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National Gardening Week

I wanted to combine two things I’m rather passionate about, gardening and recycling. The two actually go hand in hand really rather well.

national gardening week

We decided to use some unwanted tin buckets and a mini BBQ which had seen better days as planters.

Recycled Planters

what you need for recycled plant containers

recycling containers for the garden

Step 1. Once you have decided which containers to use, {welly boots, tin cans, tyres or Belfast sinks all make for excellent plant containers, ask your children for any suggestions} use a hammer and nail to add some drainage holes {a responsible adult should do this part}.

Fill the bottom with pebbles for extra drainage.

making drainage holes in garden containers

Step 2. Add compost to the containers, leaving 2cms or so between the top of the compost and the rim of the containers.

Add seeds and bedding plants to the containers, follow the instructions for your particular plants for best growing options.

sprinkle of seeds

adding bedding plants to recycled containers

Step 3. Situate the containers in their resting place.

I left the BBQ containers on the decking, and placed the smaller tin buckets on various steps of an old wooden ladder which we got from a salvage yard, once the flowers start to bloom the ladder will be full of colour!

recycled garden planters and ladder display

What type of containers would you use in the garden? Perhaps some unwanted toys would make a great display!

National Gardening Week ~ How To Make a 3 Pot Tower

Today is the start of national gardening week, a nation wide celebration of all things gardening.

national gardening week

Some of my fondest memories of my granddad are when I was allowed to help him in the garden. I remember being fascinated at how this giant of a man was able to graft various plants together, and nurture the tiniest seedlings into the most beautiful plants and flowers.

Sadly, he’s no longer with us, but whilst he may no longer be around, the enthusiasm for growing things he instilled in me remains, I hope to pass this on to my children.

This week seems a good time to start encouraging the interest they have already shown.

We kicked of our week of gardening by making a

3 flower pot tower!

what you need to make a stacked flower pot tower

Step 1. Once you have all the items you need, place pebbles or broken up polystyrene packaging in the bottom of each pot {the container the plants came in}, this will assist with drainage.

Step 2. Fill the pots up with compost, leave about 2cm between the top of the soil and the rim of the pot. Kids especially like this messy bit, more compost is likely to end up on the ground than in the pots!

stacked pot tower

Step 3. Stack the pots, one on top of the other, so the smallest is on the top. Make sure to embed the pots in the compost a little to avoid any tips or falls.

Step 4. Following your chosen plants planting instructions, add your plants to each pot.

We chose pansy's for the largest pot, some seedlings we’d grown for the middle pot and umm a bulby thing with no name for the top pot.

stacked pots with plants in

Step 5. Situate pot tower in your preferred location and admire your handy work.


The boys are rather chuffed with their gardening efforts, for not much work, they have a rather striking display.

If you try this with your children, I’d love to see the results!

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