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How to Save Money by using things at Home for Planting your Garden

By Edited Apr 3, 2016 7 20


We all need to learn how to save money by using things we have for planting your garden without risking the quality of the vegetable or flowers that we grow. Paying exorbitant prices for pots will destroy your planned budget. Therefore I hope to give you a few ideas on how to make use of what you have around your home without buying exotic planting pots and gardening options.

You will be surprised at how your creativity can excel with a little imagination and ingenuity on your part with a little help from this article.

Old laundry troughs


The old cement laundry trough makes a great garden pot. You can plant virtually anything in this from herbs, vegetables or even flowers. I am using mine at the moment after shifting homes to put my garlic, onions and a couple of silver beet in. You can be creative and decorate these by gluing a few tiles on them to.

To create good drainage you could put a few rocks in the bottom and even tilt it a little so the water will drain naturally out through the plug hole.

Old work boots

These make a great planter feature. You could use this to grow your herbs or a small tropical plant. The more the sole is worn the better the drainage will be. Never throw them away even if the stitching is broken. These can be painted in different colors with or without the laces left in.


Wheel barrows

Wheelbarrows have been featured in gardens for centuries. Many of these are used in front gardens as a floral display of petunias or flowers of your choice. Again these can be painted to suit your particular garden.

The old beer fridge

So the old beer fridge has died then do not drag it off to the tip. Instead take the door off, if this is flat then you can make yourself another table out of it by using an old table that the top looks worn or if you are a handy person you can build a frame from either steel or wood to fit this door onto. Paint it in your favorite color and you have a new solid table.

Now you need to remove all the trays and unscrew all the bits and pieces from inside the fridge. These trays can be used to fence of a section of your garden. Again these can be painted to go with the decor of your garden. Be careful as the fridge will still have gas inside the pipes. Move this to the required position, put a few drainage holes in the base add a few rocks to help with drainage then add your potting mix and fertilizer.

Now plant your new vegetable garden. This would be a great one to plant the root vegetables as it is deeper than some of the others and you do not want to waste the depth or potting mix on surface plants. Vegetables like potatoes, carrots, parsnips, swedes or even radishes will love this.

Old plastic containers

You can use any old plastic containers for planters. You will need to wash them out thoroughly then wash again with bleach to kill any chemicals. Carefully cut off the top with a sharp knife or a grinder. Put a few holes in the bottom and then add your potting mix. These are great for small shrubs, single tomato plants, dwarf fruit trees or anything that does not have large root growth.

Cooking pots and pans

Do not throw out the old pots and pans that have worn a hole in their base. They also make great planter pots (although you could also sell them for scrap metal, but that's another story). It will depend on the size of the pots as to what you can grow in these. They can also be used for a great feature. The one in the picture has been handed down through the family and is looking rather sorry for itself now with most of the base missing. The plant is still growing though.

Make the most of whatever kinds of things you use, try to dress them up and decorate them as feature planters or useful growing pots to spread about in your wonderful vegetable and flowering gardens.

If you use anything lying around your home you will save you money instead of outlaying your hard earned dollars to grow your plants in your garden. Plus by growing your own vegetables you will be healthier knowing they are home grown and chemically free. You cannot beat eating fresh vegetables, salads and herbs grown from your own garden.




Oct 10, 2010 9:10pm
You always have such wonderful ideas, eileen! Great article and pictures, thank you! (Love the old work boot idea!)
Oct 11, 2010 2:49am
Thanks so much for that praise. We all have to save money wherever we can
Oct 10, 2010 10:24pm
Great ideas and photos, Eileen. You can help people save a lot of money, and still have charming home gardens!
Oct 11, 2010 2:51am
Thanks for stopping by, yes every little bit helps and we all need to use our creativity to find new ideas to save money
Oct 12, 2010 10:04am
Great ideas! I'm inspired now to use all my children's old rubber boots stored in the basement.
Oct 12, 2010 10:26am
Oh thats terrific Mervyn, they look really good with plants in them and so do some of the other things just use your imagination and its incredible what you can come up with.
Oct 12, 2010 11:56am
Great ideas. I just happen to have an old pair of work boots. Really like to save money on gardening pots. Thanks for the neat ideas.
Oct 12, 2010 12:29pm
Gosh everyone likes the boot idea. There are lots of other ideas too like the inside s/steel washing machine bowls for bigger plants. Old Vases with holes drilled in base, old urns,the old s/steel microwaves. Just let the imagination work overtime its amazing what you can come up with.
Oct 22, 2010 1:15am
Great ideas. You can also use those plastic bottles to make mini-greenhouses for seed starting.
Oct 22, 2010 2:25am
That is so true I had forgot about them. Although I use them also now to make fly catchers. In Oz we seem to have lots of flies in the summer so have to try and get rid of them somehow. Well that might make another article hey what. Thanks Mary
Oct 26, 2010 1:15pm
You are right, nothing is better than fresh veggies from the garden! I love these ideas. Not only are you saving money, but you are keeping these items out of the trash. Eating healthy, saving money, and being green - an awesome, winning combination. Thank you for sharing this article.
Oct 26, 2010 9:35pm
Thanks Jeni for a lovely comment, yes I love to get out there in the garden and pick things fresh and free from chemicals. Great to have on hand when unexpected visitors come too. No need to rush down the shops. Thanks
Nov 12, 2010 6:25pm
Great ideas - I especially like your pictures!
Nov 13, 2010 5:51am
Thanks for that pageturner, welcome to infobarrel too. cheers
Jun 23, 2011 4:16pm
I love your unique ideas in "How to Save Money by using things at Home for Planting your Garden." Not only do they add interest to the garden, they reuse items, and save them from the landfill. Thanks for sharing.
Jun 25, 2011 12:15am
Thanks southerngirl09, yes it also save you spending money buying new pots.
Jun 24, 2011 11:05am
Eileen, this is a wonderful article. I just love it. So smart and thrifty too! So many things are just thrown away when they could be used just like this for gardening or any other project.

I find the world is reverting to the days of old...and more and more I understand my grandmother's mindset of living through The Great Depression.

I seconded the nomination for this to be a feature and it deserves to be!

Thank you and Thumbs UP.
Jun 25, 2011 12:25am
Thanks guys for the nomination, and this was an old article too. Venetia I also find many recipes from grandmothers are the best, and cheapest for cleaning and even medical remedies.

You may be able to utilize some of these ideas in your renovations on your home.
Jun 25, 2011 7:02pm
Exactly what I was thinking when reading this article. At this same time I am cleaning out her (grandmother's)home that has been my home since 2006....it was my "shelter from the storm" (hurricane katrina) and has served me well. It is heartbreaking in a way to leave it and also to go through her life like this....and believe me I am finding things that will be fantastic garden additions. I just love this article! I am sure it will be a feature.
(yes, the bagsful of handwritten recipes I have found but not made a dent in yet - I will bet both you and Lynsuz would love to have them)
Dec 15, 2011 1:54am
Old work boots and pans are such a good idea. Thank you for this article.
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