Hey y’all! I have had lots of veggie transplants sitting around for a week or so…I am admittedly a bit of a procrastinator. They were starting to look a little rough so I figured it was time to get them planted. Most of my plants were going in my raised bed, but these specific plants were going in my Container Garden.
One of the main reasons that we homestead is because we want to limit our dependency on stores. We also like to save as much money as possible. In order to achieve independence and save money, I needed to find items that I already had at home to use as planting containers.
I had an ah-ha moment when I went to throw out a milk jug and a quick oat carton one morning. Why not use these as planters instead of throwing them in the dump? Later that afternoon I found an old water trough with holes in the bottom (perfect for draining) and a bunch of bricks and cement blocks. Jackpot!
DIY Repurposed Planting Containers
Here are all the materials that you need:
- Jugs, Canisters, Ice Cream Buckets, Cement Blocks, Troughs, or whatever you have handy
- Knife or Scissors
- Screwdriver or something else to poke holes with
- Transplants or Seeds
- A desire to make the most of everything that you have
My big helper had to get in on the fun;)
Jugs & other Plastic or Cardboard containers:
Take your container of choice and cut it in half. Poke holes in the bottom of each half to allow water to drain from the soil. **Make sure that the lid is on the top half of the milk jug** Add your soil, place them where you want them, and put your veggies or flowers in…That’s it!
The top portion of the milk jug isn’t going to sit upright perfectly so make sure to prop it with something. I used bricks, but you can use anything that you like.
Cement Blocks & Troughs:
Fill the cement blocks with soil. Plant your fruits, veggies, herbs, or flowers (I suggest on plant per opening). The water will drain through the bottom & the roots can extend from the block into the ground.
If you have an old water or feed trough, then you have the perfect potato planter! Just make sure that there are holes in the bottom to allow the water to drain, fill it will soil, and start planting!