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Potting Soil Saver Tip


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Hi Friends… I wanted to share with you what I have been doing for several years now when it comes to container planting.  

This tip is a money saver because it will save you 50 % on what you would normally have to spend on potting soil.

potting soil saver idea

2nd… will help save your back.  You may ask how is that?  

Because the pots will be lighter and easier to move once filled.  WooHoo!potting soil saver idea


First I did paint my terra cotta pots white.  

To plant my containers I always have a layer of rocks/gravel to give the plants good drainage.

potting soil saver idea


I put my empty plant containers and my used water bottles to the pots and fill with potting soil. I put 2 more in this container.

Sorry for some reason I didn’t get a photo of all the containers I added. DUH!


Potting Soil

Now fill the pot with your potting soil as you normally would.

The pot will take 50% less soil than if you did not use the plastic containers. Add your plants.

potting soil saver idea

I filled 6 pots. Here is one of the plants when first planted. 


Looking Forward

Fast forward to 4 weeks to today.  They have filled out nicely, a little miracle grow helps too!

Geraniums Planter How To Save On Potting Soil Cost


Do you have container plants?  I would love to hear from you in the comments.  Let me know what you have in your garden or yard.

I hope your plants and garden are having a great summer.  See you soon!



  1. August 2, 2016 / 8:27 am

    Love your ideas…… I just planted a pot and instead of the empty plant containers or plastic bottles, I used empty aluminum soda cans….same principle, but it works great….so light.

    Do you have any ideas on how to hydrate containers without the daily watering that takes so much time. I guess I just have way too many potted containers. SMILE

  2. BonBon
    August 2, 2016 / 10:19 am

    Hi Michie, At the moment I do not have a hydrating system figured out for my containers….boy I need to. Like you I have a lot that I have to water and I agree with you that it takes a lot of time……I have tried a couple of self watering ideas but I didn’t really like them. I need to work on that again…..Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

  3. April 22, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Hi, I really appreciate the helpful tip to reduce the bagged soil expense for potted plants. Great post and makes me happy anytime I can save money. Happy Spring and many blessings.

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