Garden Pot Alternatives


Are you tired of seeing the same old garden pots used in every single garden in your neighborhood? Well, if so, you are not alone. After all, who wants to be just like everybody else and have the same thing as the people next door in their front yard, backyard or garden? If you are looking for something a little different that can set your yard apart, then it’s time to turn your attention to using some alternative garden pots for your garden.

What exactly is an alternative garden pot? It is not a new product fad on the market – garden pot alternatives can be almost any type of object that is sturdy enough to hold some soil and a few flowers or plants, and that looks good doing the job. Now, all you really need to do is to think outside of the box, use a bit of your imagination, and be as creative as you can. In fact, you need not even purchase anything, because the things that you have at home could very well become a great alternative for the common garden pot.

Here are a few ideas that you may want to consider using as alternatives to garden pots in order to help you get started:

Paint Cans – Most people have old paint cans in their garages that are simply taking up space and gathering dust. So why not make them useful and turn them into a garden pot or two? First off, you have to clean them very well. If there are any dried up paint residues inside the can, make sure that you scrape those off. Once it’s all nice and clean, you have to punch several holes at the bottom and sides of the can. This should let the excess water out whenever you’re watering the plants. And voila! You now have alternative garden pots that didn’t even cost you a dime. If you like the look of paint cans holding your flowers (and they do look cute!), but are concerned about any residue paint left over in the ones you have in your garage, you can purchase a few inexpensive empty paint cans at the home improvement store and either leave them as-is, or dress up the exterior of the can to add a bit more interest to your new garden pot alternative.

Old Wooden Boxes – Have you got a few old wood boxes lying around? Well, if you do, then it’s time to put them to good use. All you really need to do is clean them up, check if they’re still sturdy enough to hold in the soil and you’re good to go. If there are no openings on the bottom of the box, you’ll also have to drill a few holes in them for water drainage. You can paint, stain or seal the wood to give it a nicer look and to protect the wood a bit, but you can also opt to keep the boxes in their natural wooden state.

Wheelbarrows – An old wheelbarrow can make a great garden planter if you’re no longer using it to lug items around the yard. Again, all it needs is a few drainage holes drilled into the bottom and you can fill the space with soil and a few flowers or even make a whole herb garden.

Needless to say, when it comes to finding alternative garden pots, all you really need is do is put your imagination to work. Almost any object that can hold some soil and can have a few drainage holes drilled into the bottom can work as a place to grow some plants, flowers, or herbs. In fact, designing your own garden pot can become a fun project for the whole family to enjoy, so do consider getting everyone’s input.


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