Fill ‘er up: gardening in reused containers

July 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm 2 comments

Taking a bike ride from Firehouse 13 to the Steelyard, I encountered a bunch of gardens that feature reused containers. Behind the Avery (where the Decatur used to be), there are tomato plants growing in a bright blue footlocker and a couple of pepper plants looking good in some big tin cans.

Headed down Vinton, I saw a front porch loaded with container plants, including this guy planted in a coffee can. A breath away (after passing the house with the tomatoes in plastic pots on the porch roof), stood this bathtub full of zinnias.

Tucked between Monohasset Mill and the Steelyard is an alley full of reused industrial containers like these metal buckets full of ornamental grass and something with dark green shiny leaves.

There are many many more creative containers on the streets of Providence. If you’ve seen a good one, please send me a photo or an address. I’m always on the lookout for witty or wild front yard/front porch/sidewalk gardens. An upcoming post will showcase tire gardens here and there around town. Spotted any in your neighborhood?


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlotte  |  July 31, 2008 at 2:35 pm


  • 2. rachelgreene  |  August 1, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    My tire garden summer squash recently succumbed to the dreaded squash vine borers. (What is up with those gross little guys? They have killed every squash I have every tried to grow in Providence!) I’ll have to get somethign else in there quick so you can come check out the tires at the Westminster St. community garden.


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