The gardening season is finally upon us which means its time to take a trip to your local gardening store and stock up on soil, seeds and planters. While a bag of soil and a package of seeds wont break the bank, planters and flower pots can put a huge dent in your wallet sometimes costing upwards to $75-$100 for a large ceramic.
If you are set on acquiring a collection of planters for growing your flowers and vegetables, consider checking out your local thrift store or classified gardening section in your news paper for second hand flower pots. They don't even need to be traditionally made for plants. An old rain barrel cut in half or a broken claw foot bathtub can make wonderful and different planters. You can even find some things for free on Craigslist or Kijiji that people are just trying to get rid of.
Corrugated Culvert Planter
Traditionally used under roadways and paths to direct the flow of water they are usually made from galvanized steel. They would work wonderfully as a planter since they wont rust or deteriorate and water would be able to drain out naturally since there is no bottom.
Water Trough Planters
Old steel water troughs make an adorable planter which would suit a cottage or country inspired home. This is another product that was made specifically to stand up to being wet all the time but you will need to drill holes in the bottom for proper drainage.
Reclaimed Wine Barrel Planter
You will be able to repurpose an old wine barrel into two new planters by cutting it completely in half horizontally. Water, weather and time will naturally age the wood and metal rings which will add character and charm.
Used second hand wheel barrels can be found in the paper or online quite easily. They may not always look great but you can take that as an opportunity to add a fresh coat of paint to match your exterior décor.
Once a cast iron bathtub is damaged beyond repair it can be quite hard to figure out what to do with it. They are heavy to move and hard to get rid of so they sometimes end up in the garage or outside in the yard. Why not intentionally set it up as a quaint outdoor planter.