Was a barrel of plastic bottles, now a barrel of pumpkins!

I spied a super cool large garden container tip most recently when I was helping my friend Judy move. Among her many talents, she’s quite the green thumb.  When she gave me the chore of emptying the dirt and summer blooms out one of her large plant containers, “but leave the plastic bottles in the bottom,” I came back with a, “say what?”

large container party displays, gardening tips

Did you know that there’s a benefit to filling a large planter, bucket, or barrel with empty plastic bottles before you fill it with the intended items? You not only save on the cost of filler material (ie: planting soil), but it helps keep the container more light weight?

This was a new one on me.  Is this a new one on you? Or have you been using this trick in your garden, too?


Since I felt like I just had an a-ha moment, and since Judy sent me home with this awesome rustic bushel barrel…

container gardening trick

I thought I’d make a fall vignette pumpkin display knowing I’d be using much less hay than it appeared.


And my barrel would be much lighter weight. Because now, I was privy to one of the secrets of creating fall displays with large garden containers!



fall-display-barrel-pumpkinsNot just for seasonal, wedding, and party displays either.  But gardening container’s, too.

large garden container planting tip using plastic bottles- StowandTellu.com

I was amazed at how well my summer planter did using the plastic bottle trick.

I stated out with so few plants for this summer container.

“Crowd the pot”, is the saying, but I didn’t buy enough plants for a crowd.

Nevertheless, the flowers liked sharing the container with the bottles.

I had to water daily the first week or two.  After that, I’ve only had to water it a few times a week.

Right on Judy, thanks for the tip!


Sunday I’ll be joining in on the Hometalk Home for Fall Blog Hop.  

Come on by for a barrel full of fall decorating inspiration;)

See more I SPY posts, here.

Hope to see you there!


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5 Responses to Was a barrel of plastic bottles, now a barrel of pumpkins!

  1. Anne@DesignDreams October 15, 2015 at 7:55 am #

    Very cute Amy! I love that half barrel!!!!!

  2. chris aka monkey October 15, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    what a great tip and it looks so fally ha ha xx

  3. Feral Turtle October 15, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    I love this. So pretty Amy. I always fill my planters with leftover Styrofoam…..unfortunately I don’t seem to have that talent of staging like you do. Mine just sit with dirt in them. Maybe you should hop a plane and come decorate for me…lol. What a great score. I love those barrel planters.


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