Turning an Eyesore Into a Garden

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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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