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Offbeat Gardening: 10 Creative Container Ideas

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6. Old bricks – Got lots of old bricks in your yard? Many urban yards seem to, for some reason. Collect them all and turn them into a spiral garden for planting herbs and smaller veggies!

7. Mesh produce bags – You can’t recycle the mesh bags that often hold citrus or potatoes, but you can turn them into a hanging planter!

8. Old tires – You can often find old tires by the side of the road, and tire shops will sometimes give you old ones for free, since they would need to pay to dispose of them. Turn that trash into stacked potato planters!

9. Self-watering soda bottles – Two liter bottles are perfect for creating your own self-watering containers for herbs!

10. Rain boots – I love this colorful take on the shoe garden idea. You’ll definitely want to drill some drainage holes in the soles of your rain boots, so you don’t drown whatever you plant in them.

Image Credit: Creative Commons bathtub planter photo by ilovememphis; spiral herb garden photo by Becky Striepe

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Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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9:55AM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

Some interesting ideas. Thanks for sharing

11:17AM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

Reuse reuse, sharing!

1:25PM PDT on May 3, 2013

Some really great ideas. I will have quite a few old bricks, after the side of my house has a cement driveway extended right up to the house, and I am going to save them for a spiral planter for my front yard. I have a patch there right now, and it just never looked right - this idea will certainly change the look, and I can put my big well pump right in the middle - boy the creative juices are flowing right now.... Thanks so much for posting Becky.

7:57PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

I use tires to plant my potatoes; like the idea of the mesh vegetable bag - wont throw them away

4:51PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

great ideas!

4:55PM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

The spiral garden is beautiful, and I love the shoe organizer idea!

12:29AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Fantastic ideas. Thanks. I have a small area for planting and using pots and you've helped a lot.

9:25AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

This article was an answer to prayer - I was needing ideas for what items could best be recycled for gardening use! Thank you, thank you!

8:05PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

We have an old bird bath that I plant with flowers and ivy. And we've also taken to planting a cherry and grape tomato plants on the walk to our front door. When they're ripe we just pick a few on our way in to snack on. Sweet and delicious and organic.

1:40AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

very inspirational!

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