Would you like a more natural alternative to using those plastic planter containers? Well, here is a project for you, where you can have an interesting planter during the growing season, then throw the container out in the garden for mulch, without having to add to the world’s landfill problems.
These planters can be used and grown anywhere you can provide good plant growing conditions, including on a patio, pathway or even a roof top. The main criteria being enough sunlight for the plants chosen, easy access to water and an ease of access to maintain the planter/s.
Just follow the steps below.
What you will need
One or more rectangular bales of hay, (One per
4 to 8 seedlings or small plants per planter.
One to two good handfuls of soil/compost/potting
mix per plant.
Small garden handtools.
· Area chosen to provide enough light for growing conditions required by plants selected.
Take one rectangular bale of hay; flip it on its side so that the straps are around the sides not over the top and bottom.
Moisten the hay bale thoroughly with a hose or watering can.
Using the handle of a hand tool, dig four to eight holes in
the new upper surface of the hay bale, these holes have to be big enough to
hold a good handful of soil.
Into each hole, place a handful or two of compost, soil or
Plant up your choice of annuals, herbs or short-lived
Water the plants in well and fertilize them with a liquid
Because of the air gaps in the hay, this type of planter can dry out more quickly than a normal plnter, so regular watering is essential.
Also remember that your planter is actually decomposing
while you are using it so remember to regularly fertilize the plants growing in
it. Because nutrients may become temporarily unavailable during the
After you have finished growing your plants, move it out to
the garden, take the straps off the bale, and use it to mulch/fertilize a part
of your garden. You will find that the centre of the bale has decomposed into
compost nicely by this stage.
The Bare Bones Gardener is a qualified Horticulturist and a
qualified Disability Services Worker. He hates spending money on stuff which
doesn’t live up to the promises given. So he looks for cheaper, easier, simpler
or free ways of doing the same thing and then he passes these ideas on to