Containers forum: Recycled & re-purposed items, not-a-pot pots, unconventional uses for pots

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Apr 5, 2017 4:39 PM CST
What did you put "dirt" & plants into? All of my items with holes big enough for dirt to fall out are lined with window screen &/or landscape fabric.

Here's a few to start things off...

Wire desk or locker accessory
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"orchid-style" pot is a pot, but had to be finagled to hang
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Thing for kids to observe "bugs". EDIT: Nope, husband said I stole his cricket thing, for fishing bait.
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Old wall sconce light fixture, electrical parts removed & hung with some rolled steel wire.
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Wire basket. From a freezer? IDK.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Apr 5, 2017 9:42 PM CST
This I have seen used in bars to contain bar napkins and in restaurants to serve skinny French Fries;

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Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
I'm quite frond of plants.
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DaisyRyder
Apr 6, 2017 3:37 PM CST
The classic toilet planter. Big Grin

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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Apr 6, 2017 4:23 PM CST
OMG...is that a habitat for what appears to be a real turtle?
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LizDTM
Apr 6, 2017 7:22 PM CST
I have used some Amazon boxes as ghetto planters. I use them in my backyard for things like onions. Hey, I ran out of money and I needed to plant the onions! Working well. I think they'll last the summer, and then they'll compost really nicely.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. -Anaïs Nin
Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
I'm quite frond of plants.
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DaisyRyder
Apr 7, 2017 7:41 AM CST
webesemps said:OMG...is that a habitat for what appears to be a real turtle?


We shall love him and hug him and call him George.
;)
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Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
I'm quite frond of plants.
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DaisyRyder
Apr 8, 2017 9:59 AM CST
So, I live in BFE. There's no trash service. We have to haul everything to the dump. I used to recycle everything. I mean everything! The county passed out some blue, plastic boxes to help sort out the recyclables. Aluminum, glass, paper, plastic.
After turning in my recyclables and getting a fifty cent discount on my ten dollar bill at the dump, and as I was driving away I looked in the rear view mirror. What I saw just dumbfounded me. I stopped and watched as everything I had so diligently separated to be recycled was dumped in a single truck. And that truck dumped everything in a big giant hole in the ground. That's when I learned that this poor county DOES NOT recycle.
I burn everything now ....
But those recycle bins they gave me have been recycled into planters.
This one is a little over grown. I just noticed the giant crack in it yesterday. So I'm thinking I'll go get some more and grow some carrots in them. Smiling

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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Apr 8, 2017 10:18 AM CST
That's unfortunate.
That's some Aloe colony you got there!
Name: Kimbrie Sauvageau
Lakewood WA (Zone 8a)
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punk_rock_garderner
Apr 8, 2017 10:28 AM CST
I love to go antiquing and find unusual planters. Such as an old trunk or vintage milk containers. It is inexpensive and creative.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Apr 8, 2017 10:36 AM CST
This isn't hanging yet, but it will be. And as I have more stems growing to do so, I plan to stick more ornamental purslane, Sedum & others in all of the holes on the sides.
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Name: Meri Taylor
SD (Zone 4b)
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mnmat
Apr 12, 2017 12:43 PM CST
I have a "thing" for old galvanized.

I bought a 112 year old house with, I swear, the original shed on the property. The shed had quite a few pieces of galvanized buckets and tubs and old enameled dishpans. Of course I planted the ones with holes in the bottoms and found other uses around the yard for the ones without. The enameled plate in the picture with the witches cauldron is a water dish for my cats.
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This was found in the basement of my house. The chicken wire supported Thunbergia last year.


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this hanging pot has rusted out but watered the wash pan below it!



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The large tub has almost no bottom left so I put plastic in so the dirt wouldn't run out


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I found this gem at an estate sale recently. I was there while they were packing up and they gave it to me free! Score!

Now I just need to wait until its warm enough to plant!

Meri
Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
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herrwood
Apr 12, 2017 1:02 PM CST
Laundry basket


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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Apr 12, 2017 3:50 PM CST
Wow Ed, you weren't kidding when you said you have your in-laws' semps everywhere! Hilarious!
Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
I'm quite frond of plants.
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DaisyRyder
Apr 12, 2017 5:04 PM CST
mnmat said:I have a "thing" for old galvanized.



