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More often than not, I hear people say “I’d like to have my own garden..but I just don’t have the room!” Gardening can be intimidating enough as it is. When you include the issue of space and uncertainty it can make a person just toss the idea of growing their own food out the window. My advice? Don’t lose hope! Get creative, think outside the box..er..raised bed that you dream of having.

I want to prove to all of the non-believers that container gardening can be easy and will give you good results as long as you give your plants enough room to grow, keep them in a place where they will receive sunshine, and give them plenty of water.

Container gardening does not have to be expensive. These projects costs pennies when you compare it to the cost of heavy-duty planters at home improvement stores or gardening centers. Those will run you anywhere from $20-$40! Here are some economically-friendly ideas to get you started..

Affordable idea #1

Visit your local thrift stores for large baskets or other large containers that can withstand the drilling of some holes on the bottom for proper irrigation. I found these two baskets at my local Goodwill for $3.25 each. If you go with this route, all you need to to is line your baskets with a trash bag, making sure that you’ve punctures some holes for ventilation. Extra benefit of being thrifty: you can make your container garden as unique and quirky as you’d like. The eclectic look of mixed antiques looks very charming and fun.

Affordable idea #2

Grow bags! While searching the internet for affordable container gardening ideas I was so hung up on the fact that I wanted a structured container for my plants. I was shopping around on Craigslist for cheap wine barrels and found that were was no such thing. Just when I wanted to give up I came across these little gems. Grow bags are awesome because they are reusable, inexpensive, and collapsible. They come in different sizes too, so you can pick and choose which bags work for your gardening needs.

Affordable idea #3

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If all else fails, ask around and keep your eyes peeled for buckets and planters that people leave at recycling centers. I found some of my buckets (not pictured) sitting next to a near by recycling bin. They are not big enough to accommodate a tomato plant but they are just the right size for growing kitchen herbs. I also called some local gardening centers to see if they recycled or dispose of any of their planters and found that many of them do. Other places to consider when searching for free buckets or planters: bakeries, breweries, grocery stores, construction businesses, Craigslist, Freecycle.

Cooking a friend dinner as a trade-off for a planter they are not using could be an option too 🙂

If you have any other ideas that you have been successful with please share below!

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