Dollar Store Container Gardening


Buying larger planters for container gardens can get expensive. So, I decided to head to the dollar store and see if I could find a thrifty alternative. And I did! These wastebaskets come in several fun and bright colors. And the handles make it perfect to move around! The pictures below are of "Italian" planters I created. I included a Roma tomato, a sweet basil and a purple basil. I have also made "salad" planters with different lettuces in them.
Create a fun and thrifty container garden.
Grab some wastebaskets from the Dollar Tree. I really liked these because of the bright colors and the handles.
Beautiful container gardens!

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  • Kris
    on Jun 29, 2017

    What about drainage holes & something to catch the water (&sometimes tiny bits of soil) underneath this planters? Just using gravel usually dwns my plants even when the top is dry. I live in an apartment building so my container garden will be on 2 X-Large windowsills measuring 1'X9'&1'X6'. But $1 Store is just my budget!
    • Lija Cerbulis Day
      on Mar 19, 2020

      i use coffee filters to hold in the soil and allow drainage, then some of my pots sit in aluminum pans.

  • Brenda Smith
    on Feb 12, 2018

    I am putting these on my back deck, I do not want to ruin my wood, what would you put underneath to catch excess water? Like a pie pan or something?
    • Melissa Moon
      8 days ago

      Is your deck covered? If rain water can collect beneath the pots it will cause rot. Raising the planters with small plastic pieces the size of legos or several pieces of gravel will allow air flow so that the wood can dry out. It's also a good idea to do this with concrete planters so they can drain properly and prevent freezing in winter. Ice expands and can crack a concrete planter.

  • Sally Soucie
    on May 26, 2019

    U drill holes in bottom of ya container ?

    • Miriam
      on Feb 22, 2020

      Yes, about 3 should do it. Place something under it to catch the excess water, but don`t let it sit in water.

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    on May 4, 2020

    My only concern is the toxins in the plastic will leech into the soil. Great idea, but I'll stick to clay pots.

  • Doreen Kennedy
    7 days ago

    I think it’s a great idea. I use dollar store and Home Depot buckets to grow vegetables. My best tip is to drill a few rows of holes along the sides. It makes the drainage so much better. My tomato plants do so well in the pots and buckets that have lots of side holes.

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