Yep, I’m still planting flowers. I’m sure there will be another frost, but I just can’t help myself. Especially on days like today when temperates were approaching 80 degrees! Thankfully everything I’m planting can be taken inside when that final frost arrives.

Remember my food mill turned planter that I whipped together last year? Well, I whipped them up again this year and thought I’d share the process.

They come together super easy and the process is pretty self explanatory. Let’s get going!

First, gather all your goodies. I’m using three types flowers. Bacopa (the white one) and two varieties of Million Bells. I like these because they both trail  beautifully. I found both of my food mills on ebay and picked up the liners at Wal-Mart.

Last year I used moss to help hold in the water. It didn’t work well. I noticed the food mill dried out really quickly. So this year I picked up a couple hanging basket liners in hopes that would help hold in more water.

The liners were a little big, so I cut them to fit and placed them in the mill.

Then I just filled it with plants.

And made a mess.

Then I watered. (I told you this was pretty self explanatory.)

That’s it! Done.

I planted two food mills, the first goes on my front porch…

…and the second goes on my side porch.

Unique, easy, a little vintage, and a whole lot of fun!

What fun, unique things do you plant your flowers in?

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  • Margaret at

    Love the look of these! So cute!!!!

  • Jen @ Creating with the J's at

    Came across your photo on pinterest! I happen to have one of these sitting in my kitchen. Thanks for the inspiration.!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You bet! Hope your planter turns out beautifully!

      xo Michael

  • Joani at

    So unique. Hope to see them again when they are in full bloom. I’ll be looking for one of these!

  • Jeph at

    I learned a neat trick a number of years ago that’s come in real handy. No matter how nice you can make your potted up plants look with the fun containers, decorative liners, etc, the best way to keep ’em from drying out is to stuff a grocery bag (or garbage bag for bigger stuff) inside of the liner.

    So what I do is figure out what bag works best (like I have some long planters hanging off the front of my deck railing with two bags side-by-side inside), snip some holes in it, put it down inside the decorative liner, fill it with your potting mix and plants, and just make sure that plastic bag doesn’t peek out of the soil. It’s really not hard to keep it hidden, and it retains moisture so much better while still draining excess water thanks to some SMALL holes cut it in (make sure you don’t block all the holes with the plastic overlapping itself as you fill it).

    Works great – saves a LOT of waterings during hot summers.

  • Jeph at

    PS – Love your blog!

  • Heather Morris at

    cute blog, just started following. I am new to the blogging world..come stop by my blog

  • Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil at

    I love this so much! Rustic and chic! My favorite combo!

    Your pictures look awesome!!!

    A shout out?! To me?! Loving you!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You’re the sweetest! Thanks so much Melissa!!

      xo Michael

  • Sam I Am...... at

    Very cool idea! I’ve used regular collanders but not a food mill. I use my collanders when they get old or the legs get bent….I hate throwing things away if I can find another use for them.

  • Marina {Yummy Mummy) at

    Oh this is so clever! I want to do with with some herbs and keep it on my kitchen windowsill.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Great idea! And you can keep it out all year long!

      xo Michael

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    Such a creative way to use these old food mills.

  • Tammy Henderson at

    This is very nice…I love planting flowers in diffent kinds of things othe than pots! Love it! following GFC

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Tammy!

      xo Michael

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