Gardening Containers From the Dollar Store!

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Repurpose an onion rack . This one was bought at a dollar discount store and planted with herbs. The wire frame offers perfect drainage and hung, makes great use of vertical space.   
Another hanging delight, fresh herbs are planted in a wreath frame. Packed in moss and lightweight soil, the wreath is kept neat through the occasional harvesting of herbs. Make sure you hang this one where the sun DOES shine!

Im sure you can find an unused colander in your kitchen cabinet or at the dollar store to transform into a countertop salad garden! Id much rather use this colander to fill up with healthful salad than a bunch of pasta!
Just add soil and plants.
Are you short on time and space but love the idea of growing your own food? I am a huge fan of this pre-seeded vegetable growing mat called Ambers Garden that comes in different size rolls. The seeds are spaced out for you, just prepare your garden bed soil or container, lay the mat down, cover with a little soil, water, and you wont believe what you get in a few weeks.
Curious? Look at the next photo!
I was doubtful that this pre-seeded growing mat would work, but the proof is right here. Growing in this container is a mix of lettuces, carrots, radishes and more. This is a great product for beginning gardeners, kids, people who dont want to dig or people with physical challenges. Very affordable and it works!
Delicious veggies by the way, I tried them!
I interviewed Connie Henderson, the inventor of Ambers Garden at a garden trade show and posted the video on my blog. Watch it for a closer look at the pre-seeded mats.
This Strawberry Tower from the Bruce Post Company is one of my favorite finds for the garden this year. It is made of rot-resistant western red cedar wood, is pyramid shaped with four planting sides and comes in 4 or 6 foot tall models. I like it because it offers excellent drainage for the berries, makes good use of vertical space and is a gorgeous addition to the garden or patio!
Repurpose an onion rack . This one was bought at a dollar discount store and planted with herbs. The wire frame offers perfect drainage and hung, makes great use of vertical space.   Click To Enlarge

Repurpose an onion rack . This one was bought at a "dollar discount store" and planted with herbs. The wire frame offers perfect drainage and hung, makes great use of vertical space.   

Photo: Shirley Bovshow "EdenMaker"

I'm always looking for clever ideas for growing and displaying my edible plants. The truth is, almost anything that can withstand the decaying effects of water and has drainage holes in it is a great candidate for my garden.

I spoke at Walt Disney World recently about the "beautiful and bountiful" edible garden and took photos of some of the ideas I presented. A few of these planters were re-purposed kitchen items and one of my favorites was a hanging onion rack that we made into a decorative and functional herb container!

Got a minute? Check out some of these ideas and innovative gardening products that I have been using in my edible garden design projects and absolutely love!



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Comments (3)

Gardening_News writes: My wife had a stainless steel vegetable steamer that she used on the gas hob.
Unfortunately one of the handles came off and became dangerous to use.
Being a steamer it has drainage holes. I used it to sow and grow salad leaves - worked a treat!
Posted: 6:29 am on March 3rd
Morgan2garden writes: I love the lettuce in the salad bowl!
Posted: 9:14 am on February 20th
cawilsey writes: Thanks for the clever ideas for gardening containers.I am truly a novice and you have some good suggestions for starting out, and in a restricted area to work with.
Posted: 8:00 pm on May 26th
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