As you can tell I am all about the big outdoor this week – or small outdoors in my case. But as it is summer, if I can be outside in the fresh air that is where you will find me.
My soil is so poor though, thanks to the builders, that I have to grow my veggies in raised beds and pots. And occasionally I run out of space and I hate to let a good plant go to waste, so when I had a courgette that needed a home I had to come up with a plan – quick.
We have been re-staining all our fences to make the place look neater, so one thing I now have is a few large, leftover buckets, that is when the little light bulb went “ping” in my head. They were a perfect size for plants.
Making Your Own Planters
Things you will need
A large enough container
A sharp craft knife
Outdoor weather resistant paint – spray would be easier but I only had the paint on variety.
To make it slug resistant – A collection of copper coins, water tight glue
The How to
- Remove the handle to make painting easier
- Turn over and make holes in the bottom for drainage – I used a sharp craft knife.
- Paint your pot in the colour you prefer, I needed 3 coats for proper coverage.
- Once the paint is dry you can replace the handle and plant up you plant.
- If you want, adding the copper coins makes the slugs stay away. Apparently they get a shock crawling over them, I had a bag of them so I glued a ring of them around the top, they also look quite decorative.
So a simple and easy way to up-cycle what you have lying around and make something useful for your garden.