There are a few different kinds of compostable planters; and admittedly, some are tougher than others (I’ve had some types fall apart while sitting on the ledge of my patio after a good rainfall, which made me get them into the ground ASAP) and if you start your plants from scratch, it might be fun to make your own starter containers (read on for ideas) or invest in degradable pots. If you are looking for larger, lightweight pots that sit on your patio or fire escape, there are tougher (but still non-plastic) varieties available. A great inexpensive, biodegradable, and classic option is the always-beautiful red clay planters (you can often find these aged prettily and used).
I recently wrote a whole post about all the amazing things that can be made with vegetarian animal poop, but forgot all about plant pots! CowPots are made from – you guessed it – 100% cow dung, and have been featured on CNN and Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs”. And not to worry; weeds, seeds and stink have been removed in the manufacturing process.