by: Carrie A. Blakley
Calling all pot heads out there!! OK, all plastic pot heads. FINE….plant container users. Spring has sprung, and it’s time for all you gardeners out there to start getting those containers ready for your crops (if you haven’t already started). You all know who you are, and you know the drill. For those of you who do not know who these people are, nor do you know the drill, but would like to be filled in on such things, allow me to help you understand this ‘drill’. Containers, as defined by normal people, and containers, as defined by gardeners, are normally two very different things. Non-gardening people see ‘plant containers’ as some type of plant pot, usually cylindrical, that you fill with soil, and a seed. Gardeners even so much as think of the word ‘container’ and it’s game on. ANYTHING can be used. We’re not even close to joking about this.
A gardener can find a way to fashion a plant container out of almost anything, from metal to newspaper, and back again. Don’t want to spend money on a plant container? Ask one of our handy duty gardening nuts. We’ll be more than happy to help you out. The key? Using your imagination. Old boots, old shoes, egg cartons, berry boxes/baskets, toilet paper rolls, cut up paper towel rolls, pants, old bags, old mugs, old drinking glasses, etc. Take us to any 2nd hand shop, yard sale, garage sale, junk shop or road side flea market…and we’ll have you leaving with a car load of stuff that you can use as a plant container. Heck, maybe even 2 car loads of stuff!
They key to a successful garden is not having a green thumb. Thumbs are not required in order to garden, much less green ones. In fact, if anyone actually has a green thumb, they should probably see their doctor as soon as possible. So, if you’re wanting to start some plants from seed, and are lacking containers from which to start them….just open the fridge. Egg cartons, milk cartons (cut in half, sans the milk), berry baskets, wide mouthed small jars (such as jams, jellies and mustard jars), egg shells (YES, egg shells), soda cans (cut in half, and sans the soda)…etc. Again, use your imagination and enjoy the creativity. Be safe while doing this, however. No one wants you to get too creative and end up hurting yourself over a plant container project.