9 Filler Ideas For Large Planters

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You have your eye on a large beautiful planter at the store. It would look so nice to the entrance to your home. Then if you are like me you think about how many bags of potting soil will you need to buy?

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Before too long I have talked myself out of the entire idea. Why? For me the thought of lifting large bags of potting soil to fill the planter is something I have to consider when I garden. If I have to handle too heavy of anything, it could send me into a Fibro Flare.

There Has To Be A Better Way

Then it happened.  A neighbor blessed me with a large planter.  I wasn’t able to put it to use last season but wanted to now.

When I went to pick up my plants I had ordered from the a local greenhouse I expressed the dilemma with the large planter. That is when she suggested to fill the planter with cans! She said most plants depth to allow for roots are less than 12 Inches. This also makes it easy to move.

Why Stop At Cans?

Here are 9  filler ideas for items you can use to fill your large planters!

  1. Cans
  2. Nursery Six Packs
  3. Rocks
  4. Plastic Milk Jugs
  5. Soda Bottles
  6. An Inverted Smaller Pot
  7. Plastic Containers With Lids
  8. Packing Peanuts
  9. Starter Pots

Large Planter Filler Tutorial

The following is step by step how I was able to put this new idea to me to use.

First I had to decide where I was going to put this large planter. Because of last winter’s extreme cold in the Dakotas, I lost a shrub. The planter would make a great replacement.

I moved it to its new location and then began to gather fillers.

Move to the location you want it.
Move to the location you want it.
Fill with empty cans, inverted pots, six pack containers, starter pots.
Fill with empty cans, inverted pots, six pack containers, starter pots.
Fill a bucket full of amended potting soil.
Fill a bucket full of amended potting soil.
Empty into planter.
Empty into planter.
Flowers I got on sale.
Flowers I got on sale.
The planter in its new home.
The planter in its new home.

Next time you have your eye on a large planter, go ahead and buy it and fill it up first with one or more of the above fillers, add potting soil and plant your flowers!

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Marilyn

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