Creative Container Gardening

container gardening muffin tins tackle box

container gardening muffin tins tackle box

Thumbs a little green? If you’re lacking experience in the garden, it’s best to start small. Containers are a great way to get your hands dirty as you experiment with gardening, and can offer a lot of bang for your blooming bucks, especially if your outdoor space isn’t sprawling.

Re-purposing unexpected containers adds personality without dinging the green in your wallet. Scour your home for unused vessels, check out garage sales or shop thrift stores for creative options. We’ve rounded up a few that  make an impact (just in case your garden doesn’t grow).

Above, vintage muffin tins are a beautiful contrast with fresh green moss, while a metal tackle box is a perfect home for low-maintenance succulents. Just remember to drill holes in the bottom for drainage.

container gardening shoe holder tires

For apartment dwellers with a small-space balcony, maximize your space by planting up. Using walls ensures you have plenty of room for outdoor furniture and other summer essentials. Here a shoe organizer is put to use as a vegetable garden. Each pocket holds a different lettuce or herb – a smart way to grow a variety of edibles.

If you’re just looking for creative containers you won’t see elsewhere in your neighbourhood, don’t miss this DIY project which re-purposes old tires as planters. It’s green in more ways than one!

Vintage Muffin Tin Planter from Country Living
+ Tackle Box Planter by The Potted Store
+ DIY Recycled Tire Garden Planters from Studio G
+ DIY Vertical Vegetables from Instructables

  • bianca of terri planty
    May 6, 2011 at 03:11

    i always love succulents jammed packed into an old tool box. it never fails to make me smile.

  • JIll V. / TerraSavvy
    May 9, 2011 at 20:40

    I am going to be doing a lot of vertical gardening and small containers this year with having to keep after Claire who is now one and very mobile.

    I also did a post dedicated to Vertical Gardening http://ow.ly/4QPma and now this completes my research here.



  • Flora
    December 9, 2011 at 05:04

    I’ve planted once some parsley inside an old Italian caffettiera 🙂