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Tomatoes and flowers planted in a galvanised repurposed planter
Create a quirky container garden and watch it flourish with Scotts Osmocote.

Food for thought

One of the best things about growing plants in pots is there’s always a way to get creative with the containers. For a fresh take on growing herbs and vegies, cast your eye around for interesting household items that can be repurposed. Pretty much anything that’s non-toxic and big enough to hold soil will do the job!

Cooking pots recycled and used to plant

Think outside the box

Let’s get creative! Cherry tomatoes look amazing cascading from an old galvanised bucket or watering can, while repurposed metal colanders make wonderful hanging baskets. If you’re using a timber container, don’t plant directly into it, but use it as a cachepot for plastic nursery pots.

Strawberries growing in metal colanders

Prep for success

Ensure good drainage by punching or drilling holes in the bottom of the containers and adding a layer of coarse gravel. The next step is the potting mix – the better the mix, the healthier your plants will be; fill containers with a specially formulated potting mix, one with the right balance of nutrients for flourishing edibles, like Scotts Osmocote Plus Organics tomato, vegetable and herb premium planting mix.

Plants growing in repurposed bucket

Bumper harvest

Feed and water regularly to keep plants healthy. Water daily when it’s hot or when the top inch of soil feels dry. When it comes to feeding, Scotts Osmocote Plus Organics tomato, vegetable and herb plant food and soil improver is the ultimate multitasker! With one application, Osmocote Plus Organics provides essential nutrition for your plants while aiding beneficial soil microorganisms.

Plants in old steel pots 

Want to grow something other than vegies?

Browse Scotts Oscmocote’s range for the correct product for your plant.


Photo credit: GAP Photos/Nicola Stocken and Getty Images


Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.