Trash Can Planter: Love it!

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Trash Can Planter

By chelle
April 1, 2013

Extend the depth of your root zone area and reduce watering needs by planting in low-cost refuse containers purchased from a discount store.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 31, 2013 8:01 PM CST
Chelle: Thanks so much for sharing this great idea! Those containers make such lovely planters and I really need to know where you purchased them! I've never seen refuse containers like those and I'd sure like a few ... love the idea of the wire outer basket too! Thumbs up
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chelle
Mar 31, 2013 8:14 PM CST
Dollar General and Walmart seem to stock them most regularly around here, Lin. I've found some online too, but they're generally more $.
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canadanna
Mar 31, 2013 8:14 PM CST
Looks very neat. Wire baskets are a really nice idea. I thought at first you were using those huge trash cans, so glad I opened your article.
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plantladylin
Mar 31, 2013 8:17 PM CST
Thanks Chelle! I'm going to Wal-Mart tomorrow and will be checking Dollar General too!
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Bubbles
Mar 31, 2013 8:23 PM CST
I agree with Lin !
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webesemps
Mar 31, 2013 11:19 PM CST
Great Idea and economical and thinking-out-of-the-planter-pot!! Hurray!
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virginiarose
Apr 1, 2013 5:03 AM CST
Chelle, only you could have thought of that! How gorgeous, you are so inventive. Green Grin!

I actually have a couple of those wire trash cans in a red color, I was wondering what to do with them! Thumbs up
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Apr 1, 2013 9:56 AM CST
Great idea Chelle, and what an easy way to change up what's in a bed. I can't wait to give this a try. Thumbs up
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chelle
Apr 1, 2013 12:04 PM CST
Big Grin Thanks!

I thought I'd mentioned the size when I submitted the article but I guess I didn't after all.
Some of mine are tagged as 2.8 L, and some are a bit larger. Any about this size and significantly taller than they are wide work very well and are easily moved from place to place. Smiling
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wildflowers
Apr 1, 2013 3:56 PM CST
Chelle, first let me say, your pictures are beautiful!

I like using things like trash cans as planters. I have one trash can about the size of yours which is great for flowing plants, like nasturtiums. You've inspired me to find more! Like you said, it's an inexpensive way to pot up your plants. It's just so crazy how much money they want for planters at the garden centers and nurseries!

Great tip! Thumbs up
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Samigal
Apr 1, 2013 5:27 PM CST
I was just told from my neighbor about using aluminum cans in deep planters. She came over asking if I had any soda cans and of course had to know why. Now, I'm saving some for myself when I use a large container for planting.
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virginiarose
Apr 1, 2013 5:59 PM CST
The small plastic water bottles are good too.
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Marilyn
Apr 1, 2013 11:48 PM CST
Don't know what the wire trash cans look like. Do y'all have pics to show me? (empty ones)

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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Apr 2, 2013 7:28 AM CST
Her's look the same as mine but mine are red.

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woofie
Apr 2, 2013 9:49 AM CST
Oddly enough, a few years ago I found some really inexpensive planters at Walmart (I mean CHEAP, like 97 cents!) and used them for trash cans in the house! They were cheaper and larger than the trash cans! Hilarious!
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Apr 2, 2013 10:04 AM CST
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Apr 2, 2013 10:13 AM CST
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chelle
Apr 2, 2013 11:00 AM CST
woofie said:Oddly enough, a few years ago I found some really inexpensive planters at Walmart (I mean CHEAP, like 97 cents!) and used them for trash cans in the house! They were cheaper and larger than the trash cans! Hilarious!


...and even odder yet maybe... I'm toying with the idea of using a big ceramic planter as a laundry hamper! Rolling on the floor laughing I'm tired of the cat clawing up those slat-sided affairs that we've been using for years. Hilarious!

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woofie
Apr 2, 2013 11:03 AM CST
Smiling Be more esthetically pleasing, too. But where are you going to find a ceramic planter with a lid? Hilarious!
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Apr 2, 2013 11:32 AM CST
woofie said: Smiling Be more esthetically pleasing, too. But where are you going to find a ceramic planter with a lid? Hilarious!


I'd probably just leave it open. We rarely close ours anyway. Whistling

If one were needed however, a matching or contrasting ceramic plate with a ceramic or glass ball handle attached to it might make a nice lid. Smiling
Hmmm... ideas - now to find the time...!





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