Easy Container Gardening: 7 Containers You Never Thought Of

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Container gardening is growing in popularity, and not just for those with small gardens or living in apartments and condos. Creating a creative container garden that has character and personality isn’t as easy though. Here are seven great ideas for creative gardening, using containers you never thought of! (But wish you had!)

  • Use a hollowed out log or stump.
  • Metal industrial pipe can make great modern containers.
  • Old rusted tool boxes are a natural.
  • Recycled tires? No, not crazy!
  • Old free wooden pallets!
  • Concrete cinder blocks.
  • And finally, a burlap shoe caddy!

You can be creative with your container gardens, without being tacky. Recycling and up-cycling are the new buzz words in any garden, so take advantage of what you have around you, and look at it in new ways.

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  1. Dionne Kempenich says:

    I live in Asheville NC and would love to have a succulent garden with hens and chicks that I can leave out all winter even if it snows. Besides the hens and chicks, can you suggest others? I love getting my blog from glove.

    Thank You.

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      Sedum “Angelina” is our favorite hardy succulent, but your best bet is to visit your local nursery to find out what works best and is available in your area.

    • I live in Ma and have hens and chicks planted in my yard which stay out all winter. I was surprised the first year to see they survived thru the cold winter. I don’t cover them at all. Have had them for at least 5 years

    • I lived in Cary, NC and grew chicks & hens. As long as you have well draining soil and keep watering even through the winter, every few weeks. I put a layer of fine to medium mulch surrounding but not totally covering them and didn’t worry about them. If they get damaged by frost, they do recover & any bare spots can be filled by removing dead plants & putting a chick in the spot

  2. Oh, these are wonderful ideas! I love the succulents in the tool box! Sharing!

  3. The toolbox would be the neatest idea for a Father’s Day gift!! I think I need to go to some thrift stores ASAP!

  4. I wonder how strawberries would do in a pallet garden set vertically? Do they have deep roots?

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      They do not…I have seen strawberries in one of the pallet gardens, and they seemed to thrive!

    • Vivian P. says:

      Be careful of pallet with vegs…make sure they have not been chemically treated…the chemicals can leech into your food…

      • FYI – all pallets are treated. I would think a good coat of paint on the interior soil contact areas will prevent migration

        • Kathy Woodard says:

          Hi Laurie! Does anyone have an opinion on this? I was told you could find untreated pallets… I agree though, it seems paint would seal it in… Comments readers?

        • You can get untreated pallets but they are expensive (around $100) but worth it if you’re growing edibles.

    • Strawberries grow great in the “Topsy Tervy” Tomato planters.

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  6. Linda Shumate says:

    all of these ideas are great and I can’t wait to utilize them, so I have one question? In order to keep the dirt from washing away from the bottom of the containers, such as the old tires for instance? What is placed at the bottom to hold the soil and roots?

    Thanks, can’t wait to start planting.

    • Try a good layer of small rocks about 1-2″ in diameter mixed in with some larger to take up space. Fo this for about 3″ deep should be good to go.

    • Maybe a large heavy duty garbage bag opened up inside. Poke some holes in the bottom for drainage. Layer in the bottom a few inches of larger (2-3″) gravel, then several inches of pea gravel on that, then your soil. Just a thought.

  7. Sorry bout the last sentence. Should be Do this for 3″…

  8. What’s your take on vegetables garden in the tires. I think that might be hazardous. The point of having a garden would be to keep it as organic as possible. So I’m a bit concerned. Any ideas on this?

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      It’s not something we would do actually… I agree, I wouldn’t want to eat food grown in one!

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