If you love quirky art projects, or inventive ways to display your gorgeous garden, then perhaps simple terra pots will seem a little “wah-wah” once you read these makeshift garden alternatives. A makeshift garden uses untraditional containers to display flowers, herbs, vegetables and peppers. The possibilities are endless! Which makeshift garden ideas are your favorite?
1. Decorative Chair – use a decorative dining room or patio chair and refurbish it to display your garden! To make your own garden chair, you’ll need to remove the seat and create a space to display your plants. Plant your favorite herbs, flowers or even small vegetables. (See a full tutorial with pictures here)
2. Vintage Bicycle – Give a vintage bicycle new life and make great use out of the front and back end baskets. You may also add smaller baskets to the seat or pedals. Fill each basket with coconut fiber and potting soil. Plant your favorite herbs, flowers and small vegetables.
3. Picnic Basket – How often do you really use a picnic basket, perhaps twice a year? Give yours a full time job and allow your plants to be beautifully displayed from its openings. Any sized picnic basket will work just fine, and remember to fill it with a good quality potting soil. Plant a variety of herbs, flowers, small vegetables or even chilies for larger baskets — how creative is this basket?
4. Bird Bath – Old or unused ceramic birdbaths make wonderful displays for gorgeous herbs and flowers. Be sure to carefully drain holes at the bottom for proper drainage.
5. Dresser Drawers and Crates – Distressed wood drawers and wine crates can create a unique, vintage feel in your garden or home. Be sure to drill holes at the bottom for proper drainage, and see this example.
6. Wheelbarrow – If you no longer use a wheelbarrow, don’t give it away! They create a quirky, rustic look when flowers, herbs and vegetables are displayed from them. Plant your favorite herbs, flowers or small vegetables. (See this tutorial)
7. Toolbox – Using toolboxes to display your garden can create a fun conversation piece next time you have guests over. Remember to drill in drainage holes, and fill the toolbox with potting soil. This is a great idea for a small herb garden.
8. Used Tires – Some prefer using 1 – 2 tires for smaller gardens, while others stack several to create a tower of plants for display. Leave the tires as is for a recycled feel, or spray paint each for a decorative edge. Some studies show that used tires have the potential to release harmful chemicals in warm temperatures. Therefore, inedible plants are recommended, and never display them in an enclosed area or in-doors. (A beautiful photo here)
9. Tree stump – Tree stumps can be unsightly and difficult to mask. Why not make lemonade out of a lemon? They can be quite beautiful with a variety of flowers and herbs rising out. Creating a makeshift garden out of a tree stump is a little more challenging – but well worth the effort. This how-to gives thorough step-by-step instructions.
10. Picture Frames – Picture frames filled with small plants can make a boring fence instantly adorable and functional! Window box frames work best, or use any frame with additional width to fit small pots with herbs or flowers. (A gorgeous example here)