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Turning an Eyesore Into a Garden

Creating a garden doesn’t have to be expensive

grouped container plantings look like garden bed

My name is Wema Mojar from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. We have an abandoned pool that had become an eyesore, so I turned it into a classic small space garden using old pots, some garbage bags, and other inexpensive materials.

I started most of the vegetables from seedlings that I grew in my mini-greenhouse. I combined flowers, foliage, and veggies in different containers, and they turned out fantastic!

colorful mixed annual flowersMagenta petunias (Petunia hybrida, annual), purple verbenas (Verbena hybrid, annual) and orange nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus, annual) provide lots of color and beauty, with productive veggies growing behind them.

plants in homemade hanging basketsEvery space is filled with plants, and Wema shows you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a garden like this. A little twine and a few holes transformed these plastic pots into hanging baskets.

tomato plant growing in a containerAnd the vegetables are happy too! This tomato plant is certainly thriving. Many vegetables will do great grown in containers, making all sorts of spaces potential gardens.

plant with small green tomatoesDeveloping tomatoes are thriving in their container home.

grouped container plantings look like garden bedMassing lots of containers together is a great way to give the look of an in-ground garden bed on a slab of concrete.

ripe green beans ready to be pickedAlmost anything can be used as a plant container as long as it will hold soil and you can put drainage holes in it. These green beans are thriving in a garbage bag!

peach nasturtium flowerNasturtiums are beautiful, and they produce edible flowers and foliage that can be added to salads.

plants growing in bags of potting mixMore happy plants, two of them growing in the most convenient container imaginable—a bag of potting mix!

lots of leafy greens growing in potsDelicious, nutritious greens as far as the eye can see.

lots of plants growing in potsHere’s a final reminder that you don’t need expensive pots or plants to transform a space into a beautiful, productive garden.


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  1. sandyprowse 07/20/2021

    Your creation is fantastic. Well done. I loved looking at your very special garden.

  2. Rebeccazone7 07/20/2021

    Your imagination is awesome. The strawberry pot on it's side has given me a great idea for one of mine that's been sitting around from a garage sale purchase. I love, love. love everything about it.

  3. btucker9675 07/20/2021

    What a terrific idea for creating beauty from concrete!

    1. Wema 07/21/2021

      Thank you so much!

  4. sheila_schultz 07/20/2021

    What a creative way to bring fun to an unused part of your backyard! The overflowing, flower filled containers create a lovely blast of color especially when interspersed with vegies! Enjoy your new garden!

    1. Wema 07/21/2021

      I’m so happy you like them!

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    simplesue 07/20/2021

    You sure have some healthy garden plants!

  6. wittyone 07/20/2021

    Oh clever you! Pots are so expensive, using something else that takes their place is so smart. Also grouping your pots together as you did should make watering them a breeze. Having pots here and there interspersed with things planted in the ground is a good idea, but it's very easy to forget that nasturtium or geranium in a pot will need some supplemental watering when the rest of the plants around it can make it on their own for awhile.

    1. Wema 07/21/2021


  7. Wema 07/21/2021

    Thank you so much!

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