I cannot believe how much people are willing to pay for fancy and even not
so fancy plastic containers for growing plants. Even with the high cost of
petroleum, paying something over $10 for a flower pot seems excessive. I was
just over at a nursery where they were willing to pay you $0.30 if you
brought your 15 gallon plastic pot back to be recycled. They were not even
willing to give a quote on how much they would charge to sell the for cash.
If you just want to grow some veggies of berries in a pot, how can you get
containers at a reasonable price?
-- Ferme le Bush
What's wrong with just using cups? Get the cheap ones and poke drainage
holes in them where needed. If you mess one up, you're only out a cent
You'll have to provide your own dirt, but that's what potting soil is
Old computers are getting to be a lost art. Here at Uncreative Labs, we
Check with local landscapers, they always have plenty left. Also if you
have a local college with a hort dept, they usually use new ones for
their research projects and give the old ones away.
Salmon Egg wrote:
I pick 'em up from the side of the road when people put them out on
trash day. Sometimes they still have plants in them that can be nursed
back to health. Last spring, after one of our many late cold snaps, I
picked up two that had frost burned and dead looking butterfly bushes
in them. By May I was able to plant both a pink and a white butterfly
bush over at my mother's.
Lanscapers may let you haul their used containers away.
If you don/t care what the bucket looks like, you can recycle the 5-gal
plastic containers that once held kitty litter or house paint or cut the top
off a 1-gal milk jug or a 2-litre soda bottle.
Another good source is the garden center in the fall when annuals are deep
discounted to under a $1. I/ve bought the plant to get the pot.
I live in SoCal and the 99 cents only chain has some square plastic
containers regularly along with round red clay pots. Last year I got a
large ceramic pot that was about 16 inches tall and about 14 inches
across that beautifully holds a cinammon plant a friend gave me.
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