When most people think of recycled garden pots, they usually picture potting bins. However, containers are an equally important part of a garden. They not only add character to your garden, they offer additional gardening opportunities. You can plant vegetables or fruits in containers, and you can also use your containers to hold herbs, spices, leaves, and other assorted goodies. In addition to using containers for container gardening, you can also use them for pot gardening.
Recycled Garden Bins: I’ve seen some very interesting ones at a garden center close to my home. They were not the traditional square planters that most of us are familiar with. These were long cylinder shaped containers that had wire on the bottom to help them retain water and absorb extra moisture, they had loops on the top of the pots for drainage, and on top there was a mesh that helped keep insects out. The containers themselves were pretty ordinary looking, but the fact that they were recycled garden pots with a little twist made them really interesting.
Containers for Vegetables: Most gardeners who are trying to grow their own vegetables and herbs will probably be using containers as well. There are many benefits to vegetable gardening in containers including easy watering and more room for growing herbs and other plants. If you have a full-size garden and lots of space to spare, I would highly suggest planting in pots as opposed to soil. However, if you are limited by space or simply don’t have any large garden center containers available, then just use a number of smaller pots to get started.
Herbs and Tomatoes: I planted tomatoes and herbs all over my patio and in our home’s entryway. I tried putting them in the ground right in our kitchen but it seemed too much of a hassle to me. So I just planted them in containers. Now they’re right where I want them and they’re also within reach of my hungry little son. I’ve also been able to harvest them in the winter months and use them as a delicious pick me up during the cold winter months.
I decided that my tomato plants and herbs were going to need a lot of sunlight so I planted them right in the front yard. I used two small pots filled with gravel in the back to help give them some protection from the sun. Now both plants are beautiful and thriving. My tomatoes are starting to form a nice little cluster of berries and my herbs have come in handy with the harvest season coming up.
Tomatoes: I love all varieties of tomatoes but especially the dwarf variety. They grow about two to three inches tall and are perfect for my sunny windowsill. I bought my container last year from our local nursery and it came with an instructional leaflet. You can cut the tops off and leave the green leaves on as a determinate if you decide to plant it outdoors. This works well with most varieties except tomato seedlings that are about one inch tall.
Herbs: Last year I had a problem with my herb garden. Most of my herbs were in a container garden but I decided to plant them in a pot because I wanted to keep them inside instead of outdoors. My herbs started growing very well and I was able to harvest most of them this summer. It’s really a matter of choosing the right kind of container gardening for your garden.
Tomatoes: I’m lucky that I live in zone five. This means that my lemongrass actually loves water. I’ve learned that watering my lemongrass only every other day or so is enough. This helps the plant to stay healthy and prevent it from drying out. I’ve also learned that I can’t grow lemongrass without moistening the soil and adding compost to help the soil retain moisture better than I could do in my indoor garden.