The birds are chirping, the trees are budding, and the sun is shining (on this side of the US, at least). Along with the sticky and unwanted pollen on my car, spring always seems to bring me a strong desire to plant pretty and useful things. While gardening isn’t exactly easy when you’re living in military housing or on rental property, it IS possible. In fact, here’s 1o ways you can do it!
1. Make a Feeding Trough Garden
You can buy large feeding or watering troughs from stores like Tractor Supply Co. or online. Simply add potting soil and some plants or seeds!
2.Use a Pallet
Pallets are easy to find for free (most hardware stores will give them to you—just make sure you ask before taking them) and they’re lightweight, too. Plus the boards between rows of plants means less weeds!
3. Stack Pails
I love this idea because it’s extremely easy to undo when you move and it reminds me of a waterfall. I think it’s gorgeous!
4. Upcycle an Old Wheelbarrow
Okay, most military families probably don’t have old wheelbarrows laying around, but you could always purchase an old one from a thrift store or consider buying a new one if you like this portable garden idea.
5. Make a Kiddie Pool Planter
Yet another great way to grow your plants in a large, portable container. Since most kiddie pools are pretty shallow, this wouldn’t be ideal for larger plants that need to take deep root. This works great for smaller plants, though!
6. Convert a Small Boat
Not only is this stunning, but it also allows for bigger plants (like those beautiful hydrangeas back there) since it’s a relatively deep container.
7. Plant Herbs in a Shoe Organizer
This shoe organizer herb garden would be perfect for those locations that actually have winter (we’re currently on the West Coast, so I’ve forgotten what winter is like) because it’s incredibly easy to bring indoors. You can hang it just about anywhere!
8. Reuse Old Shoes
Have a pile of cute and outgrown kids’ shoes you’re just not ready to donate yet? Upcycle them into planters! This could work with almost any type of shoe.
9. Create a Terrarium
Terrariums are fun to make and extremely easy to move with. The best part about this one is that it’s made with succulents. Do you know how hard it is to kill succulents?!?!
10. Grow Herbs in Tin Cans
This is photo is from a blog post I wrote last October explaining how I made a kitchen herb garden out of tin cans. I’m currently growing sweet basil, pineapple mint, and garlic chives in the windowsill of our little kitchen and I love having fresh organic herbs right at my fingertips when I’m cooking! Plus these are really easy to move with.
What do you think? Any that I missed?? I want to hear your garden ideas!