Enter your email for a FREE Seed Starting Guide!

Create A Vegetable Container Garden On A Budget!

Upcycling - Grow Your Own Vegetables In Your Backyard!

container vegetable garden

Create a vegetable container garden in your backyard by reusing and upcycling! We show you how we grow herbs and veggies on a shoestring.

Sometimes investing a lot of money into a vegetable garden is not possible or feasible. Particularly if you rent a place or you simply have no garden. A concrete yard can be transformed into a vegetable producing oasis with little money by upcycling and reusing anything that can hold a decent amount of soil.

Growing your own vegetables and herbs is a well worth time investment and gives you the advantage of controlling what goes into your food. We grow the majority of vegetables and herbs we need. The quality and freshness of our own produce is so much better than supermarket produce.
A lot of these veggies we grow in recycled pots, containers and raised beds we built from pallets. We reuse everything that can hold soil. This way you can create a simple vegetable garden in a backyard corner for very little money! Just choose a sunny spot and upcycle anything you can put your hands on.



There are a few criteria that I have for any container I want to grow food in though!

  • They have to be large enough to hold a substantial amount of soil. Plants in small containers are harder to keep alive and tend to run out of steam sooner.

  • All planters need to have adequate drainage holes at the bottom

  • All materials have to be non-toxic!

6 Upcycling Ideas For A Vegetable Container Garden

Here are a few ideas besides buckets and bathtubs that we use in our place:

strawberry container garden

We used these kiddies pools for our ducks. Unfortunately, they broke and don't hold water anymore. No need to dump them! They are perfect for a vegetable container garden! We grow for example strawberries, radishes or lettuce in them.

Raised bed gardening

Do you have a tonne bulk bag flying around and you don't know what to do with it? They are often used to hold stones, sand, gravel or other building materials. These are perfect for an improvised raised bed. The fabric is very strong yet water permeable. Just fill them with good soil and compost and you can grow anything you like!

Growing lettuce in containers and boxes

We picked these fish boxes up on the beach! They go overboard on fish trawlers and are made from really strong plastic...just perfect for upcycled planters in a backyard! Most of them even have drainage holes. Otherwise, they can easily be drilled into the bottom.

growing herbs in containers

Used supermarket boxes: these plastic crates often just get thrown away instead of being reused!! Ask at your local supermarket if you can have some. We just line them with plastic pieces from compost bags and punch a few holes into the bottom. Filled with soil they make ideal containers for herbs or lettuce.

raised bed from reused pallets

Pallets can be used to build raised beds. Line them with a strong weed block fabric for an ideal raised vegetable bed. Here are instructions on how we build ours.

raised garden beds made from building blocks

Recycled building blocks can sometimes be obtained for free from building sites. They can just be stacked on top of each other to hold the soil in place. The bigger blocks need no concrete to hold them in place so they can be removed easily if necessary.

What would you like to see next?

› Vegetable Container Garden


Back to top

Get our FREE Seed Starting Guide!

Enter your email and download your free guide!


Recent Articles

  1. Flowering Hedges For Coastal Gardens

    Flowering Hedges are great to define garden spaces and add a great splash of color to your garden.

  2. Garden Shrubs For Coastal Areas

    Choose garden shrubs that are suitable for your garden and climate. Not all evergreen, deciduous or flowering bushes are suitable for seaside gardens.

  3. Dwarf Flowering Shrubs For Seaside Gardens

    10 Dwarf Flowering Shrubs that will grow in coastal gardens. These low growing shrubs will add a splash of color to any garden.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.