You know from previous posts that I am someone who loves to use unusual containers for my patio garden. It's not that I don't have plenty of traditional garden pots, I do. But I LOVE to scour the thrift shops in search of vessels for my veggies.
Obviously, there are green benefits to reusing and recycling materials to create planters. But it is also a great way to push your creative limits and to create lists and lists of container gardening ideas. Roaming the isles of the second-hand store is much more thought provoking than staring at endless rows of multi-colored plastic pots. Not to mention, it saves a TON of money.
Yesterday, I raided the local GoodWill for anything and everything that could be pressed into use. I have a good-sized, raised deck and a brick patio area that I'd like to put into use this year. I found all kinds of goodies...but I did draw the line at disassembling a printer for container use. I just wasn't sure I could do it without hurting myself.
Here are a few of the things I did buy:
- 5 gallon bucket with handle and spout
- Bright blue beach pail
- Metal filing box
- Decorative red, plastic coated metal hand basket
- 2 children's step stools
- A wooden trash can
- A polka-dotted waterproof bag (going to grow potatoes in a bag again)
- A bunch of other junk
I completely filled my cart with goodies and my total cost was about $22. I mean, where else would you get all of those containers for that price? Nowhere, man, nowhere. Plus, I had a couple of lovely ladies ask me what I was going to do with all of those containers. When I told them I was going to use them for gardening, they were so excited! We ended up having quite a lovely chat.
This weekend, I will sort and clean my finds and see where and how I might start pressing them into use. I'm thinking of painting some of them...and I have some creative display ideas, too! Stay tuned to see how I will make this all happen, without making my yard look like the isles of the GoodWill.
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