Container gardening

A pot for everything and everything in its pot

Boots, bottles, old buckets with a hole in them... what do all these things have in common? Well, they can be used in the garden of course. Upcycle the odd bits and pieces you have lying around the house into a creative pot plant with character.

This type of planting is perfect if you do not have much space or if you want to get kids involved. Discover what kind of plant is best suited to your home environment and get tips on perfecting your soil to give your new plant the best chance of flourishing.

  • Get inspiration for your planter: 8 Things you can upcycle into planters
  • Find your climate zone and what to plant when, with some tips from ABC. Then, check to see what the requirements are for that plant and match the planter to the plant
  • Create a healthy environment for your plant by getting the soil just right.
  • Starting from seed? Here is an idea you can adapt.
  • Find other videos to help you get your new plant started. Want to plant microgreens or lettuce? Or get more in-depth gardening tips.


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Read these gardening eBooks:

Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started, download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.


Read these gardening eMagazines:

  • ABC Organic Gardener Guide to how to grow your own fruit and vegetables without the use of harmful chemicals.
  • Australian House and Garden Be inspired by gorgeous houses and gardens to delight in.
  • Backyard and Garden Design Ideas Are you embarking on a major backyard and garden makeover? Get design, layout, plants and product ideas.
  • Earth Garden The original journal on sustainable living.
  • Gardening Australia Packed with step-by-step advice and design ideas from popular experts.
  • Good Organic Gardening Get your hands into the dirt with fresh and fun ideas for productive gardening.
  • Mother Earth News Practical and money-saving tips on green home living and organic gardening.

To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.


Listen on the go with these container gardening related podcasts:

  • Bloom and Grow: a podcast to educate and inspire plant parents around the world.
  • Encyclopedia Botanica episode 40: rework that unusable space with container gardening.
  • Joe Gardener episode 113: designing abundant container gardens .
  • All the Dirt: Steve Wood and Deryn Thorpe combine decades of gardening, sustainability and environmental knowledge to create one of Australia’s most popular gardening podcasts.

All podcasts are free and available to listen on: Android - Google Play, Procast, Downcast, Pocket Casts, Player FM and AntennaPod. iOS - Apple Podcasts app, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Podbean and Stitcher. You can also stream podcasts from Spotify. 


Everything’s better with a soundtrack! Stream playlists for free on Freegal.

Top ten tracks to garden to:

  • Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden
  • Every Rose Has its Thorns – Poison
  • Let it Grow – Eric Clapton
  • Bed of Roses – Bon Jovi
  • Octopus’s Garden – the Beatles
  • Wicked Garden – Stone Temple Pilots
  • Hong Kong Garden – Siouxie & the Banshees
  • Secret Garden - Madonna
  • Garden – Pearl Jam
  • In the Garden – Ella Fitzgerald


Stream this free gardening six-part series on Kanopy.

How to grow anything – your best garden and landscape: Learn how to create gardens and landscapes in almost any setting, from large rural backyards to tight urban spaces, and in almost any climate in this six-part series.

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