Recycle Your Tin Cans into Mini-Planters!comments (16) April 5th, 2009
I'll admit it -- I'm a total amateur when it comes to gardening. Embroidery, beading, sewing, and gocco printing are all much more my speed! But this year, my husband Andrew and I are planning a little raised-bed garden on the south side of our yard. We're starting small with some herbs and vegetables, and I'm excited (and hopeful) to see how it all works out!
I love these bright, pretty El Pato cans—every time we go through another can of the super-delicous sauce, I save them thinking I'll do something fun with them one day. I have kept seven out of the recycling bin over the last couple of months and decided it was time to turn them into mini-planters for nurturing seedlings from our nursery—although you could also start from seed with these if you prefer. After seeing more than our fair share of hail and chilly nights this "spring" so far, the option to bring our little guys into the house or garage if need be was a nice bonus. In the meantime, they can live on our front porch, soaking up some morning sun and getting just a little bigger before they go into the dirt.
What you'll need:
- Clean, empty recycled cans
- Hammer and nail
- Seedlings (or seeds and soil if you're starting from scratch)
1. Wash your chosen cans and make sure there are no sharp edges or rough spots. I used cans with the bright label printed right on the metal, but if yours are plain, you might want to paint or decorate them for fun!
2. Use a hammer and nail to make several small holes in the bottom of each can. I did three or four on each of mine.
3. Fill the bottom of each can with small pebbles, just one layer deep, to help the soil drain well.
4. Gently transplant your seedlings into the planters. (If starting from seed, fill the planters with soil and plant your seeds now.) Water and care for them as suggested, depending on what you're planting. I chose Red Russian kale and Sugar Star snap peas, both of which like full sun.
5. Put them somewhere special so you'll see the cheerful plants every day! I put ours on our front porch all in a happy green row. Remember, with the holes in the bottom, they may leak when you water them, so if they're inside make sure they're on saucers or dish towels to catch any spills.
6. Transplant the seedlings to your garden when they're ready and the weather cooperates!
Variation: If you're more of an indoor-crafts type, you might like to try my Recycle Your Tin Cans into Simple, Stylish Craft Storage project!
Note from the editors: For more great gardening ideas head to CraftStylish's new sister site, VegetableGardener.com.
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