one. And that's exactly what you will need to add drainage holes to your containers. Choose a drill bit that has a sharp point on the end, or you could be drilling for hours and not break through the bottom, particularly if it's a metal container. Then, just flip your containers over and drill 5 or so holes in the bottom.
A couple of things to keep in mind:
- When drilling through plastic, bits of the stuff tends to wind its way around the drill. Be sure to take that off right away, in case it impedes the drill bit from moving.
- When you are drilling through metal, remember that this is a small drill and it would be easy to burn out the motor if you aren't careful. I had no problem putting holes in the brushed tin tub I bought, but anything thicker would probably be better with a more powerful drill.
- Finally, if you use the drill on a couple of containers, the bit gets very hot (don't ask how I know that) and you can burn yourself.
- It's a good idea to wear gloves, long sleeves, and eye protection when drilling.
Here's the final result: