How to Make a Chiminea Planter

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Chimineas provide safe, decorative vessels in which to make fires, but they also make beautiful planters as well. Chimineas are clay outdoor fireplaces that look both natural and rustic. One of the best attributes of chimineas is that many change color after they are used a few times. If you no longer have the need to use your chiminea to contain fires, consider using it as a planter. Turning your former fire vessel into a natural-looking planter is easy to do.

Things You'll Need

  • Small rock
  • Potting or garden soil
  • Plant

Lay the chiminea down on its back, as best you can. The bottom half of the chiminea is rounded; therefore, you will likely not be able to set it down directly on its back, but a bit on its side.

Place a layer of small stones inside the large opening. The stones will help the water to drain and will likely prevent root rot. Pour potting or garden soil into the chiminea’s large opening. Most chimineas are fairly thick; therefore, you should be able to pour the soil at least 1 foot deep. Some of the soil may drift off to the sides. The bottom of the chiminea will catch the soil and prevent it from pouring out. However, if you are having issues with keeping the soil from drifting out of the chimney, install a piece of wood or large rock inside the chimney, near the large opening. The object will keep the soil contained in the appropriate area.

Install vegetation of your choice into the soil. Dig a hole into the soil with your fingers that is the same size as the plant’s roots. Direct the plant so that its top comes out of the chiminea’s large hole. Place the roots in the hole and then cover them with the soil. Flowers, vegetables and herbs should thrive in this type of container, as long as it is placed in an area that receives the correct amount of sun based on its species. For instance, most vegetables, such as tomatoes, should receive full sun.

Pour water on the soil whenever it looks dry. Use enough water to make the soil soggy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove any weeds that grow in the soil.
  • If you are growing your plant from seeds, plant them in the soil according to the packet's directions. For instance, some seeds are placed directly on top of the soil, whereas others are pushed down into the soil until just covered.

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