Flower pots and planters may be hard to find in the size or shape you are looking for, or you simply have an extra laundry basket that you are not using anymore. If that’s the case, we got you covered! You can create the laundry baskets planters in order to use them inside and outside for a vegetable gardening as well.
DIY Laundry basket planters are cheaper and lighter than pots! Even though the holes may cause problems, which we can solve, you can turn that disadvantage into an advantage and plant through them (similar to planting strawberries!).
DIY Materials For Laundry Basket Planters
- laundry basket
- garbage bag, burlap, straw, or newspaper
- potting soil
- electric drill or anything else such as nails and a hammer to drill holes for the drainage.
DIY Steps For Laundry Basket Planters
Before you start, if you want to color the baskets, you can use spray paint and let them dry. After that, drill holes for the drainage.
Then, you can use a burlap to cover the holes of the basket by weaving it in and out of the basket sides to wrap. Make sure that you secure it with the glue gun to make sure that it is sealed. This way the soil doesn’t get out. But you can also put garbage bags, newspaper, or straw around the inside of the basket to hold in the soil.
One of the best use of this now-planter basket is strawberries! They make it easier for the strawberries to grow out because of the holes it has. Once you prepared your basket, put a plastic trash bag inside, or other materials we have mentioned before, to keep the soil from falling out. Do not forget to cut holes in the bottom of the trash bag as well so that they will line up with the holes drilled in the bottom of the basket for drainage. Add 6 inches or 15 cm of soil to the bottom.
Now you are good to go. Place the strawberries apart from each other and poke a hole into your lining material; plastic bag, burlap, etc. Place the roots inside and the foliage outside in each opening. Add another 3 or 4 inches, or 8 or 10 cm of soil, and repeat planting, staggering this row of strawberries from the first and continue until you get near to the top of the planter. Make sure that you skip some holes so it does not get too crowded.
Grow different plants and vegetables!
After that, you can plant more strawberries on the top or even another crop like lettuce, cabbage, etc. If your basket is a tall one, do not forget to add a water line so that the water reaches the roots of the lower sprouts as well. One way to do this is getting a PVC pipe with holes drilled into it and sticking it in the middle, or you can use a plastic bottle, cut off the bottom, take off the lid and poke several holes on the sides and sink it upside down into the planter. When watering, adding water into this reservoir will make the water reach all the way down to the roots and lower plants. After a couple of months, your strawberries are ready to harvest!