Do you have an old planter that needs to be replaced? Do you have a new plant that needs a new home? Perhaps one of your plants has outgrown its old pot and you need a new one. No matter the reason, it’s always a good idea to consider making you own recycled planters using items you no longer need. Here are some ideas.
If you have an old watering can, don’t toss it out just yet! They make excellent recycled planters. Before you begin, you will need to make sure that you have drainage holes in the bottom. Add some leaves and twigs to the bottom before covering with the best soil for your plant. The leaves help improve drainage and they also release nutrients into the soil. Add your plant or plants and top with more soil before watering and allowing your plant to settle in.
Like a watering can, you can use old metal buckets as recycled planters. Again, you will need to make holes in the bottom of the bucket and fill it with a layer of leaves followed by soil. Once your plants are in the soil, top with more soil to ensure that they are properly rooted. Remember that the soil level will drop so don’t be afraid if your plant is positioned somewhat higher than desired at first.
If you have a wooden box, you can always use it to hold plants. Wood does not deteriorate quite as quickly as some might think. You might want to make sure that you don’t move it around too much, though. It can become unstable after time and eventually need to be replaced. It’s great for a natural look in your garden.
These are just three ideas for DIY recycled planters that you can use to spruce up your home or garden. No matter what type of planter you make, remember to always place a tray under the planter to prevent water from leaking onto other surfaces. Remember to always inspect your planters regularly. If they become really degraded over time, they will eventually need to be discarded and your plants transplanted into a more stable container.