I didn't want to spend money on pots that would probably be left behind when we returned to Iowa so we improvised with recycled milk cartons. They serve as great temporary garden containers and are fun to decorate. We have ambitions of sprouting everything from flowers to food depending on how green our thumbs are this season.
Here's What You'll Need:
1 milk jug (or medium to large sized plastic container)
Cheesecloth, rocks, sticks and/or broken pot pieces
Seeds or sprouted plants
Decorative materials (optional: acrylic paint, paint brushes, fabric, hot glue, etc)
3. Carefully cut small holes in the bottom of the jug for excess water drainage
5. Cut a small square of cheesecloth and place it in the bottom of the jug to prevent soil erosion out the bottom. If you choose, you may also put rocks, sticks or broken pot pieces at the bottom to prevent compaction and erosion).
6. Fill jug half way with potting soil
7. Place plants in jug, making sure there's enough soil firmly packed around the roots. Tie to railing with zip ties to prevent tipping (and little children from digging in the dirt!)