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Some Simple Alternatives to Ordinary Garden Pots

A great and versatile way to bring new life to your existing garden is with garden pots. However, there are several items that you can use in place of your standard garden pots. For example, use an old rusty watering can to place your plants in. Just drill a hole in the bottom for water drainage and you have yourself a charming plant container.

If you happen to lose a tree that is already in your garden, you can hollow out the stump. Make sure to hollow it out deep enough to sink a pot into. Simply use a boring drill bit and start by drilling out holes that make the outside diameter of the circle. Once you have the circle drilled out, continue boring out the inside. Use a chisel to remove the wood left between the holes. Fill in any gaps around the pot with dirt.

If you accidentally break a large garden pot, don’t throw it away. You can still use it by cutting the bottom off at an angle or burying it halfway into the ground. It has the illusion that the pot is more of an artifact that has been unearthed.

For a less permanent but really fun idea, you can take a pair of old boots and fill them with dirt and top with a plant of your choice. You can even paint the boots with spray paint to make them blend in or stand out.

A wood barrel that is cut in half is a common alternative as well. Although they’re made to hold liquids, it’s still a good idea to coat them on the inside with water sealant since they weren’t exactly made to hold dirt.

A simple idea is to take a used car tire, lay it down level and fill that with dirt. They can even be stacked to make a very interesting garden.

If you look around you’ll see plenty of ordinary objects that you can use as containers for your garden. Your imagination is your only limit.

Daniel Rapier has been working in gardens since his early childhood and has always been interested in educating others on garden pot and landscaping techniques. If you’d like to know more about garden pots, visit