Grow your own “Container Garden”

Got a busted bucket lying around your house? Or a mangy old pair of shoes? Check out Project GreenHands’ tips on using them to create your own little vegetable garden.

Even if you don’t own a piece of land, you can still add a dash of greenery to your house. There’s always that old, tried-and-tested method of using clay pots, but if you want to do something different, take a look at Project GreenHands’ ideas on creating a container garden!

Got a busted bucket lying around your house? Or a mangy, old pair of shoes? Don’t toss them in the trash heap yet. That’s all you need to create your own little vegetable garden at home.

Bathroom Bonanza

Instead of chucking out those old buckets and mugs or lugging away that heavy bath tub, use them to plant a little bumper crop of your own.

GreenHands to GreenFeet

Maybe your kids have outgrown their shoes and rainboots, or maybe you just decided to go for a change in style, but don’t get rid of that old pair yet. They can be used to grow herbs. But remember to drill some holes at the bottom of the shoe for drainage so that you don’t drown whatever you plant in them.

Canned food redefined!

Tin cans are generally good for smaller plants like herbs, while larger cans can sometimes accommodate small veggies.


Got lots of old bricks in your yard? Collect them all and turn them into a spiral garden for planting herbs and smaller veggies!

Don’t tire of tyres

You can often find old tyres lying by the side of the road, and tyre shops will sometimes give you old ones for free because otherwise they need to pay to dispose of them. Turn that trash into stacked potato planters!

When you’re going for a container garden, remember that the space for the plant is limited. Always choose plants that do not require a huge radius to thrive. Carrots, radish, potato, peas, cilantro, and mushrooms can be grown in containers.


Project GreenHands

Project GreenHands has over 100 volunteer driven nurseries spread across Tamil Nadu. As the name indicates, these are nurseries that are established thanks to the support of volunteers who during weekends and in their free time, help out in nursery activities like filling pockets, sowing seeds, watering, weeding etc. This year, our volunteer nurseries plan to top last year’s total of 2.5 million saplings.  If you wish to but are unable to volunteer at one of these nurseries, we hope these container gardens will bring a little greenery into your life!

Have you ever grown plants this way? Do share your ideas and pictures with us and we will publish the best ideas on our facebook page. Don’t forget to like us on facebook.

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7 years 4 months ago

how to make stacked potato planters out of old tyres..cant get, will be helpful if some relevant pictures are posted on how to do that...

7 years 4 months ago

After 35 years of work I retired last year and started growing vegetables on my terrace in containers added some flowers too weekly vegetable buying has come down by 50%posting some pic of the veg grown organically on the terrace

7 years 4 months ago

I used rice sacks,recycled bottles & a shoe bag as a container

7 years 4 months ago

ur an adorable person sure its awesome

7 years 4 months ago

this is just wonderful. not only do we get to plant more beautiful plants and vegetables and make the surroundings clean but we get to recycle old cans.

5 years 2 months ago

It is a great idea.