In today’s world of asphalt and cement, the backyard or front yard garden has become a rarity. The space for gardens has been appropriated as either a parking lot for the family vehicle, or as paved paths that make it impossible for plants to thrive.

In some places where space is at a premium, such as in cities, the houses and buildings are put so close together that all you ever see is an expanse of grey. There is no sight of any greens, no splash of color from flowers and plants, and no chance for scented herbs and vegetable gardens to be cultivated.

Nevertheless, there is no denying that gardens, trees, and plants are important to us. This applies to issues of aesthetics and beauty in our surroundings as well as to practical issues of ecology and the environment.

The scenario painted above has been the status quo in most of the world’s cities for quite some time now. Even if the residents of these gray places would like to cultivate plants, they see no means to do so. A solution is to procure some ever handy garden pots.

gardening with only pots

These pots are a good alternative in such dire circumstances for the nature lover. They can also be used even in situations where there is a gardening area but the soil is not suitable for planting the kinds of flora one wants.

Having plants in movable pots has certain advantages. A gardener will then have more control over the amount of sunlight a plant will have. Even things like the kind of soil to put in, the moisture it will get, and the temperature it will be exposed to can then be easily controllable.

Some gardeners make use of these special pots even when the soil is suitable and their garden is perfect. This is because a pot can be placed on a deck, a porch, or even indoors. Thus, plants in garden pots are used to decorate and beautify a house.

There are many kinds of garden pots. The differences pertain to material as well as design. These are usually very large containers made out of earthen clay, ceramic, fiberglass, plastic, or metal. The basic shape for a pot is round, but there have been contemporary designs of different shapes. Aside from differences in the pots, one can also choose among a wide variety of plants to cultivate in them.

One could choose to plant small trees, to be placed strategically in a deck or porch as shade, or indoors as an effective interior decorating scheme. This is a great way to achieve that flowing transition from outdoor to indoor space.

One could have choice herbs instead, to be distributed all around the home and garden for their scent and insect repelling or other beneficial qualities. Some vegetables can pass as ornamental plants, and the pots then placed conveniently near a kitchen.

Finally, garden pots can serve as mini gardens for your favorite ornamentals, easily cared for and maintained, in lieu of the big plots of land that you do not have.

Ideas for Alternative Garden Pots

When creating your own container garden, using plain, old terracotta pots can get very boring, very quickly. If you are looking for starter pots for a regular, in ground garden, you may not want to use the plastic bucket pots that most small plants come in from the local garden center.

creatively made garden pots

There are many alternative garden pots options to these regular pots and planters that can be used to spruce up your container garden or help protect the environment by reducing the use of plastic pots.

A container garden is any type of garden, including vegetables or flowers, that is keep entirely in containers. This is a great option for city dwellers where yard space is at a premium or people with physical limitations who may be unable to tend to a normal garden.

You can make quite a statement by the pots you use for plantings. There are many options available including ceramic vases, pots and pans, or even lined baskets. Visit flea markets looking for interesting containers that are interesting and eye-catching.

Almost any type of vessel can be used as a garden pot. Some containers, particularly those never meant for planting, will require a small amount of modification to be suitable for plants.

This would include drilling small holes in the bottom or placing a large layer of sand or gravel to allow for adequate drainage. Baskets or other cloth containers can be waterproofed to an extent to protect them and make them last longer.

When raising seedlings or small plants in pots for later transfer to a garden or landscaping, it can be disheartening to see dozens of plastic pots wasted because they cannot be recycled and are too flimsy to be reused. A great option is using peat pots. These are containers shaped from compressed peat.

They will hold their shape for a few weeks while preparing plants for transplant and can be planted directly into the ground as the peat will quickly disintegrate. You can also create your own biodegradable pots with some old newspapers and a container to use as a mold.

Simply line the inside of a pot with large strips of newspaper torn to size and slightly moisten to help hold their shape. You may prefer to tie a few pieces of string around the outside until planting.

By considering alternatives to regular garden pots, you can help the earth by reusing and recycling. Always keep your eye open for reusing old containers; these add charm to any container garden. Further using alternatives to plastic pots will help protect the environment and can even save money.