Milk Crate Gardening for Tight Spaces


Who says you need a sprawling patch of open lawn to get your green thumb groove on? Dump all your old LPs and college text books out of those milk crates, grab some soil and seeds and get planting. You don’t need a ton of space to grow some tomatoes and tasty pesto herbs, just a warm bright area to stash your crate o’dirt.

Eco blog Re-Nest sings the virtues of milk crate urban container gardening. They point to clever post over at Instructables which details how the 14×14 plastic cubes we know and love make great – if not particularly attractive – makeshift gardens. Line them with weed block, dump in some soil, add seeds, and let Mother Nature do her thing.

You don’t have to be short on space to try your hand at container gardening. It’s also a great way to jump start seedlings in the house while you wait for a cold snap to pass, or want to grow crawling plants without risking that they’ll take over your entire garden.

For a unique twist on stacked milk crate gardens, take a look at this homeowner who built a vertical garden that doubles as a privacy fence. Visually appealing organic gardening with upcycled resources – now that’s what we’re talking about!


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