Container gardening makes growing flowering plants and vegetables quick and easy, but it does require an adequate supply of pots. If you are on a budget, purchasing decorative plant pots for your growing needs may be prohibitive, but do not let that stop you from growing flowers and vegetables in containers. Nearly any container will do, given a fresh coat of paint and some drainage holes.
If you grew up in the days of metal coffee cans, you may not have even considered them for plant pots. Many cans of coffee are now made from plastic and make the ideal plant pot. Whether you choose the smaller one-pound size for a simple houseplant or opt for the larger two-pound containers for larger outdoor plants, a quick coat of paint is all that is needed. Once they have dried, drill three or four drainage holes in the bottom and fill with soil.
Recycled buckets can be painted or decorated with decals to create unique plant pots. Paint buckets and ice cream containers make practical plant containers. Check with the deli in your local store for recycled buckets from their food products. Many will give them to you or sell them for a dollar or two. Not only can these be used for plants at ground level, the attached handle makes them easy to hang.
Old milk crates can be lined with plastic garbage bags and filled with dirt for plant containers. Be sure to punch a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Although these may be heavy, they have the added bonus of built-in handles for moving them.
Pots and Pans
Old pots and pans make an attractive display of flowering plants. You can either paint them or leave them in their natural state for a rustic look. Teapots and teakettles, especially old cast iron ones, make delightful planters.
Shoes and Boots
Shoes and boots make whimsical planters that will hold a small plant. Try miniature pansies, violas or delicate vines for an unusual grouping of plants in old shoes and boots in a variety of sizes, colors and styles.
Cut the top off old two-liter soda bottles for a quick planter. Placed on a shelf and filled with ivies or other trailing plants, these make suitable pots that are quick and easy to prepare.