Gardening in containers can be a very fun and creative process. Some people love to spend time finding fun and interesting containers to put plants in. Other people enjoy making the containers themselves or modifying existing containers to fit a theme or style. If you want to learn more about making your own indoor gardening containers, then keep reading.
One of the most basic and most popular containers for gardening is the window box. Many people associate the window box with the front of the house, but they are also great to have inside for displays too. Start with a container or pot that you want to have in your window box. Measure them and decide on what dimensions you will need for them to fit in the window box. You don’t want it to be so deep that you can’t manage the plants or so shallow that you will see the containers over the top. You may be able to use scrap wood that you have in your garage or just go and buy some wood at a lumber yard or hardware store.
Aside from the wood, you will also need a saw, screws, a screwdriver or drill, wood glue and mounting brackets if there isn’t a place for the box to rest by the window. Cut the wood to the proper dimensions and visualize the design of the box in your mind as you cut. Some people who are more skilled also cut fancy designs in the wood. You can also choose to paint the box or stain and seal the wood to bring out the grain and texture. Make sure that you are using good solid materials that will last as long as you want them to. Screw all the sides and bottom together after applying wood glue and let it dry for a day or two. Many people also choose to drill holes in the bottom so that overflow water can escape if necessary. This will help you keep your window box dry and rot free for a longer, more beautiful life.
Making a container from something else
Making an indoor gardening container from something else can also be quite satisfying and give more options for planting. Barrels are a very popular place to put plants indoors. They are sometimes difficult to find, especially if you are looking for antique barrels. But if you keep an eye out at thrift stores and garage sales, you may be surprised what you can find. If you use a barrel, be sure to put filler in the bottom so that it isn’t too heavy and so that the soil can drain and breathe properly. You don’t want too much soil in a container or it could be impossible to move, especially after it is filled with water. An old desk or table can also be used as an indoor garden container. Look for tables that used to have a glass top or that were made to hold things like a shadow box table. The height of the table can add variety to your indoor garden container collection. A table can also make it easier to reach the plants without bending over and causing back pain which can really be a benefit to those with back problems or arthritis.
Make sure that the container you are making will be made of materials that are safe to have inside and that your plants will also be able to thrive in. You never want to use something that could harm you or others in the house. It is also very important to make sure that your plants have the proper drainage. If too much water accumulates in the soil or container, then your plants could die from overwatering. You also don’t want the container you made to rot and fall apart because too much water sat in it for too long. You should also be sure to put the container in a place that is appropriate for the size and height chosen.