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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!

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.

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


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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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 or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.