Gardening, From the Ground Up

Or in my case, from the container up. Last fall when we moved from the city, we gifted all of our pots and containers to the apartment complex’s gardening efforts. While this means that I’ll have to spend a little money replacing them, I know that the old collection is getting a lot of use at the old place. Plus, shopping for new planters on a budget is fun little challenge when it’s only about forty degrees outside.

The seven gallon terra cotta-colored plastic ones that I found at the dollar store over the last two years were serviceable enough, so I’ll likely see if I can get a couple of those again. At seven bucks a piece, it’s a great price for the size. A pair of them should do it for the two tomato plants I’d like to grow. And I’ll add a third for some salad greens and scallions. I kept a small collection of my nicest glazed pottery, so those will be allocated for herbs.

But, if I can’t find the plastic pots I want again this spring, there are plenty of affordable good-looking options that I’ve come across. I particularly like  these trash bins from Ikea that are eleven gallons, especially now that they come in black –

Knodd Bin

I do have a couple in white that I’ve used in the past for soil storage, and the one drawback to them is that they do rust when exposed to the elements. One season outdoors last year really had them looking worse for wear, and they were located on a covered spot on the deck out of the weather. Another similar option would be a galvanized bin, that might hold up a little better –

Galvanized Bin

It looks small, but it’s actually six gallons, which is a great size for big, healthy tomato plant. And of course, classic copper would look great as well. I really like these Smith & Hawken copper planters, but they’re not very large so they might not be the best choice for tomatoes. They sure are good looking though –

Smith & Hawken Copper Planter

So, there are a few good options to be had, and I’m sure there will be many more to choose from as the winter progresses and retailers start to stock their spring collections. Decisions, decisions!