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Briarwoods photos
Joined: 3/16/2006
Location: Let's Go Mets!!
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Posted: May/03/2006 6:30 PM PST

I pretty much filled up my 2 beds and will need to plant several veggies in containers (Tomato, cukes, Bell peppers and summer squash)

Can ya'll put your thinking caps on and give me some ideas as to what I get get my hands on that would be suitable containers?

So far I have 2 cat litter buckets that are about 11 inches deep. I am trying to avoid buying pots or I'll go broke!
cantate7
Joined: 2/06/2006
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Posts: 177
Posted: May/03/2006 11:53 PM PST

I used old garbage cans with holes punched in the bottom. So far cauliflower in them are doing great. Only thing I would do differently now is punch more holes in the bottom, as they tend to flood when it rains a lot.

Cantate
ncgardengirl photos
Joined: 6/11/2002
Location: north carolina
Posts: 410
Posted: May/03/2006 11:59 PM PST

http://freecycle.org/ is a great place to find free things. Might be one in your area. I'ts requires a yahoo email but otherwise is free and it seems to have a vast variety of merchandise.. You can also solicite pots or whatever it is you would like for free. It's really cool.

Also dumpster diving has served me well in years past. I'm not to proud and am pretty agile so i have found great things that still have many useful years left. I found a giant broken clay pot that i planted so it looks half burried. I used old tires for potatoes one year.
good luck
Michelle
Briarwoods photos
Joined: 3/16/2006
Location: Let's Go Mets!!
Posts: 1207
Posted: May/04/2006 11:08 AM PST

I've gotten half my plants from freecycle! LOL

So far I have gotten hostas, rose of sharon's, bee balm, lemon balm and oregano.
mare460 photos
Joined: 6/15/2004
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 1368
Posted: May/04/2006 5:19 PM PST

There aren't any groups within 100 miles of me.
Daisy
Joined: 7/09/2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 4557
Posted: May/04/2006 5:25 PM PST

When I was in need of a lot of pots for plants, I used to buy the peat pots in the largest sizes, as they are very affordable.
ncgardengirl photos
Joined: 6/11/2002
Location: north carolina
Posts: 410
Posted: May/04/2006 5:35 PM PST

Old wheel barrels make great planters, milk jugs, and old craked plastic storage containers i have used before as well. Us gardeners will find places to plant, it is in our blood. I have a sink i plant in.
ncgardengirl photos
Joined: 6/11/2002
Location: north carolina
Posts: 410
Posted: May/04/2006 5:37 PM PST

You could try the upside tomato thing. Theres a thread on here somewhere on how to do it.
Briarwoods photos
Joined: 3/16/2006
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Posted: May/04/2006 7:03 PM PST

Quote:
Originally posted by Daisy
When I was in need of a lot of pots for plants, I used to buy the peat pots in the largest sizes, as they are very affordable.


They have 5 gallon peat pots?
sashweezy
Joined: 6/06/2005
Location: Ontario, Canada..Zone 4
Posts: 8401
Posted: May/04/2006 7:09 PM PST

If they recycle in your area, recycle boxes are great. We can purchase them for $5.00 a piece at the local municipality recycle centre. I bought two to use as toy boxes for the grand-kids toys that I keep here for when they come. Milk or pop crates with a garbage bag inside should work too. I also have an insert from an old kitchen garbage can that I use.
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