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5 Unusual Plant Containers to Repurpose and Recycle

Lucy Mercer
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Tub Garden | The Home Depot's Garden Club

From kitchen cast-offs to potting mix bags, if it holds dirt and has drainage holes, it can be your container garden.

Here are five of our favorite unusual containers.

1. Bathtub. A tub garden (instead of a garden tub) adds whimsy and quite a lot of space to grow in. Layer soil and amendments just like a raised bed, with a thin layer of gravel on the bottom, followed by mulch and raised bed soil or potting mix.


Gerbera Daisy in Colander Basket | The Home Depot's Garden Club

2. Kitchen cast-offs. A kitchen colander comes with built-in drainage. Make a hanging basket with S-hooks and jute twine, and line with burlap or landscape fabric to hold in the potting mix.


Potting Mix Container | The Home Depot's Garden Club

3. Potting mix bag. This project is proof that just about anything can be turned into a container garden. This deconstructed garden is about as basic as it gets. Begin by poking drainage holes in the bottom of the bag, then flip it over to plant herbs, greens or flowers.


Tomato Garden in Homer Bucket | The Home Depot's Garden Club

4. Homer Bucket. Perfect for tomatoes, this all-purpose container garden comes with a handle for portability. Drill some drainage holes in the bottom, fill with potting mix and mulch, and add tomato plants and herbs. Prop on pavers or a plant caddy to allow circulation below.


Wheelbarrow Garden | The Home Depot's Garden Club

5. Another portable garden, wheelbarrows make folksy containers. Drainage is important here. Layer potting mix and mulch like you would with a raised garden bed.


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