My Inexpensive DIY Container Garden — With Twist Ties

by Dagmar Bleasdale on July 23, 2015

DIY container garden,

Okay, you professional gardeners: this little start of a garden might make you laugh. But I’m a newbie at gardening and because we didn’t get to build our raised bed in time, I decided to container garden again this year.

Inexpensive DIY Container Gardening,

Inexpensive DIY Container Garden

This is what it looked like at first: I bought two organic tomato plants at Mrs. Greens and planted them in large pots I used last year.

The perfect spot for our garden is next to our house in the back, where the water hose is.

041aA couple of days later I grabbed my DIY plant markers, the organic seeds I got from our awesome free seed library in our library, and went to town planting some more things and adding a the fence to our garden.

139aI made the garden wider to accommodate six large pots.

141aThe tomato plants were already growing fast, and I added pots with radish, lettuce, squash, and kale seeds.

145aThose large black pots were left over from trees I bought, so I reused them.



Then it was time to add a deer fence. We have deer in the backyard at night and they hadn’t discovered the tomato plants on the side of the house, but I knew I had to add a fence to our DIY container garden to keeps the critters out.

149aThis is what I came up with: I bought DeerBlock mesh and four long stakes at Home Depot, which didn’t cost much.

Then I had to figure out how to keep the mesh on the poles. Bread bag twist ties!

They are one of those items I never throw out, like the orange juice can tops I made my plant markers with.

152aI pushed the poles into the ground around the pots, and added another one I already had in the middle.


Then I secured the deer fence with twist ties.



This is what it looked like finished.

171aI haven’t cut off the extra deer fence yet, so this is what it looked like.

047aOnly a week later the plants were already this big!


Inexpensive DIY Container Gardening,

Inexpensive DIY Container Gardening,

Inexpensive DIY Container Gardening, DagmarBleasdale.comI was really impressed with how fast the squash grew. Every day I looked, it had grown another inch!

Inexpensive DIY Container Gardening, DagmarBleasdale.comI’m looking forward to see how this DIY container garden will come along this summer and fall. It’s exciting that Landon can experience growing our own food.

For more ideas, check out 7 Great Container Garden How-To’s from Apartment Therapy.

Do you have a garden?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny @ Refresh Living August 9, 2015 at 10:59 PM

I love how you improvised in creating your garden, even without your raised garden bed. There is nothing better than growing your own food, and enjoying that sense of accomplishment with the little ones. I am so jealous of the free seed library in your area! I had never even heard of those before a month ago, but we don’t have any in our area. I think I may need to start one!! Thanks for linking up with us at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link.


Sarena @ Teal Inspiration August 7, 2015 at 10:33 PM

What a great idea! They look adorable. Thanks for linking up with us at the #HomeMattersParty and I hope you’ll join us again!


Laurie August 7, 2015 at 1:04 PM

I would love to try this! Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Brag About It Link Party!


KLW Rose August 7, 2015 at 3:56 AM

Oh no. ? I hope you figure out what’s eating your kale.


KLW Rose August 6, 2015 at 5:57 AM

Your little container garden looks sweet. I attempted something similar this year, however only my tomatoes and one cucumber plant survived. The slugs and snails devoured the rest.


Dagmar Bleasdale August 6, 2015 at 1:50 PM

My kale is being eaten by something :( I sprayed organic stuff on it and am hoping some will survive. Thanks for coming by!


michelle July 25, 2015 at 9:32 AM

great idea! just so u can prep, the squash will need lots more room. I would plant one per container. they get HUGE. and the flowers are beautiful to boot!


Dagmar Bleasdale July 26, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Thanks for letting me know!


Karren Haller July 23, 2015 at 5:19 PM

Hi Dagmar, you are already having success with using containers, I love container gardening, its the only way I can plant vegetables but am limited to which ones I grow.

Have a great day!


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