We love to see baskets used as garden planters. Any type of container that can be reused,
recycled or re-purposed is a plus for us, for you and for the environment. A basket container adds so much texture, and
interest to your porch or patio that it has to be encouraged and
If you donít have a favorite basket that you no longer want
indoors or if you need to purchase baskets to turn into garden planters, then
look no further than a thrift store or garage sale. Most folks have them already laying around
because they make the most wonderful ways to organize all kinds of household
Like with any flowerpot start by thinking about what you
want to pot. Are you into houseplants or
colorful flowers. Do you need a small
basket planter for a table-scape or will this stand alone holding a large tree
or shrub? Is the baskets pretty worn
looking and could use a touch of color or is the beauty of the rattan lovely in
itís natural state?
Start by painting it or not. Then the most important step is
to spray a couple of coats of a protectant clear sealer. This will help the basket to last longer and
is a very inexpensive step to follow. If
you donít want to pot directly into the basket you will need to line it with a
garbage bag that is cut to fit. If the
basket pot has a tight weave you can plant directly into it. Make sure the bag doesnít show at the
top. You want to poke a few drain holes
in the bottom of the bag.
Next add some pea gravel, rocks or pot shards to the
bottom. This helps with the basket
planter drainage and to hold the basket down if it gets windy outside. Follow the rocks with potting mix but only
fill about 2/3 full. Because you will
need room for the plants and donít want them all the way to the top of the
Lastly, once the plants are potted, you can add some more
soil to cover the roots but donít pack to hard and donít fill the basket to
full and you should be good to go.
Display this lovely basket planter on the porch next to the front door,
on the patio on a table or anywhere you want some texture, color and beauty.