Garden Solutions: Cheap and Creative Planters for Tomatoes, Strawberries, and Beans

Garden Solutions: Cheap and Creative Planters for Tomatoes, Strawberries, and Beans

Faith Durand
Jun 16, 2008

Still thinking about a garden? It's not too late to start! You can still buy a few herb plants or even start late summer greens from seed in a container garden. Sonia of our sister site Unplggd turns out to have even more talents. She just gave us a whole bunch of tips and photos on creating cheap, creative planters for your container garden. Take a look at her tips on using cheap containers from Target and IKEA to make a bright and colorful garden.

From Sonia: I went to Target the other day and found that Cynthia Rowley's summer collection, Whim, has some great potting solutions if you get a little creative...

Below is her steel beverage tub, which is $12.99 (they don't have this color online, but this is the same thing: Steel Beverage Tub).

I drilled holes in the bottom and planted my cherry tomato plants and strawberry plants in here. They're flourishing!

This is actually from IKEA. This is just a $25 11-gallon steel garbage can that I drilled holes into and planted my beefsteak tomato plants into. Ikea now has smaller cans in fun colors as well...

This is a breadbasket from Target for $3! Drilled holes (love my drill!) and planted green beans yesterday.

And these are from Cynthia Rowley's collection as well. They're plastic woven bread baskets that I've put potted plants into and hung from the fence with s-hooks (close-up below). Looks like online you can only buy the whole woven set but I just got the baskets at the store...

Thanks Sonia!

Related: How to Start a Green Roof Garden

(Images: Sonia Z)

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