Create a Mobile Container Garden

Add portable green space to your patio using galvanized metal trash cans and casters.

Contribution By Brian Patrick Flynn, Decor Demon


Create A Mobile Container Garden

Materials Needed:

  • metal trash cans
  • empty 2-liter plastic bottles
  • casters
  • screws
  • nuts
  • drill
  • drill bit
  • potting soil
  • plants of various sizes and habits (tall, short and cascading)
  • pressure-treated lumber
  • tape measure
  • marker
  • gardening gloves

1. Select Trash Cans

Select a combination of tall, medium and low metal trash bins. Keep in mind that groupings work best in odd numbers.

2. Add Drainage Holes.

Use a drill and drill bit to add about 5 holes in the bottom of the trash can to allow for drainage.

Drill Drainage Holes

Drill Drainage Holes

3. Attach Casters.

Measure proper spacing for casters with tape measure, then add mark with marker. Drill holes, then attach casters with bolts and screws. For reinforcement of extra-large trash cans, attach a strip of pre-cut, pressure-treated lumber to bottom before attaching casters.

Attach Casters

Attach Casters

4. Add an array of plants.

Add a complementary selection of tall, short, and cascading plants.



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