Garden Planters

IMG_2602I love this time of the year because I can get outside and get DIRTY! I love gardening… To be clear, I’m not always the best about taking care of my plants after I plant them, but I love planting them. I also love upcycling, so my yard is my next frontier this year, I think. I saw the boots on Pinterest, I think (from which I steal all my best ideas). I’ve been searching thrift stores for the perfect rubber boot and I finally found some kids boots that were adorable! I planted two kinds of mint, and apple mint and a spearmint. I love having mint in my garden but it definitely needs to be in containers. We’ll see how long these last, but for now they look adorable.

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This is my little rag-tag suburban garden so far. We have the baker’s rack that I took from the curb after my neighbor put it out. A little purple and blue spray-paint brightened it up and (hopefully) made it a little more rust-resistant.

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The previous homeowners left a bunch of almost empty cans of paint, so I dried them out and spray-painted them green and blue. I put some holes in the bottoms with my awl and… voila: “pots” for herbs!

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Finally, I upcycled two laundry baskets that had broken handles. Some green spray-paint on the big white one (don’t try using regular spray paint on plastic, it just scratches off) kind of darkened it up and made it look a little less “laundry-baskety”. I took a bunch of pieces of wood from our fire-pit pile and used yarn to tie them around the perimeter of the basket. I was trying to cut wood down to similar heights but broke my saw blade half way through. Oh well.

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I lined both baskets with newspaper to keep all the dirt in before filling them. I call them my “salad gardens”. The plant markers were from our wedding- we used them as table markers and, of course, I needed to find something to do with them. I especially like that these baskets are kind of like “raised beds“. We have 3 dogs and no one wants dog pee on their lettuce.

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I know this one’s been done a LOT, but I couldn’t resist. It’s my boy watering the watering can planter. It has purple pansies in it… I hope they bloom.

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This, however, is my piece-de-resistance. I was going to donate my boy’s old castle but as I was about to put it in the car I noticed that it was full of perfect spaces for plants. The back was all open, so I cut out a piece of plywood, spray-sealed it, and then caulked it on the back. I filled the sucker with dirt and then stuffed plants in all the holes. The bottom one, with the drawbridge, has a left-over strawberry plant that I didn’t have room for in my fruit garden. This one is going to be a real test, though, because I’ll probably have to actually water it (as opposed to waiting for God to do it for me). We’ll see!!!

Update 5/20/13:  The pansies are blooming!

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Update 6/25/13: The castle has a strawberry (that I ate promptly after taking this picture).

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6 thoughts on “Garden Planters

  1. Fabulous planters! Lots of inspiration here 🙂 Your castle is awesome!

  2. Your garden boots look super. I too enjoy planting in unusual things as it really adds interest and character to a garden plus a bit of surprise element!
    Your blooming watering can is just perfect too!
    Happy Spring!
    oxo

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