Containers forum: Either of these ok to use as container/miniature garden?

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Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
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Kathy547
Aug 28, 2016 4:21 PM CST
I can't find a wide, on the shallow side, pot. So far, here's what I'm come up with. Either one of those aluminum roasters or a plastic tote/kitty liter box. I will be making a garden & possibly giving it to my preacher & his wife. I don't really like either if I'm giving away as a gift but these are I could find with that width & depth, something I could easily poke holes in, & was cheap.Which sould I go with & is there any way to make them look better?

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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 28, 2016 4:26 PM CST
I would go with the cat litter pan . I have tried moving the foil full and had bad results , just not strong enough.
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Name: Greene
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greene
Aug 28, 2016 4:37 PM CST
Are you handy at carpentry? You can purchase single cedar fence panel boards at Home Depot/Lowe's for about $2.50 each, cut and nail/screw them into a simple box. Drop either the aluminum pan or plastic kitty pan (I like the kitty pan best Thumbs up ) into the cedar box and it will look lovely and make a nice gift.
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Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
Aug 28, 2016 4:53 PM CST
Kitty litter pan with holes drilled into the bottom. The AL pan will quickly corrode away.

Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 28, 2016 5:00 PM CST
I would definitely suggest the kitty litter pan too...you can always spray paint it a nice bright color or terra cotta color. They sell that textured paint too that isn't very expensive and it will look like stone.
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 29, 2016 8:37 AM CST
Another vote against aluminum because it bends too easily, sooo dangerous to move. The reflective quality of the sides is great for plants, but can be blinding when a human is trying to look at it.

You could paint whatever container you choose, or glue fabric, ribbons, sand, twigs, buttons, stickers/contact paper, use your imagination & what you have around you. The style of the decorations in the garden would probably lead you in a similar direction for decorating the outside. :+)

There's a mini gardening forum here, in case you hadn't noticed it. http://garden.org/forums/view/miniature/



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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 29, 2016 10:12 AM CST
Kathy, I agree with everyone else ... the sturdier, heavier plastic kitty litter pan will work best; just be sure to drill a lot of drainage holes throughout the bottom. There are some neat looking miniature gardens pictured here:
https://www.google.com/search?q=rectangular+plastic+bins+for...
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Name: Christie
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cwhitt
Aug 29, 2016 10:18 AM CST
Yup, I'd go with the litter pan also. It should be easy to put some holes in the bottom.
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Finnyc
Aug 29, 2016 1:27 PM CST
I would just hit up a garage sale or the dollar store for plastic bins. A "Kitter Litter" tray's price sometimes is jacked up because its for an animal. But you can find old rubber maid bins or cheaper ones, now that its BACK TO SCHOOL season on sale.
Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
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Kathy547
Sep 7, 2016 8:21 AM CST
Ok herr's what I've got. Sorry about the quality of the pictures (& ignore junk!!!). My cousin gave me the container. Its hard to tell but I've spray painted the sides with that paint that looks like stone. I tried rubbing with some sandpaper first but it may not have been course enough. I've already got soil in it but do I need to spray some more paint or would it look too thick? Do I need to coat it with something to keep the paint from chipping or flaking?

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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Sep 8, 2016 7:43 AM CST
Kathy... make it another 'yes' for the litter pan. As someone has mentioned, the aluminum will corrode too quickly. For plastic pans, don't forget to check second-hand stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army.
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Cinta
Sep 9, 2016 9:54 PM CST
Looks good to me I do not think you need another coat unless there are some spots that are not covered that is not showing in the pic.
I am curious......what are you planting in the box?
Name: Kathy
Arkansas (Zone 8b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Dog Lover Region: Arkansas Region: Louisiana Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Kathy547
Sep 9, 2016 10:52 PM CST
Monthss ago I posted in the miniature gardening forum about this little figurine I got at a thrift store. Its of Jesus carrying a cross. My plan is to have the figurine going down a road towards 2 crosses (with space for the third). At the end of the road will be a cave (representing the tomb. Once thats in place, I'll figure what plants to put in.
Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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RickM
Sep 10, 2016 5:43 AM CST
While in the dollar store yesterday, I noticed some nice plastic pans that would make great little gardens.
What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it. Charles Dudley Warner
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Cinta
Sep 11, 2016 6:46 PM CST
That is going to be beautiful Kathy. Lovey dubby
Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
katesflowers
Sep 29, 2016 5:16 PM CST
I love your theme. A true gift of love.
How about garbage picking? What to look for? A drawer from any type of furniture. I have seen some very creative planters made from drawers. I had an old wooden soda pop crate and lined it with moss and planted it mid-summer.
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Along the container line of thought, but not for your current project, I want to share my up-side-down wire planter which I lined with cocoa mat, filled with potting soil, watered thoroughly, packed more soil in there, covered the top with more matting, tie wrapped wire cloth [1" holes] over the top and flipped it over. Then I planted winter hardy succilants. In the picture I have it sitting on a barrel, but later picked up a cheap 24" plant stand and put it in the garden shade.

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