Recycled Planters / Seed Starters

Hello my lovely creative Bunnies,

It is already March and I am excited to begin my gardening endeavors.

Obviously I will have to begin indoors due to the snow and ice still outside on our Vermont ground, I will be waiting until mid April to late to plant outdoors.

In this post, I will be highlighting all the goodies that can be used to begin your window garden indoors. Both seed starters and planters you plan on them remaining in.

First and foremost,

Figure out what herbs, vegetables, and / or flowers that you want to grow. If you are a beginner.

I highly suggest you start small and not overdo it like I did my first year of gardening. Which was only last year, so I

am still considered a newbie in gardening and have so much to still learn. It is now March and I live in zone 5, so I want to begin some of

my garden now indoors and a few herbs I will most likely keep indoors.

This year I am starting in March:

  • Kale

  • Lettuce

  • Broccoli

  • Cauliflower

  • Tomatoes

  • Onions

  • Parsley

  • Peppers - Both hot and bell

  • Basil

  • Sage

  • Spearmint

  • Dill

Remember some seeds more space then others, be sure to find appropriately sized containers to plant them.


Find the containers that you want to use. Obviously, you can go to the store and buy pre-made starters, terra-cotta pots, and other planters.

But of course, I live a Thrifted Lifestyle and refuse to go buy anything new for this project. Plus last year, when I began gardening,

I created many adorable planters out of t-cups, jars, and other various containers. This year, I am also going to use recycled plastic containers to

mimic the greenhouse vibe for germination and toilet paper tubes as starters for my outdoor plants.

Ideas for planters:

  • T-Cups or Mugs

  • Drinking Cups or Glasses

  • Bowls

  • Cookie and Pantry Jars

  • Toilet Paper Tubes

  • Aluminum Cans

  • Plastic Containers

  • Sour Cream

  • Milk Jugs

  • Juice Jugs

  • Rotisserie Chicken Container

  • Salad / Veggie Container

  • Plastic Cups - Wash your already used ones to be extra resourceful

  • ETC.

  • Egg Carton

  • Mason Jar

  • Trash Cans

And the list can continue forever, be creative and resourceful!

Disclaimer: You will always need 1-4 draining holes in your handmade planters, depending on the size, the larger the container, the more holes needed for draining.

If the water cannot remove its access, then it will drown your plants and that is not good.

For plastic, this is easy and you can poke holes with a sharp pencil or pen. Or a knife if you are extra careful.

For glass and ceramic containers you will need a hand drill with a diamond tip drill bit.

For tin or metal, be sure to use a drill bit that is safe to use with soft metals.

I have a video on my Youtube Channel - Thrifted Lifestyle that shows how to drill into ceramic and glass.

Nearly the same rules apply for metal just a different drill bit, do your research.

So yeah, the possibilities are endless to create your own little window garden and/or starting your seeds for the spring.

Just figure out what it is you want to grow, find your containers, prep them with holes, and plant your seeds.

Be sure to keep them watered without over watering and enjoy your recycled garden!

Love, Shaynelle.

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