Kid Stuff—Recycled Planting Containers

It’s fun to see how many types of containers can be used for planting.  Just look around your home and you’ll get some great ideas.  In the pictures above we used cans, baskets, plastic buckets, a clam shell and even other plants (pumpkins)!  Other things I’ve noticed:  old boots, wheelbarrows, stones and bricks, tree stumps or pieces of driftwood, wooden crates, teapots, etc…. Just use your imagination and suddenly everywhere you look planting containers start to materialize.  In my toothbrush holder I could put some ivy, in that wooden doll chair I might plant oregano and how about a Japanese Maple in the old bathtub?  It would be a fun scavenger hunt to let the kids discover some new and unusual planting containers for themselves.  Just keep in mind the size and shape of the plants to be used.  A petunia wouldn’t be happy in a tuna can, but maybe a tiny groundcover would flourish.  Add some drainage holes and enjoy your inexpensive and innovative planting pots!

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