Container Gardening

Trendy Terrariums

Terrariums are making a comeback.  I remember making terrariums years ago using old jars and glass vases.  You didn’t hear much about them for a couple of decades, but now they are back in a big way.

Terrariums are an easy way for people who live in apartments, or who just don’t really like gardening, to bring a bit of nature into their homes.  And – they are really simple to care for.

Watch this quick video on how to make a terrarium.

Terrariums are nothing new.  According to the University of Missouri Extension Service, the use of transparent containers for growing plants dates back at least 2,500 years in Greece.  Back then the process guaranteed a stable environment for growing food.

Today, terrariums are more likely to satisfy our artistic desire to bring some nature into our homes.  Terrariums are easy to make and can be made using a variety of containers.

I enjoy spending my weekends “antiquing” and “junking”, so I usually can pick up some inexpensive items that add some charm to my terrariums. Continue reading

Rustic Container Gardening

Vintage Funnel PlanterThere are many reasons to create a container garden.  Container gardening is a good way to dabble in gardening without throwing all your time into it.  Some common reasons why people choose to start a container garden are:

  •  Outdoor space limitations.
  • Physical limitations – can’t bend down or are wheelchair bound.
  • Your patio or deck needs that extra something.
  • You want fresh herbs in your kitchen for cooking.
  • The soil in your yard is less than desirable.
  • And the best reason … you have a pile of “treasures” you have collected at garages sales.
I made this hanging planter above from a vintage funnel I picked up at a Flea Market.

Chicken Feeder PlanterAlmost anything that can hold soil can be used for container gardening.  Just make sure you put drainage holes in the bottom to prevent soggy roots and rotting plants.  The planter above is made from an old Chicken Feeder.  It is sitting on an old sawhorse to give it more visibility in my garden. Continue reading

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