5 Planters Made From Everyday Objects

Large plastic containers make great container gardens. Think twice before you throw plastic receptacles away as someone might like to reuse it.

Planters are easy to come by. Whether you have little growing space outdoors, or want to beautify a patio or rooftop, pull your nearest receptacle or container from your trash and turn it into a planter. The more innovative, the more interesting and discussion-worthy for your friends and neighbors. Here are a few unusual planters we’ve come across in our travels in the Himalaya:

1)    Thermos Planter

The planter on the right is an old broken thermos. They also make great modified bird feeders.

2)    Styrofoam Cooler Planter

Herb planters in styrofoam. The village of Kalopani doesn't have styrofoam recycling. But this family found a way to reuse theirs to plant herbs for their restaurant.

3)    Paint Can and Bucket Planters

Paint Cans and Buckets Make Perfect Succulent Planters, Photo: Liesl Clark

4)    Gerry Can Planter

When this plastic water or fuel container broke, it was turned into a large planter.

5)    Barrel Planter

These barrels make great containers for donkey or yak loads when we go on expedition. When they break, they can make a great container garden.

These are all utilitarian planters, used in a place where there are no garden stores to simply go and buy yourself a clay pot. They’re also used in high Himalayan villages that have short growing seasons. Placed along a south-facing wall, these planters extend the growing season by a couple months.

What innovative planters have you grown your food in?

5 thoughts on “5 Planters Made From Everyday Objects

  1. Guttering.
    Best innovation I ever saw. Just get old cuts off guttering and you can grow all kinds of food in them.
    The other great thing about this is that you can use them for vertical gardening to make these best use of limited space. If you are really clever you can make the water trickle down the system.

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