It’s not too late to start your fall garden.
But if you are getting a late start on it, you probably don’t want to spend a lot of time or money in actually setting up your container or raised beds.
Food52 has some pretty good ideas for simple, cheap, fast garden DIY projects, and one of my favorites is this milk crate turned container garden.
If you’re trying to save space and construct a simple square foot type garden, milk crates can be the perfect solution. Chances are, you already have a few laying around somewhere. If you don’t, they’re very easy to come by.
It’s one thing to say they’re easy to come by, but without thinking, tell me where you’d go to try to find some.
Tough isn’t it?
Don’t worry, I wouldn’t leave you high and dry like that.
Where to find free (or crazy cheap) milk crates
- Fast food restaurants
- Big box discount stores (Wal-mart, K-Mart, Sam’s Club, etc)
- Gas stations
This was a great list on how to find free milk crates via eHow, but where else can you think of that would gladly unload their milk crates for nothing, or at least next to it?
How to turn milk crates into garden planters
- Fill the gaps with either a liner (like a gently used plastic shower liner with drain holes), Spanish moss, or some sort of fiber — coconut fiber or hay. This prevents soil from falling through.
- Before planting, you could spray paint the milk crates to give them either a clean and modern look, or add some flare to your landscape.
That’s it, you’re done. I told you it was simple. Of course you could make watering your garden super simple by repurposing two liter bottles into a drip irrigation system.
If plastic milk crates don’t create the type of garden vibe you’re looking for, you can grow herbs in an old wine bottle, start a mini garden in an Altoids tin, or even use old gutters as a clever small space container garden.
What are some of your favorite simple DIY garden hacks?