By Liesl Clark
Large plastic containers make great container gardens. Think twice before you throw plastic receptacles away as someone might like to reuse it.
Planters are easy to come by. Whether you have little growing space outdoors, or want to beautify a patio or rooftop, pull your nearest receptacle or container from your trash and turn it into a planter. The more innovative, the more interesting and discussion-worthy for your friends and neighbors. Here are a few unusual planters we’ve come across in our travels in the Himalaya:
1) Thermos Planter.
The planter on the right is an old broken thermos. They also make great modified bird feeders.
2) Styrofoam Cooler Planter.
Herb planters in styrofoam. The village of Kalopani doesn’t have styrofoam recycling. But this family found a way to reuse theirs to plant herbs for their restaurant.
3) Paint Can and Bucket Planters.
Paint Cans and Buckets Make Perfect Succulent Planters, Photo: Liesl Clark
4) Gerry Can Planter.
When this plastic water or fuel container broke, it was turned into a large planter.
5) Barrel Planter.
These barrels make great containers for donkey or yak loads when we go on expedition. When they break, they can make a useful container garden.
Want more ideas for planters? We’ve got ’em! Please visit our Trash Backwards app where we have many more planters from reused items for you to see:
Click Through for Planters From Surprising Everyday Items at Trash Backwards