Your story is amazing. That's quite and old house. Imagine if it could talk? I'd kill for that washer. To use it!
Copied the "Rust In Piece". I like that. ;)
Name: Sasha Wiseman
Fl. (Zone 8b)
I'm quite frond of plants.
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DaisyRyder
Apr 12, 2017 5:08 PM CST
punkrockmom2006 said:I love to go antiquing and find unusual planters. Such as an old trunk or vintage milk containers. It is inexpensive and creative.


Not sure if planting in an old trunk would be wise in my climate. Though I do collect them ... I have some good ones too. I swear this town never grew out of the 20's.
Got a few rusty milk jugs too. Been wondering what to do with them. Thanks for the idea.
Would probably be good for my giant Haworthia with its long a** tap root. ;)
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
Opp, AL 🌵🌷⚘🌹🌻 (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
Apr 14, 2017 10:53 AM CST
I'm excited about this repurpose, hoping it doesn't rust too fast!
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Double-decker, the bottom pot is hanging from the white thing, which used to be the base of a spinning display rack.
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Both of the above pots hanging together in a spot where it's sunny most of the day, starting about mid-morning (after I took these pics this morning.)
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Old grill & lid, both already come with holes. They're helping keeping this under-smother area from being too boring while we wait for more evil grass to die a slow and hopefully remorseful death.
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5-gallon bucket (holes added in bottom) and tomato cage with Philodendron & Monstera vines.
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Frying pan (holes added in bottom) hanging from a pole hung between 2 trees.
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The less I interfere, the more balance mother nature provides.
👒🎄👣🏡🍃🍂🌾🌿🍁❦❧ 🍃🍁🍂🌾🌻🌸🌼🌹🌽❀☀🌺
☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Ed
Central ,NJ (Zone 6b)
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herrwood
Apr 14, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Thanks to punkrockmom2006 comment I was reminded of my milk can. It covers the pipe that sticks out of the ground from my well and also as a planter. I use to have flowers but as it seems to be more of a deer feeder so I keep semps in it I have a good supply of.

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Plants are like that little ray of sunshine on a rainy day.
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
May 8, 2017 8:34 AM CST
purpleinopp said:What did you put "dirt" & plants into? All of my items with holes big enough for dirt to fall out are lined with window screen &/or landscape fabric.

Here's a few to start things off...





@purpleinopp
I love how creative you are with your plantings, but what I really love is all of your little emoji like things at the bottom of your posts! How did you do that Hilarious!
Toni
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
May 11, 2017 1:40 PM CST
I don't really try, but it happens all the time. Here's some salvage items being re-purposed.

This is my newest attempt. Styrofoam packing to float containers for a couple of plants that like wet feet. The Elephant Ear behind sits on a big section of a tree trunk, but the Juncus has the bottom of the pot in the water. I wanted the square to hold it, but that didn't work once it got the weight of potting soil. I have another square with a container floating, but I may have to find a plant that just sits in water without soil. Everything here turns into a work surface - even a sheet of styrofoam floating on water. Who'd have guessed?
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The top portion of a double boiler serving as a container and a place to hang a gourd birdhouse. The Carolina wrens started a nest and a cowbird or something squeezed in and laid an egg. The wrens weren't fooled and didn't use it
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I think this is a colander? I picked it up at Wal-Mart so I'd have some place to put an orchid they'd marked down. One purchase leads to another, but this is working and the orchid is beginning to bloom.
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A light fixture I dug out of the trash at work a few years ago.
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An old fiberglass hardhat I got out a pasture dump. It's been laying around a couple of years, but I got some Lithops to try and finally used the hat for them.
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A small old copper tea kettle that was down at the barn for years. No clue where it came from or what it was used for at the barn, but a couple of holes and it became a container.
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An old washtub on legs. I had used the tub as a planter, but this year I set it up as a stand because I wanted Brugmansia 'Eternity' elevated and it was big enough to hold the moderate sized tree pot I wanted to use for the brug. Not especially liking the set up, but it's doing the job.
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Donald
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
May 12, 2017 12:23 AM CST
Y'all are all so creative. How about some suggestions / ideas for places to hang 'baskets'? My oak trees are out - they are at least 75 years old and tall! House has no eaves. Fence is falling down and don't want to encourage it to fall faster from the weight of hanging plants. I'm just giving the basic facts, not trying to be 'yes, but'.

So give me some clever ideas. Please?

Here's a few pictures just for fun.

Lady in Red
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Pot Peddler
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Bed time
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