How to Fill LARGE Pots!

3 Materials
1 Hour

Hi, I'm Amber Oliver! I hope if you enjoy this project you'll also stop by my blog!

Mo' plants, mo' problems, right? Well my problem was wanting LARGE planters on my patio! The problem was they were then WAY too heavy for me to move if needed AND it was expensive to fill those big pots with soil! So I have a little hack for you!

These were the tall pots I wanted to use. They would have taken several bags of soil to fill from the bottom to the top. Since I didn't need that much soil, I added a few of these:

EMPTY MILK JUGS! Re-use those empty plastic containers in your garden pots!

I added this empty jug at the bottom of my pot and so it would take up a bit of space AND not add anymore weight to the pot!

Add your soil in over the top, then plant your flowers, etc. on top!

I hope you enjoyed this super easy, gardening hack! Save money, make life a little easier, AND do an upcycle that helps that planet. Win, win my friends! Thanks for reading!

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3 questions
  • CJ
    on Jun 27, 2020

    Doesn’t that make the pot top heavy?

    • RJM
      on Jul 23, 2020

      Put the 16 oz. water bottles in there too. I get them from my friend who still buys them from store! Terrible waste bad for Enviroment!! I use milk jugs and packing styrofoam too. All works great!!

  • Pat in VW
    on Jun 28, 2020

    How long does it last? I would think that after time the jug will collapse.

    • Macgregor
      on Jul 17, 2020

      I scrunch up the small, black plastic pots/trays that bedding plants come in and jam those in the bottom of the larger pots. They pack down to pretty well whatever level you want and the dirt sifts in around them. It's worked well for several years now.

  • Margaret Howard
    on Jul 4, 2020

    Excellent idea! Thank you😊

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  • Penny
    on Aug 3, 2020

    Great idea 💜

  • Debbie
    on Aug 18, 2020

    what a great idea. would had never thought about that. fill a large planter that i a whole lot of money. and these days money is not easy to come by

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